Cannabis Leaf

cannabis leaf

Cannabis plants have different parts. All these cannabis plants look different and can be easily recognized. These parts bring a specific flavor to weed consumers. Most people value plants, buds, and flowers, but leaves and branches are also essential to any cannabis plant. Cannabis leaf can be essential to your smoking session if you don’t have enough buds or flowers. In this article, you will come to know everything about cannabis leaf.

What is a Cannabis Leaf?


cannabis leaves


The cannabis leaf is an essential component of the cannabis plants that shields the buds and promotes plant growth. It is undoubtedly the most well-known symbol of cannabis plants. Depending on the variety, leaves vary in size and shape, as well as in the number of points they have. Sativa plants have towering leaves, while Indica plants have thick leaves.

Cannabis plants cannot flourish without their leaves. Plant Leaf functions similarly to solar panels, capturing light for the plants and are required for photosynthesis. The color of plant leaves works as an indicator of plants’ health.

Types of Cannabis Leaves


cannabis leaves types

Cannabis leaves have three main types. Indica, Sativa, and Ruderails.  Each has one or more differences from the others. Sativas are often more energetic, while indicas are more soothing.

However, individual plants will have varying effects because these effects partly depend on the plant’s growth technique and chemical properties. As a result, strains exist that effectively use terpene and cannabinoid levels to distinguish one cannabis leaf from another.

Each strain’s impact will be determined by the substances found in each plant. Indica, sativa, and ruderalis are all members of various cannabis plant families. This means that there are different strains accessible that have different amounts of each family. Let’s cover some individual differences between them.

1. Indica Plant Leaves


indica leaves


Indica is a strain commonly used for relaxing, and this type of weed is thought to have a considerably higher amount of CBD than all the other cannabis plants. The cannabis Indica plants contain a high concentration of CBD to reduce the effects of THC on the body. They provide the body with a boost and relax the muscles while alleviating pain and inflammation.

Indicas also aid in the relief of tension and anxiety, as well as providing a much-needed sedative for persons who have difficulty sleeping at night.

Indica plants are short and bulky. Indicas plant flowers look like a fan, and their fingers will expand widely to absorb sunlight. Indica plants are present in more sunlight areas.

Hence, they are most prominently found in sub-tropical areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Their main difference is their sunlight-bearing capacity because other strains could not bear that much sunlight. Time and space are crucial factors for weed growers to benefit from their indica leaves.

2. Sativa Plant Leaves


sativa leaves


Sativa is said to have an elevating or energizing effect, which is ideal for the social functions of creative processes. Cannabis sativa is the most common variety of weed leaves and is native to equatorial regions where sunshine is more consistent throughout the year.

Sativa plants contain more THC and far less CBD than other marijuana plants. Many producers even breed such plants to improve this ratio even more, as there is an excellent demand for THC-rich cultivars. Sativas generate an elevating and powerful feeling in addition to a cognitive buzz in the head. For many, this helps them feel creative or driven while maintaining attention.

Sativas, like other cannabis plants, are supposed to alleviate anxiety or despair and provide an overall feeling of well-being. Sativa strains appear less loose than other plants and blossom for a significantly longer period than ruderalis or Indica plants.

Sativas leaves are long and slender, like a finger, yet they also have the shape of a regular cannabis leaf. Most people consume these leaves to get high.

3. Ruderalis Plant Leaves


Ruderalis leaves


Ruderalis contains less THC and CBD than the other two kinds of cannabis leaves. As a result, the market does not value this strain as highly as others, and ruderalis in a natural form is nearly useless.

Ruderalis is another stout and small plant that can grow two and a half feet tall. It is used in Russian and Mongolian traditional medicine to cure depression, but because of the low THC content, ruderalis isn’t popular for recreational usage. It has a shaggy appearance and a broad weed leaf that is light green. Ruderalis plants develop quickly, with fewer side shoots and smaller leaves.

