Unlike other flowering plants, weed is unusual in that it allows both the male and female plants to replicate. Though hermaphroditic (self-pollinating) cannabis does occur, it most typically expresses male-or female-specific sex organs.
Female cannabis plants grow big, resinous buds, which are dried, cured and ingested. Despite this purpose, females are usually the only plants you will locate in someone’s weed yard.
Male plants are generally seen as worthless and discarded. Although male pollination is necessary for the growth of further cannabis plants (unless cloned), it is usually better left to breeders so that growers may concentrate on growing consumable seedless buds called sinsemilla.
Do male plants only belong to a compost pile or do they have a more useful function for gardeners? Interestingly, there are more applications than one would expect for male plants.
The apparent role of male cannabis plants is the planting of seeds. When females pollinate, males have half of the genetic material acquired from parents. It is, therefore, necessary to study the genetics of male plants. Its shape, growth rate, pest and mould resistance, and climate resilience can all be passed on to enhance the quality of future generations.
2. Hemp Fibre
When it comes to hemp fibre, male cannabis plants manufacture a lighter content, whereas females are responsible for creating a denser, harder fibre. Strong fibre from male plants allows them more suitable for goods such as clothes, tablecloths and other household objects.
3. Concentrate Creation
It can come as a shock that male plants may be psychoactive — though far less effective than female plants. Plants do not grow flowers, but tiny quantities of cannabinoids can be present in the leaves, roots, and bags that can be harvested to create hash or other oils.
4. Garden Improvement
Cannabis plants deliver more advantages than weed development in the greenhouse. Both male and female cannabis plants contain aromatic oils called terpenes, which are correlated with insect management and disease control. Since males do generate terpenes, you can suggest having the males in a vegetable or flower garden (as long as they are well differentiated from any female cannabis plants). Dry content from hemp plants has also been used to generate terpene-rich oils that are used as popular bug sprays to repel insects and pests.
In comparison, hemp plants are massive rooted plants with large taproots. Taproots are renowned for their capacity to dig deep into the soil and break down low-quality soil, enabling moisture and nutrients to penetrate and increase soil quality. These taproots also help to keep the soil in place, preventing nutrient runoff and soil loss during heavy rainfall.
Humans are, to a significant degree, based on female weed plants and understandably so. But it is crucial to identify and respect the characteristics of male cannabis plants as well. Females that develop buds that we recognize and enjoy, but by reducing the variety of males, we that miss out on future advantages that we may not yet appreciate. Specific males could have compounds that we don’t know could play a significant role in how females emerge or how cannabis as a whole evolves in the future.
If you are seeking to capitalize on some of the above advantages without the purpose of mating, bear in mind that cannabis pollen is incredibly good at travelling long distances, eager to locate a person. It helps to have a solid comprehension of how pollen acts and moves before you embark on any of these alternative methods so as not to pollinate your plants or neighbours accidentally.