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Everything You Need to Know About Male Cannabis Plants

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How can you tell if you have female or male cannabis plants?

It’s incredibly important to know how to tell male and female weed plants apart if you plan on growing one or another specifically. Both of them have magnificent properties that make them well worth growing. Female cannabis plants are known for producing flowers along their branches, some more than others. When they’ve been pollenated by a male plant, they produce seeds in order to further the species. They’re known for having calyxes and pistils, which are little hairs, as well as a lot of resin. Male cannabis plants, however, are in charge of producing as much pollen as possible in order to impregnate the females. Their “flowers” are called stamens, which are essentially sacks of pollen that burst at the right time in order to pollinate female flowers.

Alternative uses for male cannabis plants

Cannabis plants have different sexes; male, female and hermaphrodite, although many homegrowers tend to stick with female plants. This is because female plants are the ones that have the most THC (the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effect obtained from cannabis), compared to the amount that male plants produce. This is why male cannabis plants are used for different purposes, mostly. We’re going to give you a list of alternative uses for male cannabis plants – weed isn’t just for getting high, it has many other properties too.

To create new strains or preserve existing ones

For marijuana to reproduce it needs pollen from a male cannabis plant or it will die out without giving any seeds, and therefore have no descendants. In nature, pollen travels through the air directly to the females and filling their fruits with seeds which fall to the ground, germinate, and create a new generation of plant. Nowadays, some seed banks create their hybrids by using feminized seeds; they revert their sex so that they produce pollen, making it possible to cross two or more strains. This means that the seeds obtained from this process won’t have 100% of the properties inherited from the mother plant, meaning that they might lose potency, flavor or production capacity. If you want to cross your own plants, we recommend using regular seeds to grow strong male plants, making your hybrids even better.

To make medicinal extracts

Like we said before, male cannabis plants don’t contain any THC therefore they can’t give any sort of high or psychoactive effect. This, however, does not mean that they don’t contain other kinds of cannabinoids like CBD or CBN which are capable of offering a myriad of medicinal properties without altering the consumer’s state of being or mood. You can make creams and all sorts of tinctures which, by simply applying them to your skin, will offer you all of the medicinal properties that this plant has to offer.

To make hemp fabric

Fiber extracted from hemp is one of the strongest fibers in the world, which is why it’s been used for hundreds of years in clothing, bags and even ropes. The first ever pair of jeans known to man were made out of hemp; the strength of the fiber made them practically unbreakable, making for a higher resistance than other materials like corduroy. Hemp ropes are known to be the most resistant ropes, used mostly for climbing, fishing and construction. Nowadays you can find all sorts of hemp products, albeit at a slightly higher price than normal products, but their guaranteed to last longer so you won’t regret spending that little bit extra.

To make hemp paper

Thanks to how fast these plants grow plus the small amount of space they take up and the quality of their fibers, hemp could be used as an important source of paper which would also help reduce the amount of deforestation done every year. It has been proved that thanks to hemp, you can get cheaper and stronger paper that doesn’t need to go through too many chemical processes to come out correctly, making it one of the most ecologic and least contaminating papers in the world. The first campaigns against cannabis were made by paper companies, printer owners etc. They knew how high cannabis’s paper production was and they were ready to say whatever was needed to try and get it out of the way, which started a wave of slander directed towards cannabis that is still happening today.

To harvest edible seeds

Hemp seeds are an important source of vitamins, energy and fiber, and they’re slowly being accepted by society; people prefer to criticize “edible marijuana seeds” instead of doing some research and finding out about their real properties. These seeds have a scarce level of cannabinoids, meaning that they won’t produce any sort of high in consumers. They have the best proportion of proteins and vitamins out of all of the seeds in the world, making them an amazing source of energy for professional athletes; one of the most important vitamins it contains is vitamin E. Apart from that, its high fiber levels place it within the 50 basic elements in traditional Chinese medicine due to the fact that it’s one of the best known foods used to fight constipation. They have a similar taste to sunflower seeds and almonds, making them perfect to add to any kind of recipe.

You can use their medicinal roots

The roots, like the seeds, also have beneficial properties for the human body as well as animals, and they have less than 1% THC in them, so there’s no need to worry about getting stoned or high. They have a lot of properties, such as pentacyclic triterpene, friedelin and epifriedelanol which are beneficial to the liver, they avoid tumor growth and they act as a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory. In Chinese traditional medicine, roots were used to get rid of all sorts of pains and to reduce hemorrhaging in women giving birth.

To make cannabis juice

Cannabis juice is a way of consuming cannabis or male cannabis plants that has been done popularly since around 2010. It’s generally used by the ill in order to reduce symptoms from their illness or treatments that they’re undergoing. It has been proven to contain an incredible amount of properties, as you’ll be consuming the cannabinoids in their purest form, as they have not been burnt or altered in any other day. It can be used in your daily diet in order to regulate your endocannabinoid system, and people that suffer from cancer or other painful chronic illnesses can obtain an incredible amount of benefits from drinking cannabis juice.