Ruderalis can take its proper shape in 10 weeks after its plantation. It can resist the harsh cold temperatures and still grow when the sunshine returns. As we previously mentioned, it is useless in its pure form.

Hence, a hybrid version of ruderalis is most commonly used. It is cross-bred with either Sativa or Indica strains to bring a new flavor and taste. Most growers must understand the importance of hybrid culture before adopting it. Another important thing is that the strain it is cultured with will give its main characteristic to ruderalis. Hence, according to the other strain breed, climate change effects must be considered.

4. Hybrid Plant Leaves


hybrid leaves


For the most part, hybrid plants are the result of intentional breeding but they can also form when plants of different species cross-pollinate with each other. Two plants can accidentally swap pollen, causing their genes to mix and lead to hybridization. Nowadays, only a few of the flowers and vegetables we grow come in their original, wild form. In nature, hybrid plants are mixed in, and not all are successful.

It can be tricky to identify hybrid weed strains, as they may display characteristics of their parent strains in different ways. Some of the most popular hybrid weed strains available include White Widow, Cannatonic, Blue Dream, Gorilla Glue, Chemdawg, and Sour Diesel.


What Do Cannabis Leaves Look Like During Each Growth Stage?

Cannabis plant leaves have different shapes in different stages of their growth. Plant leaves are made up of 3 to 13 fingers. Let’s discuss the leaf shape in every stage.

1. Germination Period


Cannabis Germination Period


This is the first period of growth of Cannabis leaves. In this stage, the plant came out of seeds, and a tiny sprout showed that you could not count your fingers. But, there will be a small cotyledon cannabis leaf which will be visible in a few days. After this, the plant will enter the seedling stage.

2. Seedling Period


Cannabis Seedling Period


The leaves that grow from a sprout will have only one wired finger. Cannabis leaves will grow additional fingers as they expand. Mature cannabis plants typically have 5 to 7 fingers per leaf but can have up to 13. The serrated edges of the initial fingered leaves can extend up to 4 inches above the cotyledon leaves. The leaves on this plant develop in pairs on opposite ends of the plant stem. Cannabis plants are regarded as seedlings unless they generate full-fingered leaves.

3. Vegetative Period


cannabis vegetation period


It is the most important stage of the Cannabis leaf. When a seedling develops seven stages, it officially enters the vegetative phase. Here leaves almost reached their full-grown status. The space between nodes indicates the type of cannabis being grown.

A node is formed when two branches diverge from the main stalk. Nodes form in pairs for a young plant. When a plant matures, the nodes begin to switch. They continue to develop in pairs, but the space between them has increased, and the branches seem to be no more parallel to each other. Sativa plants are slender and have fewer leaves than Indica plants, which are smaller and thicker.

4. Flowering Stage


cannabis flowering period


This stage is the complete bloom stage for cannabis plants. The leaves reach their maximum length and growth. It became sticky and started to change color. This is the last stage of their development, as, after this stage, they will go straight to the harvesting stage.

5. Harvesting Stage


cannabis Harvesting Stage


The cannabis flowers and leaves began to change color in this stage. Cannabis plants thrive in warm conditions with moderate humidity and benefit from occasional blooming fertilizers. When the pistils on cola buds transform from white to red-orange, and the trichome cones change from transparent to white to opaque and eventually amber, your plant is ready to harvest.

Cannabis Problems

1. Cannabis leaf turning yellow


Cannabis leaf turning yellow


Extra heat and excess water are common reasons for cannabis leaves to turn yellow. It can happen due to nutrient irregularity. Hence, you must control water and heat as soon as you see the first yellow spot.

2. Cannabis Leaf Turning Brown


Cannabis Leaf Turning Brown


When you did not control the light on cannabis leaves, then they start to turn brown. If someone applies excess nutrients to the roots of cannabis plants then leaves can get nutrient-rich which might turn them brown. So, control light and nutrient application to avoid this issue.

