Cannabis is a complicated and beautiful flower plant, with a variety of types and strains. Indigenous to central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, cannabis has been cultivated for generations because of its medicinal benefits and recreational effects.
PARTS OF THE PLANT
The dried flower or "buds" of the female plant are what you would normally inhale and ingest when consuming cannabis. The point where these buds come together at the end of the stem is called "terminal bud" or the "cola."
The seven-point fan leaf has come to define the look of cannabis. These distinctive leaves are essential to photosynthesis and growing strong, healthy plants, but have very low concentration of cannabinoids.
Substantially smaller than the fan leaves, sugar leaves are contained within the flower and are coated in trichomes.
Trichomes are the small resin glands that coat the flowers. These crystals are responsible for all cannabinoid and terpene production and determine each strain's effects and flavour.
Stalks, Stems & Nodes
The stalk and stems carry water and nutrients drawn by the roots to the rest of the plant. A cannabis plant's stems contain few cannabinoids. New stem offshoots are called nodes.