ALBINISM IN CANNABIS
Marijuana albina - When you think of albinism, a person of candid colors, with snow-white skin or hair comes to mind. After all, it is a phenomenon that has been gaining popularity over the years, both for its visual eccentricity as well as its presence in literature and on the big screens. But did you know that cannabis can also have this condition?
That's right! A cannabis plant can also sprout with or acquire this condition throughout its life. Below we tell you all about albino marijuana and its curiosities.
Does albino marijuana have any benefits for the plant?
The albino marijuana plant is usually extremely striking for its lack of color that can appear both in its leaves and in its buds. But what is the origin of this condition and what is its consequence?
Well, the truth is that cannabis is not a searched genetics and well achieved to make it more striking and beautiful, but quite the opposite. As in humans or animals, albinism in cannabis is a lack of pigmentation of the plant.
This means that while these plants may be beautiful and eye-catching to look at, genetically they are at a BIG disadvantage as their white color is a sign of a huge lack of chlorophyllThe photosynthesis process by which plants transform light into chemical energy, producing sugars to feed themselves, survive and grow... quite important, isn't it?
A plant that is born 100 percent albino is incapable of photosynthesize and it is for this reason that it never reaches maturity. However, this rarely happens and most commonly cases of albinism in cannabis are not so extreme, with partial or reduced pigmentation. This condition of the semi-albino plant is known as "variegation".
The variegated genetics also have a discoloration in the leaves, but in this last case the common are bicolor leaves that form a very strange pigmentation pattern, where there are parts of the plant without chlorophyll but others that have it, so that it can photosynthesize and feed, reaching maturity.
In conclusion, albinism is a genetic flaw in the cannabis plant and its lack of chlorophyll may be reflected in slower growth and lower production, but that doesn't stop us from growing one of them, either out of curiosity or love for their strange, white condition!