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Research from the University of British Columbia (UBC) has revealed that a higher quantity of the microscopic, mushroom-shaped hairs that cover the marijuana plant are what determine the potency of the cannabinoid and fragrance.
In a study published in The Plant Journal, UBC researchers used a combination of advanced microscope techniques and chemical profiling to examine the internal structures and development of individual microscopic hair, called trichomes, in a fast-flowering hemp variety of Cannabis sativa called Finola. The researchers’ findings proved a long-held belief among cannabis enthusiasts that the trichomes hold the richest source of THC- and CBD-forming metabolites and fragrance-giving terpenes.