All of these uses and many more have been known for centuries or even millennia, but thanks to our society living in fear of this amazing plant, these uses haven’t been taken advantage of. Hopefully, as the years go by and society makes advances when it comes to this topic, the hemp industry will begin again and provide us with better paper or clothes at a lower cost to our planet.

Many people prefer female over male cannabis plants, but we're here to tell you about all of the hidden benefits and properties that male plants produce.

Male Marijuana Plants: What Can You Do With Them?

The first thing you probably learned as a cannabis grower is how to identify and toss male marijuana plants to prevent them from ‘accidentally’ pollinating your precious females. However, did you know that male marijuana plants can be just as useful as their female counterparts? In this article, we will show you how you can put those males to work!

How To Identify A Male Plant

Identification of the sex of the plant is first possible when it’s around 3-4 weeks into growth for male plants and 4-6 weeks in for female plants. That’s when the cannabis plant starts developing pre-flowers. Cannabis pre-flowers are little versions of adult flowers that appear on marijuana plants relatively early in the vegetative stage and can help indicate the plant’s gender before the beginning of the flowering stage. Male pre-flowers look like a ‘spade’ from a deck of cards. Also, if you notice multiple pollen sacs and no white pistils, then you are dealing with a male plant. Sometimes, the pollen sacs may not be very obvious during early growing stages, but once you notice several hairless pre-flowers stacked together like a bunch of grapes, then you know for sure you’re dealing with a male plant. On the other hand, female pre-flowers tend to have a fat bottom and are usually longer and narrower than their male counterparts. They may also have 1-2 wispy white hairs sticking out from the top. After identifying the gender of your plants, don’t forget to separate the males them from the females if you don’t plan to breed them!

Ways To Put Male Cannabis To Use

Now that we know how to identify male cannabis plants, how do we put them to use?

Breeding New Strains

After spending some time growing strains for consumption only, you might become interested in creating your own strains with desired qualities – e.g. buds that are more resinous, have higher yields or deliver faster turnaround. Well, you will need your males to do this! Don’t forget that the male provides up to 50% of a seed’s genetic makeup. Therefore, select only the best males with the best qualities in your garden for breeding new strains. Are some of them more potent? Maybe some are highly resistant to pests and mold? Use your males to pass on these desirable qualities to future generations.

Using It For THC Concentrates

It’s also a good idea to use your males for THC-rich concentrates such as cannabutter. Although less potent than females, male plants still have some THC and thus are psychoactive. While male cannabis plants don’t produce buds, small amounts of cannabinoids can be found in the sacs, leaves and stems of the plant. In fact, male plants have a higher THC concentration in their leaves than females during the vegetative growth stage. The same way you use leftover sugar leaves from females, you can use the males for all the same purposes! The males will have most resin concentrated in the sepals and other areas where pollen is produced. Don’t toss out all this goodness – make hash, cannabutter or other concentrates using these THC-rich parts!

Make Juice Or Tea

Although in lower concentrations, the male plant contains the same cannabinoids as the females. This makes it optimal for making THCA drinks – for example, teas and juices. Cannabolic acids such as CBDA and THCA in cannabis juice benefit the human body in the same way other forms of marijuana does.

Cannabis juice provides a better option of benefiting from cannabinoids without worrying so much about adverse side effects or getting high. Just don’t use the bigger leaves and thicker stalks so as to avoid a bitter plant taste.

Use It In Your Regular Garden

Just like females, male plants also produce terpenes – aromatic oils that give cannabis its unique and delightful scent and taste. These terpenes are associated with pest and disease control, and for this reason, you may want to include your males in a flower or vegetable garden. You can also use dried male plant parts to create a terpene-rich oil and use it to repel insects and pests. Just ensure that your flower garden (with male cannabis plants) is well separated from any female cannabis plants to avoid cross-pollination.

Produce Hemp Fiber

Both males and females can produce fibers. However, there’s a distinctive difference in the type of fibers that the two plants can produce. These fibers are normally put to different uses. For instance, male fibers have firm and fibrous stalks which can be used to produce a softer material. Their fiber is also softer and thinner compared to that produced by females. These qualities make them desirable for producing household items such as high-quality cloth such as towels or bed linens.

Wrapping Up

While female cannabis plants are popular for their resinous and more potent buds, male plants are far from useless. Not only can they provide us with healthy THCA juices, but they also make great companions for an ideal flower garden. They can also be used in concentrates and as pest repellents. However, don’t forget that their pollen grains can travel far, so make sure your females are properly protected!

Cannabis growers are often scared of the male marijuana plant, eager to get rid of it as soon as possible. But there’s actually a lot you can do with a male weed plant, from making concentrates and edibles to even creating your own strains! ]]>