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SMRTLED+ UV Grow Lights for Cannibus
SMRTLED+ UV grow lights allow growers to harness natural processes to increase the quality of their crops while saving money long-term and reducing the impact of synthetic fertilizers and nutrients.
Why use UV lighting when growing Cannabis:
Ultraviolet light causes the production of resin, and with it THC and CBD, in order to protect the marijuana plant from harmful UV rays. Thus, adding UV light to LED grow lights results in an increase in THC in the resulting buds.
There is no question that at its core, UV light is harmful to plants. But in harming plants, it actually causes them to develop protective mechanisms that make them stronger going forward.
With weed, this results in an increase in THC and CBD. For this reason, feeding your marijuana plants low levels of supplemental UV light will actually help them and generally result in better crops, as is the case with cannabis.
Benefits of UV Light
Growers can mimic natural conditions using UV light to trick indoor domesticated plants into reacting as if they were still wild.
UV Light Reduces the Impact of Pests.
Plants are not static. Plants take in information from their environment and react. For example, certain UV wavelengths trigger plants to release defensive compounds to repel pests and alert other plants that predators are nearby. The defensive compounds make the plant less desirable to pests but enhance the taste, color, and THC and CBD concentrations. Essentially, a grower can "trick" a plant into becoming more aromatic and flavorful by using UV light. Some studies also indicate that a combination of UV-B and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) can trigger greater concentrations of defense compounds - including in older plant leaves. These increased concentrations deter whitefly and thrips, which are particularly pernicious pests that favor older plants.
Increase THC potency
When a person is exposed to UV light, they develop a tan that is a natural shield to UV exposure. Similarly, plants release their own version of natural sunscreen. Cannabis produces higher densities of trichomes that shield the plant from UV light and store THC and CBD. Therefore, the increased density of trichomes also increases THC and CBD density.
Speed up Germination Process
UV light also accelerates the germination process - i.e., when seeds take to the soil. Growers can prepare plants for high-intensity light by shifting seedlings to more intense light sources. UV exposure in the early stages of growth reduces shock time which speeds up the growth process.
Cons of UV Light
While incorporating UV lighting does result in long-term cost savings due to reduced nutrient costs, there is a high upfront cost. Growers may need to rewire their lighting system to accommodate the new UV lights. Further, UV lamps are expensive. That’s what makes SMRTLED+ so perfect! We’re affordable and portable!
UV Light Linked to Lower CBD Concentrations
As THC levels increase, CBD levels decrease. However, the silver lining to these studies allows growers to experiment with different CBD and THC concentrations. Growers can grow plants for specific products for either THC or CBD benefits. Now growers have greater control over the production of their plants!
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