Albino Weed And Other Reasons Behind The White Color Of Your Cannabis
If you’ve ever seen photos of all-white weed, it’s hard to deny that it isn’t beautiful. For years, cannabis enthusiasts and breeders have been trying to obtain weed in a variety of colors – purple, blue, red, even black. When it comes to white weed, it may be gorgeous to look at, but its reason for being such a pure white might surprise you.
What Is Albinism In Plants?
Albinism is a condition classified as the loss of pigmentation. In plants, however, this could be detrimental to a plant’s survival, as a lack of pigmentation means a lack of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a special pigment in plants that absorbs ultraviolet rays from the sun, and is what causes plants to be green in color. It’s an active player in photosynthesis, so without chlorophyll, plants have no way of absorbing sunlight and receiving proper nutrients.
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So, Is Albino Weed Real?
Although many photos can be found on the Internet of albino cannabis and white weed strains, the survival of an albino marijuana plant is most likely a myth. Without a sufficient amount of chlorophyll, it’s unlikely that an albino plant could live long enough to produce buds of any sort. Albinism in cannabis is, essentially, a genetic defect that will hinder the growth of your plant. Even if an albino cannabis plant could survive and produce flowers, the buds in question would have very low THC due to the lack of nutrients it received during its growth.
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White Cannabis: How Is It Possible?
White cannabis does not always occur because of a genetic trait like albinism. Instead, it can occur due to many other factors such as light bleach, powdery mildew, or as a side-effect of cross-breeding strains.
If you notice parts of your cannabis plant turning shades of white, this could be due to light bleach. Light bleach occurs when your plants are overexposed to direct, constant light at high temperatures. This discoloration is most likely to occur on top branches, leaves and buds, since these are the parts of the plant likely to have longer exposure to direct, artificial light. Light bleach very rarely occurs with outdoor plants and is typically only a symptom of indoor growth. Learn how to deal with light burn in our article on the topic.
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Sometimes, your so-called albino weed could be due not to albinism, but rather to something more deadly to your plant such as powdery mildew. If your plants have no genetic defects to your knowledge but are producing all-white weed, they could be infected with a fungus that’s very unhealthy to smoke and deadly to the survival of your plants. You can tell it’s powdery mildew from the unpleasant smell and its powder-like appearance on the buds, stems and leaves.
There are many strains of cannabis that are bred to grow white weed buds. These strains are not carriers of the albinism trait, but are bred to have prominent white-colored crystals of resin form on their surface. The most famous white weed strain is probably White Widow, a cross between a Brazilian Sativa and an Indian Indica, and which is characterized by its all-white weed buds and prominent crystallization.
Albino Weed? Think Again
Next time you come across some all-white weed, you might need to think twice before you decide to consume it. There are a variety of reasons why weed can appear white in color, with albinism being the most interesting but rarest of them all. So, unless your weed has been purposefully bred to appear white in color, you might want to steer clear and stick to the good ol’ green stuff.
There are a variety of reasons why weed can appear white in color. When it comes to white weed, albinism may be gorgeous to look at, but its reason for being such a pure white might surprise you
White marijuana, myth or reality?
White marijuana, myth or reality
It has long been believed that white marijuana was a product of fiction such as the unicorn or the Snowman. An extravagance that could not be more than a product of photographic montages.
The lack of light caused the plants to turn white, and so the New York White regia was born, to which some growers would go to give love in the sewers to harvest their white and superpowerful buds.
In this post we are going to try to dismantle some myths that run on the internet and we are going to look at the subject from the most scientific prism.
White marijuana is the result of genetic mutation, just as it happens in nature, this phenomenon is known as albinism.
Albinism is not an exclusive mutation of animals, it can also occur in plants. In both cases the phenomenon is characterized by the absence of pigments, melanin in animals and chlorophyll in plants.
the phenomenon is characterized by the absence of pigments
? White cannabis plants
The white colour in marijuana occurs from time to time, as a result of a double recessive gene that determines the absence of chlorophyll or a bad development of the genes that order the production of pigment.
The first one gives like result an absolutely white plant, although it is not the most usual thing; and in the second case what mutates is the bud or a part of the plant. Another possible explanation is that the deficient pigmentation is due to the non-conformity between the nuclear and chloroplastic genomes.
Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives colour to plants. Its purpose, more than aesthetic, is vital since it is necessary for the photosynthesis process. The chlorophyll of cannabis leaves is responsible for absorbing sunlight, triggering the chemical reaction that produces glucose feeding the plant from carbon dioxide (CO₂) and raw sap obtained from mineral salts and subsoil water.
The deficient pigmentation is due to the non-conformity between the nuclear and chloroplastic genomes
? Effects of white cannabis
If it is true that the white marijuana gives us with a beautiful flower, chlorophyll low levels deliver a product of lower quality compared to conventional varieties.
The albino marijuana cannot create the necessary energy to provoke the chemical reactions that cannabinoids produce, present in low concentrations in this type of marijuana, destiny almost has made them a Chinese vase.
In addition to genetic factors, albinism can have environmental triggers such as light, temperature and substrate cultivation.
Cannabis plants may have white tones due to light exposure. These varieties are not albino or white, but green plants discolored during growth by an intentional approach or by accident to a light source, such as a high-intensity lamp focus that affects the pigment.
This causes a whitening, which mainly affects the overexposed areas of the plant. This alteration is usually manifested in plants cultivated indoors, but it is very rare that it occurs outdoors.
Discoloration due to light overexposure causes stress in plants, although it usually affects only those parts of the plant that receive light excess. Depigmentation progress can be avoided with the use of fertilizers and light adjustments.
Genetic factors produce a small amount of chlorophyll when the albino plant germinates. On the other hand, in chlorosis, a disease that can disturb our shoots, bleaching is caused by a shortage of nutrients in the subsoil.
Marijuana needs abundant nitrogen (N), a moderate amount of potassium (K) and a lower proportion of phosphorus (P) in its vegetative growth phase. Less nitrogen, more phosphorus and similar levels of potassium in the flowering phase, to which micronutrients such as calcium (Ca), copper (Cu), boron (B), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), sulphur (S), molybdenum (Mo), magnesium (Mg) and zinc (Zn) are added to multiply the number and size of your buds.
When depigmentation is caused by chlorosis, you can stop it by supplying fertilizers containing these elements and by providing a glucose supplement to extend life expectancy of the plant and increase the production rates of its fruit.
Cannabis chlorosis doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
The inability of albino specimens to execute the photosynthesis process means that these plants do not have the ability to reproduce. Most of them have a short life period, which comes to an end without having to intervene any plague, because the lack of chlorophyll is enough to slow down the flower development. The cuttings that eventually sprout are predestined to an immediate death.
In spite of it, some specimens of white marijuana can live a lot of time. Experts have not been able to determine with certainty of how they feed chlorophyll lack to elaborate their own nutrients; although everything points to that they are parasites that are nourished from the carbohydrates obtained by the synthesis of other organisms.
Almost-albine varieties, known as variegades, are more likely to reach maturity
Albino plants are an obstacle to maximizing the harvest, crop quality and growth rate, so most growers will prefer to let them die if they show signs of albinism in early stages of life.
In fact, recently, there are many producers who, just for the fact of having this white plant, of great beauty (which cannot be denied) between their crops, they receive more plants of this type than there were until now. And what do you think? Do you want to have one or at least try it? We are waiting for your opinion!
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