3. Cannabis Leaf Turning Purple


Cannabis Leaf Turning Purple


There is some purple cannabis in the world so don’t confuse it with purple cannabis because we are talking about the disease which turns it purple. Cannabis turns purple due to genetic problems or due to an excess anthocyanin compound.

4. Cannabis Leaf Curl Down


Cannabis Leaf Curl Down


Cannabis leaves Curl down because of nitrogen toxicity, bad soil, overwatering, extreme temperatures, windburn, and genetics. You must control the application of all the factors in case you want to save your plant.

5. Cannabis Leaf Curl Up


Cannabis Leaf Curl Up


It can cause when light is too close to plants or its intensity is too high. Sometimes, cold can also curl cannabis leaves upwards. Hence, maintain a distance of at least 5 feet of light and control their intensity.

6. Cannabis Leaf Brown Spots


cannabis leaf brown spots


The main reason for brown spots is calcium deficiency. We can associate it with yellowing leaves because both have the same reason sometimes. Apply a little amount of calcium and avoid burning of the plant by giving optimum heat.

7. Cannabis Black Spots


Cannabis Black Spots


Thrips attack and acidic PH levels of plant roots are the main causes of Cannabis black spots. Sometimes Calcium and magnesium deficiency also brings black spots.

8. Cannabis Yellow Spots


Cannabis Yellow Spots


The main reason is high humidity due to which bacteria and fungus attack cannabis leaves. It is also called Leaf Septoria. Circulate air as much as possible or use a dehumidifier to control this issue.

9. Cannabis Leaf Light Burn


Cannabis Leaf Light Burn


As the name indicates, the issue occurs when light is too close to plants’ leaves. It can be caused due to high intensity of lights. Control the intensity of light by estimating the condition of your plant.

10. Cannabis Leaf Mould


Cannabis Leaf Mould


When air circulation is less and humidity is high then cannabis leaves began to mold. Apply less water to avoid this issue.

11. Cannabis Leaf Bugs


Cannabis Leaf Bugs


Bugs can attack due to any reason. But, if you did not control the humidity in your plants’ area then their attack is highly possible. Use certified pests to avoid the effects of bugs on your plants.

12. Cannabis Leaf Light Green


Cannabis Leaf Light Green


Nitrogen deficiency is its main reason. Some people do not maintain optimum soil PH which can be a cause of light green cannabis leaves. Apply water and nitrogen at regular intervals, but take care not to apply in excess to control the issue.

13. Cannabis Leaf Overwatering


Cannabis Leaf Overwatering


Overwatering can cause leaves to turn yellow and burn them up. Leaves will soon fall if you don’t stop excess water application.

14. Cannabis Leaf Underwatering


cannabis leaf underwatering


Underwatering makes cannabis plants weak. Hence, the plants do not grow properly and might be died soon. Water your plant at regular intervals.

15. Cannabis Leaf Brown Edges


cannabis leaf brown edges


It is an indication that something is wrong with the plants. It can be water deficiency, Boron deficiency extra humidity, or due to high nutrient concentration. Check the optimum values of these deficiencies and apply them accordingly.


Are Cannabis Leaves Safe for Pets?


Cannabis Leaves are not Safe for Pets


Cannabis is not safe for your pets. It adversely affects dogs, cats, horses, or other pets in your home. People should treat Cannabis leaves as medicine which means they should be away from the reach of Children or pets.

Some common symptoms it can cause in your pets are, dazing, highness, lack of coordination, depression, dilated pupils, vomiting, hyperactivity, and lethargy. Some fatal symptoms such as coma, low heart rate, and respiratory depression might be fatal. Don’t give other foods such as chocolates or sweets because they can become toxic after cannabis and might make your pet mad.

Cannabis Leaf Health Chart

Cannabis health is affected by many things. Excess water also harms cannabis leaves, and its deficiency is not suitable for plants. Acidic PH value is toxic for the consumers, and if PH is in the alkaline range, it can damage the plants.

