Anthocyanin in the Buds, Why your Weed is Purple?
Purple color of weed come from Anthocyanin pigment, a universal plant colorant responsible for the red, purple, and blue; evident in many fruits, vegetable, grains, flowers. Anthocyanin suggests the vast list of health benefits; and many medical theories (traditional ones from all around the world and the official science too) use Anthocyanin historically and traditionally to treat conditions such as liver disorders, diarrhea, kidney problems, infections, it provides the reduction of blood pressure, it improves the eyesight; and it even cures the common cold. Many shall agree it’s extremely easy to imagine, for example, raspberry (which contains the hell amount of anthocyanin) as a medicine, in a form of a grandma’s anti-cold raspberry recipe. Besides the healing anthocyanin is used as a natural color in food/health/cosmetic industries.
— Read carefully the government’s message about cannabis effects on health. This webside provides no advice, but the compilation of material, personal experience and opinion. My grandma cured me with Northern forest’s berries, I felt better, they were yummi, may be a witchcraft=))) All the said herein is not a call to action, neither a promotion of weed. We make websites, not a cure, not a grass.
Here below there’s the very nice close-up from @chewberto420, where you can see the purple (or red) colour of Anthocyanin as it approaches into cannabis trichomes:
Anthocyanin in cannabis trichomes (source: @chewberto420)
Being a phenolic compound, Anthocyanin may also behave as the pro-oxidant, means numerous medical effects, and used traditionally to prevent blood issues or flew and other sicknesses — that’s based on that people intake anthocyanin-rich fruits and berries in the extreme Northern regions where those forest berries are the only source of vitamines (that’s my grandma used upon me, I dunno if it was a science or a grandma’s witchcraft=)))).
Yet it is not well known by now about how exactly it works, whether by itself alone or being a component of a more complicated sequence, but it however works as it’s said and it makes your body stronger for sure. So! Eat berries! They are yummies, and you can cook them along with cannabis into delicious cannabis desserts, find the hot edible recipes here by this link: The Cookbook App by Chef420
How To Make The Weed Purple
Exposure to cold
Exactly the thing happening when summer turns into fall when all plants change leaves to yellow and red: all plants produce Anthocyanin when the temperatures drop.
Basically from any stress plants produce Anthocyanin, and the cold is one of such stresses. The science does not know for sure, by far, but this may serve as some sort of explanation why it helps against health issues, right because plant just do the same when synthesize the anthocyanin in itself, and it works to suppress a stress, illness or cold or a wrong nutrition. Exposure of the cannabis plant to colder temperatures shall make buds more purple, the “how long” and “how cold” can be a more tricky technology, but the basic idea is to expose the plant to the cold.
Genetic food engineering uses anthocyanin as a visual marker, as soon as this is a quite forgiving genetic material easy to deal with (sources say so, I don’t know))). And then it may be yet another reason for purple buds – the genetically determined amount of anthocyanin in a certain strain.
Anthocyanin Color from PH
Anthocyanin is very sensible to the PH level (and this is another stress for the plant too), and the colourful compound is degraded to none in an environment with a higher PH. It changes it colour as soon as PH level changes, it can be red in acidic (pH < 7), purple in neutral (pH = 7), yellow with greenish in alkaline (pH > 7). Can serve as the natural PH indicator either.
Do experiments. Keep notes of what you’re doing.
This is how you get the amount of Purple into the trichomes of your weed. And here the following is about what else to do with it:
Except of in the Cannabis flowers, especially those showing a lot of the purple colour, a whole lot of Anthocyanin can be also found in these:
Pretty everything as long as it is a fruit, or a vegetable or a flower and have the vast and the obvious cyan / purple component in the color (in terms of CMYK or RGB idea of describing the color), alike to all the images above. Anthocyanin carriers can be Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Raspberries, Blueberries, Grapes (especial like those on the pictures with a lot of cyan component of the overall color dominating), red oranges also called blood oranges, cherry, eggplant, black peas, blackcurrant, etc., etc.
More of a totally crazy Scientific stuff about anthocyanin can be found here, in the US National Library of Medicine, for example: Anthocyanin and Human Health, An In Vitro Investigative Approach
This one we’d recommend for further reading, little bit easier and smaller in size: Anthocyanins, More Than Nature’s Colors – and we used it as a source of knowledge too, it is curious having a number of interesting facts. Hope you’ll enjoy the reading of the whole thing, yet for me personally it happened to be too far scientific.
Cooking Weed and Berries together?
Why not! Having the said you only imagine that a cheesecake which is hardly infused with both — blueberry and marijuana must be an ultimate weapon, a BFG perfect weapon against many health issues, I can see that now (ha!ha!ha!)
Download the Cookbook app here: The Weed Edible Recipes by Chef420