Increasing Cannabis THC and CBD Levels – CBD Video
Secrets of the Pink Kush: How to Increase Cannabis THC/CBD Levels by Billy Budd
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Secrets of the Pink Kush
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Secrets of the Pink Kush:
Increasing THC and/or CBD Levels in Cannabis
by Billy Budd (William H. Bradshaw, Dipl. T, CPIM)
If you wish to become a Master Grower and/or breeder of cannabis then read my book Secrets of the Pink Kush by William H. Bradshaw which is available on Amazon as a three volume set. It also contains many other secrets and discoveries that cannot found anywhere else in the world. The book employs the scientific method throughout and as such the information can be verified and the results replicated.
This video describes the general processes for increasing the THC/CBD levels in cannabis in order to produce a higher quality product/medicine for medical patients.
There are several ways to increase the THC and/or CBD levels in cannabis. This can be done through environmental factors like soil, growing method, nutrients, lighting and CO2, avoiding lopping or FIM (Fuck I Missed or U shaped lopping) as pruning techniques for yield and also by genetic manipulation of the chromosomes (increasing the ploidy level). This transcript/video is a summary from my book Secrets of the Pink Kush so I recommend you read the book for complete details as well as watch my other videos especially How to Grow Medical Marijuana and the other videos regarding polyploidism.
CBD versus THC
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main ingredients in cannabis that most seek. There are many other compounds (at least 85 identified) in cannabis but for brevity we will stick with the two main compounds. The genetics of your strain will dictate the amount of THC and/or CBD. THC is produced by sativa strains while CBD is produced by indica strains. Hybrids (sativa mated with indica) produces both compounds. Pure indicas may have some THC but the CBD is antagonist to THC so its effects are minimized or not even realized. The opposite is true for sativas, that is to say that there is some CBD in sativas but the THC overwhelms the effects/ Both compounds have medicinal value, CBD as an analgesic and THC as antidepressant. High THC strains contain levels over 20% while high CBD strains contain levels over 4%.
The use of the proper macro (NPK) and micro nutrients (zinc, boron, manganese, calcium, B vitamins, copper, etc.) will enable the plant to grow and thrive thus enabling the maximum production of THC and/or CBD for that particular strain. Follow the correct levels in parts per million and increase accordingly as the plant grows. Ensure that your nutrients contain a broad spectrum of macro and micro nutrients in their appropriate ratios. The vegetative stage will require higher levels of nitrogen while the flowering stage requires higher levels of potassium and phosphorous. Micro nutrients are required throughout both cycles.
The increase in CO2 will have a positive impact on plant health and growth rate. The CO2 will help in the overall production of both THC and CBD levels.
Topping the plant will increase the yield but it will also reduce the quality and thus the THC and/or CBD levels will be reduced on those branches. This is due to the fact that you cannot get something from nothing. It is an immutable law of physics. You will sacrifice quantity for quality by not topping.
Using the correct lighting and the correct distance (Metal Halide for vegetation and High Pressure Sodium for flowering) will help in the growth rates. If the lights are too far away the growth rate will slow and the node intervals will increase. Adding metal halide lights to your high pressure sodium during the flowering cycle will increase the THC levels as the plant produces more THC to protect itself from the UV light. Another alternative is to add a UV emitting light. This approach may be more economical. The THC and CBD levels will be lower if the lights are too far away and your plant will burn if they are too close. Dial it in for maximum THC/CBD production.
Keep the pH in correct range for the correct time frame. This will allow for optimum THC/CBD production. Start at 6.5 and end at 6.1 for vegetative growth and start at 6.1 and end at 5.5 for the flowering stage.
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