Sugars in Marijuana Plants
We might think of sugar as an ingredient that we add to food, or as the reason fruits and some vegetables taste sweet. But did you know that sugars are actually a kind of carbohydrate? Carbohydrates as a group are one of four major classes of biomolecules. Biomolecules are the building blocks of all our cells, and the cells of most of the living creatures around us, including plants. That means sugars are as essential to living creatures as proteins, amino acids, and nucleic acid. Carbohydrates, and by extension sugars, are all made of different configurations of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. They have a general chemical formula of CnH2nOn, where n is any number between seven and three, and there are usually twice as many hydrogen atoms as there are oxygens. Biologically speaking, sugars are simple carbohydrate molecules that can be used by living creatures as a source of energy. In plants, they can also be stored and used to create new growth, usually in the form of more complex carbohydrates. Sugars in marijuana plants are produced as a result of photosynthesis. They go towards creating new tissues in the plant. That includes leaves, stems, roots, stalks, buds, trichomes, and terpenes. It’s possible to measure the health of your plants by observing how vigorous its photosynthetic processes are. This is called measuring the brix level, and it measures the density of sugars when the juices of the plant are suspended in water. It sounds much more complicated than it is in practice.