If you have ever tried to grow your own cannabis, you know that timing is everything.
Timing is important in the delicate process of harvesting your cannabis plant at the appropriate time. Your buds won’t fully blossom if you harvest them too early, but if you wait too long, you risk getting overripe buds.
So….What Are Over Ripe Buds?
Overripe buds are those that have been picked too late. They will develop brown and yellow spots on the surface, and they may even have some white mold growth on them as well. The actual marijuana flower inside may have lost its potency as well.
This can be a problem if you’re trying to preserve your weed for later use or if you’re growing for commercial purposes.
An overripe bud is something you don’t want to deal with. What on earth would make a bud overripe in a cannabis plant? It’s something that most growers don’t want to happen. I mean, when you’re growing a cannabis crop just so you can harvest and smoke the buds, why is it that your precious buds become “over ripe”? We take a look at how to spot the signs of an overripe cannabis bud and why it happens in the first place.
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How to Recognize Overripe Buds?
One of the easiest ways to tell if your buds are overripe is by looking at the trichomes. As flowers age, these tiny resin glands turn a milky white color. This means they’re done producing THC and their essential oils are no longer being secreted into the plant’s leaves.
If you’re looking for a more visual cue, consider how your plants are behaving. If they’re losing their color and changing from green and orange to brown, that’s another indicator that they’ve passed their prime.
If you want to get even more specific, try smelling your buds. When flowers become overripe, they lose their distinctive smell.
Can You Smoke Over Ripe Buds?
So you’ve got a bunch of extra-ripe bud and you’re wondering, “Can I smoke it?”
The answer is yes, but it might not be the best idea.
In most circumstances, overripe buds are still usable. But less potency and poor smoke quality, but they’ll still get you high. The only way to tell if your bud is ready to smoke is by looking at the color of the leaves: if they’re brownish, your bud is overripe.
If you don’t mind this loss in quality, go ahead and smoke up!
Are Over Ripe Buds Bad?
Is your weed bad because it’s over ripe?
The answer is no.
Your buds DO NOT go “bad”.
If you’re wondering if it’s safe to smoke overripe buds, the answer is yes—as long as they don’t smell or taste like vinegar.
Overripe buds can induce a more narcotic and stoney high than fresh buds would.
Conclusion, Over Ripe Buds
Overripe buds are a common occurrence in cannabis. I think most people who grow know about them but don’t know what to do about them or the cause. Hopefully, this article will help you understand this phenomenon and give you some ideas on how to avoid it or deal with it if it happens to you.