Darkness before the chop

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I’ve read in many places that putting your plants in complete darkness before the chop can increase THC and terpine production. Like most theories of this nature there are arguments on both sides. I came across this video that has actual scientific testing done. Anyone had any experience themselves with this technique?
 

Anoma

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I haven't watched the video yet however from my point of view, if they've spent 8-10 weeks producing trichomes, would a day or two of darkness really make a difference?

For example, it reminds me of tech spec enthusiasts, they'll read a spec sheet saying the CPU has 0.3GHz more than another CPU, or a phones camera has 0.8 Megapixels than another phone and they claim it's better but if they were to do a side by side test, could they really tell the difference?

So let's put it in stoner terms. Give these people the same bud grown with and without the final dark period. I don't think anyone would be able to tell the difference. So in the end it's up to you what you do.
 

HomeGrownOrganic

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I have read this before too Maybe at the end of ya next grow put one plant in the dark before harvest and compare the results???
Only way to find out 4 sure I reckon (y)
 

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The end results were less than 1 percent difference of THC But the terpines did seem to change over time. Personally I don’t think i would be able to tell much difference tbh. It would be an important issue though if you were a medical grower/supplier to reach the absolute max potential of your grow.
I do find all the new research in growing cannabis really interesting that is now happening especially in the USA. Kind of myth-busting a lot of the bro-science you see on the forums. If I had more of a controlled environment (especially temperature) I would do a side by side test for myself for sure.
 

nici

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I give them their last plain water then lights out for 72hrs. Seems to give them a bit more fullness during harvest and they don't dry as quickly. As to whether they are more potent I'm not sure but they sure do glisten when I open the tent.
 

Sistermaryelephant

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1 of the reasons I do it ,although not that long I've found that as long as its more than 12hrs , is during light hours the plant is producing food at night time it uses that food
So the theory is that you'll get a cleaner smoother smoke
Also maybe not the production of more resin or terpines but more being able to maximise the retention of them during harvest and drying
 
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