Hence, all these conditions must be in the optimum range. Here is a chart of some nutrients whose excess and deficiency cause problems in Cannabis plants.


Effects of Excess

Effects of Deficiency


· Greenness moves up leaving dark green lush leaves under

· Spoil the taste of leaves

· Water system becomes weak in leaves

· Lower leaves turn yellow

· Leaves curl and turn yellow

· Leaves falls

· Low yield


· Lower leaves curl

· Leaves Develop spots

· New premature leaves develop

· Leaf tips and margins burn

· Dark copper color leaves in the lower side of plants

· Leaves continue to curl, damage and drop

· Leaves Susceptible to disease


· Leaves grow thin blades

· New leaves develop interveinal chlorosis

· Leaf tips and margins burn

· Older leaves turn pale and develop chlorosis

· Leaf margins and tips became rusty and may burn


· Stunted growth

· Dark green Foliage

· Salt toxicity

· Yellow and rusty brown sports appear on leaves

· Older leaves dry and drop


· Leaf wilting

· Stunned growth

· Block other nutrients uptake

· Development of flower is slow

· Irregular yellowish spots appear on leaves


· Leaves yellow

· Leaves burned and dropped

· Less thick and brittle leaves

· Abnormal leaf growth

· Narcotic sports on leaf veins


· Slow Growth

· Less leaves grow

· Interveinal chlorosis

· Young leaves turn black and may die

· Decreased yield and slow growth

· Leaf margins and tips turn dark green


Things You Can Do with Cannabis Leaf

People use cannabis leaves in many ways.

  • Smoking


cannabis smoking


Smoking cannabis leaves are not as powerful as consuming buds or inhaling concentrates; it may be a good option for first-time users worried about the consequences of THC. Sugar leaves generally have fewer trichomes than cannabis buds, resulting in a gentler high. Top-tier cannabis trims can be quite strong. It can bring soothing effects sometimes.

  • Eating           


cannabis edible


While Cannabis has no euphoric effects unless it is decarboxylated, it offers numerous health benefits. The raw cannabis leaf is rich in vitamins K and C, iron, fiber, and antioxidants that protect the nervous system.

Marijuana has a great flavor profile for fresh vegetable juices or salad dressing. The plant leaf is a popular way to take medical marijuana. Cannabis leaves are ideal for incorporating into cannabutter or baking cannabis brownies, firecrackers, and other baked items.

  • Compost


compost cannabis leaf


If everything else fails, you can dispose of the organic material of Cannabis. However, since it is organic by nature, it is much more beneficial to compost it if possible. This allows the nutrients to benefit the soil and the creatures that rely on it.

  • Drink or Tea


cannabis tea


Cannabis leaves are commonly used in drinks in many countries. Some people make drinks by using Cannabis leaves to provide themselves a boost and energy. In India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and some other countries, Cannabis leaves are used in making tea.

  • Oil


cannabis oil


You’ve probably heard that decarbing your leaves before consuming them activates the cannabinoids. You can add them to anything after grinding them and baking them at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 – 90 minutes. Another option is to produce delicious cannabis coconut butter. This is ideal for truly gourmet Keto fat balls or sweetened protein nibbles. It’s a good staple that may be stored in an airtight jar. Coconut oil can go rancid if left near the stove or in direct sunlight. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your Crockpot.

  • Hair and Skin Care


cannabis leaf skin care


Cannabis oil feeds the skin and hair and has the potential to influence the skin’s local endocannabinoid system. This cream can be used on the scalp and as a face shield. Massage it into targeted places to reduce inflammation and tightness in the joints and muscles.



Cannabis Leaves are significant, although many people don’t consider them unique. Leaves have three main types, Indica, Sativa, and Ruderails, and their hybrid version can be used. It got spoiled by excess or deficiencies of many nutrients.

Cannabis leaves are used for many essential things. People use it for smoking, eating, skin and hair care, and other purposes. It is important to collect cannabis leaves instead of destroying them.

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