Pollen weed, or cannabis pollen, is the powdery, fine substance produced by male cannabis plants. It contains the plant’s reproductive cells and fertilizes female plants to produce seeds. While pollen is not commonly consumed, it is crucial in cannabis cultivation and breeding.
Pollen and Cannabis Reproduction
Pollen plays a vital role in the reproduction of cannabis plants. When released, the fine particles can travel through the air or be transported by insects, landing on the female flowers. If the pollen successfully reaches the pistils of the female plant, fertilization occurs, leading to seed development. Breeders can intentionally use pollen to create new strains through controlled pollination.
Pollen’s Impact on Flowering Females
When pollen comes into contact with female cannabis plants during the flowering stage, it can have unintended consequences. If the female plant becomes pollinated, it shifts energy from producing resinous flowers to developing seeds. This diminishes the overall potency and quality of the harvested buds. Therefore, growers typically take precautions to prevent accidental pollination.
Utilizing Pollen for Breeding
Pollen is a valuable tool for cannabis breeders. By selectively collecting and applying pollen from desirable male plants to specific female plants, breeders can create new hybrids with desired traits. This process allows for the preservation and enhancement of specific genetic characteristics, such as flavor, potency, and growth patterns.
Controlling Pollen in Cultivation
Controlling pollen is crucial in cannabis cultivation, especially for those growing solely for flower production. To prevent accidental pollination and seed development, growers employ various methods, such as utilizing separate grow spaces for male and female plants, using feminized seeds, or carefully removing male plants from the growing environment.