Back in ancient times when I was a kid (late 50’s,early 60’s) finding a bud in a bag of weed was like finding the prize in a box of Cracker Jacks. Now days all you hear about is flower. Did cannabis evolve into something where the only THC is in the buds? Doesn’t anyone smoke the leaves or use them in edibles these days? Seems like it would be kinda wasteful.
Some people use leaves for edibles, but the concentration of trichomes on leaves is far less than that on flower. You can smoke leaves, but your going to have to smoke a lot of them.
Leaves have never had a lot of trichomes, even in ancient times. They exist to protect flower from predators and other nasties and have never really been needed on leaves. They are natures way of protecting the seeds that develop in pollinated in flower and ensuring the perpetuation of the species.
I sift the leaves from late flower and trim to get the keif…make some wicked strong butter and olive oil.
I think the evolution of growing, legalized weed in a lot of states, has allowed a lot of very smart growers to dial in what works and what doesn’t. I didn’t see anything that looked like a bud until the early 90’s, and even that was Mexican dirt weed, non stop seeds and stems.
Back in the 1970’s and 80’s there was Mullumbimby Madness grown in NSW, Australia.
It was the King of cannabis in OZ.
I first got hold of some in the early 1980’s.
I remember it well, would love some of those original seeds…Oh Yeah
I remember Thai Stick, that was big in the late eighties, “Thai Stick, you know, the shxt you tie to a stick.”