I’ve noticed that everyone here prefers to wait until their plants are completely “ripe” before harvesting, then the plant is completely stripped.
On the other hand, I also grow an outdoor medicinal herb garden. When my outdoor medicinal herbs begin to flower, I go out every other day or so with a little bowl and start plucking flowers off the plant, and dry them. Plucking the flowers encourages the plants to keep flowering even more, and I have an on-going harvest all summer and fall, until the first hard frost, at which point I take the whole entire plant (if it’s an annual; I prune back perennials and leave them in the ground), and use the leaves and stems as well. I don’t want to wait for the flowers to start curling up (dying) because they actually lose some of their medicinal properties at that point.
So I got to wondering why you can’t do the same with cannabis. Is it because you’re waiting for the thc to reach maximum concentration?