Bushy colas getting thicker

First time grower. I seems like the colas on this plant keep getting thicker and I am pulling leaves off like crazy to thin it out. Is this normal? Any recommendations? Hasn’t really started flowering I think. In CA so there is some ash from the fires on the leaves.


The full plant pics lead you to believe that’s all flower, but on the close up shots I’m having a hard time seeing any calyx or pistils.
Don’t worry too much when I say I’ve never seen anything like it, I don’t have a whole lot of experience.
What do you more experienced growers think?

It’s just stacking buds…
Will be dense flowers…

Here is a closer picture