Are there dark strains of marijuana?

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Do dark varieties of marijuana occur naturally in nature? Of course. Plant parts can take on different colors, including flowers, leaves, buds, pistils and secretory hairs. True fans of marijuana, i.e. cannabis, are no longer surprised by the fact that there are varieties with various aromas and flavors, and even more so with different colors. Many of them also know how to extract more intense and exotic colors from hemp during cultivation! Why do this? For example, for visual effects.

Dark marijuana varieties vs. brown marijuana – is it a result of genetics or a warning light?

Dark marijuana strains may have naturally darker leaves and buds, which is a result of their genetics. Such varieties often feature unique shades such as purple, navy blue, and even black. However, if a plant that usually has lighter colored leaves or buds begins to turn brown, this may be a warning sign.

In this article, we will first present the aspect related to genetically dark marijuana varieties and then see when dark or brown marijuana should trigger a warning light for a grower. We invite you.

Black marijuana genetics

In addition to the well-known green, orange, red and purple varieties of cannabis, there are also black varieties of marijuana. Such genetics will certainly be valuable for every collector, and for breeders who can grow hemp in their country, it will be a spectacular plant decorating their garden or windowsill at home!

Below you will find some popular cannabis strains that can take on dark colors. You can find the rest of the black marijuana seeds in our store.

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Black marijuana buds

What makes cannabis naturally so dark as to be black? Phytochemicals, or plant dyes, are responsible for all the shades that plant parts take on. In most plants, the most abundant pigment is chlorophyll, which is responsible for the green color. The dark buds of marijuana are probably due to the presence of anthocyanins in the plant. These flavonoids are found in fruits such as blueberries and blackberries, but also in vegetables such as eggplant. Anthocyanins take on different colors depending on pH and temperature, so in some cases you can manipulate the color of marijuana during its cultivation.

Do dark marijuana buds always portend something good?

Unfortunately, we have to distinguish the dark, but natural color of dried hemp flowers from dark, spoiled dried material. The best method is to use our sense of smell as a quality indicator. If the herb does not smell, i.e. you do not feel the terpenes, then in combination with a dark brown tint, it is a sign that you have a low-quality herb. Read more about how to check the quality of dried herbs HERE.

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Do dark marijuana varieties have more potency?

We already know that the color of marijuana has nothing to do with its potency. The content of psychotropic cannabinoids such as THC does not depend on the content of plant dyes. You can find strong, light cannabis strains as well as strong dark ones, and vice versa.

Marijuana black leaves

Black leaves, but also flowers can be a godsend for growers who struggle with pests or wild animals in the place of their legal cultivation! This color usually repels animals and insects, thanks to which you do not have to worry about fencing or insecticides harmful to human health.

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Brown marijuana – a product of genetics or a breeding problem?

Dark-colored cannabis strains often display naturally dark leaves and buds as a result of their genetic heritage. Such varieties often feature unusual colors, such as shades of purple, navy blue and even black. However, when a plant that usually has lighter leaves or buds suddenly begins to turn a darker shade, it may be a warning sign.

How to tell the difference? 

Here are some key differences to help you distinguish whether it's genetics or a problem:

  1. Variety history: If you are growing a variety known for darker colors, this is probably a normal genetic trait.
  2. Changes over time: If the plant changes color as it grows and this is not typical for the variety, this may indicate a problem.
  3. The overall health of the plant: Pay attention to other symptoms such as leaf condition, plant growth, and overall health.
  4. Growing conditions: Changes in growing conditions, such as lighting, irrigation, or nutrition, can affect the color of the plant.
  5. Comparison with other plants: If you are growing different varieties together, comparing their colors and health can help identify problems.

Remember that observation and experience are key when growing marijuana. Monitoring plants closely and responding to any disturbing changes is essential to maintaining healthy and productive crops.

Should brown marijuana buds be a concern for growers?

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Yes, brown marijuana buds should be a cause for concern for the grower. While in some cases this may be a normal aspect of the plant's life cycle or the genetic specificity of the variety, more often it indicates problems that may negatively impact plant health and quality.

Here are some reasons why a grower should pay special attention to browning buds. Very important is early detection of problems. Color changes may be the first signal that something is wrong with the plant, e.g. environmental stress, diseases or pests.

Then you need to focus on prevention spread of problems. A quick response can prevent diseases or pests from spreading to other plants. Optimizing growing conditions will help with this. Noticing problems allows you to adjust the growing environment, which is crucial for plant health and performance.

You need to react quickly because plant health problems can significantly affect the quality and quantity of the obtained crop. The blessing in disguise is that every problem is an opportunity to learn and improve your growing skills. If you observe these changes early, you will be able to get out of this situation unscathed.

Therefore, it is worth observing your plants closely and responding to any disturbing signals to provide them with the best conditions for growth and development.

Brown marijuana, brown marijuana buds – why and what causes it?

brown marijuana

Brown marijuana buds can be the result of several different factors. Here are some possible causes:

  1. Environmental stress: Sudden changes in temperature, improper lighting, too much or no humidity can lead to discoloration.
  2. Nutrition deficiencies: Deficiencies of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, or trace elements may cause browning of leaves and buds.
  3. Diseases and pests: Fungal and bacterial infections, as well as the presence of pests, can damage plants, which results in browning.
  4. Excess fertilizers: Too much fertilizer can cause root and leaf burn, which can also lead to browning.
  5. Natural aging process: At the end of its life cycle, the cannabis plant may naturally turn browner.
  6. Genetics: Some varieties tend to have browning buds, especially in the later stages of flowering.

Each of these factors requires a different intervention, so it is important to accurately diagnose the problem. Remember to regularly monitor your plants and adjust growing conditions to their needs.

Brown marijuana, brown buds, dark marijuana varieties – summary 

In summary, dark marijuana strains are often the result of specific genetics that give the plants unusual colors, such as shades of purple, navy blue, and even black. Breeders value these varieties for their unique appearance and often specific properties. However, regardless of natural genetic characteristics, each marijuana plant requires careful observation.

A change in color to a darker color, especially if it is a significant and unexpected change, may be a warning signal. This may indicate a number of problems, such as environmental stress, nutrient deficiencies, diseases, or excess fertilizers. Therefore, it is important for breeders to be able to distinguish variety-specific characteristics from potential signals of plant health problems.

Remember that the key to success is regular and thorough observation of plants, paying attention to any changes in their appearance and health, and appropriate response to detected problems. Understanding the specifics of a given marijuana variety and the ability to identify problems are the foundations of effective and satisfying cultivation.

If you are looking for marijuana seeds with unusual, exotic colors, you will find everything here! Examples of genetics are given in our entry about colorful marijuana strains.

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ATTENTION! In Poland, the law prohibits the cultivation of hemp other than fibrous. This post is not intended to encourage you to break the law. All content related to the cultivation and processing of marijuana is for educational and curiosity purposes only. Currently, more and more countries in the world allow their citizens to grow a marijuana bush for their own use, but Poland is not one of these countries yet.

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