Definition - What does Chlorophyll mean?

Chlorophyll is the chemical responsible for the green color in plants, including marijuana. The French created this word in the early 19th century. It's a combination of the Greek words khlōros, "green" and phullon, "leaf".

There are two types of chlorophyll, which are slightly different: chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b. The two types of chlorophyll differ only slightly in one small composition side chain: chlorophyll A is -CH3, and chlorophyll B it is CHO.

Working in unison, chlorophyll A absorbs wavelengths that range from 430 to 662 nanometers on the lighting spectrum, and chlorophyll B absorbs wavelengths between 400 to 700 nanometers.

Hydrolife explains Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the critical component in creating energy in plants. The chlorophyll contains chloroplasts, which are specialized proteins that harness the sun's power to turn carbon dioxide into materials needed for the plant's growth. It helps with synthesizing sugar and the process of photosynthesis.

When the marijuana is growing, you need to work with the chlorophyll to help the plant grow and make dense buds. In ideal sunlight conditions, the plant does this for itself. If you’re using indoor lights, the 12/12 rule helps the cannabis to achieve a somewhat natural growth cycle that uses the plants’ dark and light periods to encourage development.

Chlorophyll gives buds a harsher taste. It absorbs mostly blue and red light, which is why the leaves are mostly green. When the chlorophyll decomposes, other colors can be seen in the leaves. During the curing process, excess chlorophyll is removed. This gives it a better taste that is more dank and less like grass.

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