Chlorophyl is important for your plant to use, but it is gross to smoke! We luckily can get rid of chlorophyl a few different ways which will produce higher quality weed for us. No point smoking something that doesn’t get you high! Here are a few tips:
- UV rays destroy chlorophyl and cannabinoids at a much slower rate. Use this on your final extracts if their is a green hint. Three hours of sun will turn it amber.
- Mix salt into the water which will increase the pH and make the chlorophyl soluble in water.
- Chlorophyl is highly soluble in water and butane, but not water.
- Non polar solvents like butane and hexane also extract unwanted fats, lipids and non-polar waxes.
- The couple days right before you harvest, do not give your plant extra nutrients; only water which will push most everything out.
- Properly cure and dry your plant after harvest.
When you are curing your marijuana, it may smell like fresh cut grass. This process is simply to filter unwanted chlorophyl from buds immediately after drying. Uncured bud is very harsh on the lungs and tastes terrible, but here is how you can cure that.
- Trim large fan leaves ad hang them upside down in cool, ventilated area.
- Allow to dry until you can snap stems in half.
- Manicure bud leaving trim, stem and fan leaves to the side.
- Place buds removed from stems in glass mason jar.
- Store for 48 hours in dark place.
- Jars should now smell like cut grass, now led the buds completely dry
- Re lid jar and wait a few days to smell test.
- If the grass smell is gone, you are done. If you still smell it, keep repeating.
The cut grass smell is actually ammonia, a byproduct of chlorophyl decomposition. Naturally in the air are tiny microbes floating around that decompose all organic matter, especially plants. With the buds sealed in a jar, they can not escape them and the process is accelerated. If water collects on the sides of the jars, wipe it away.
Chlorophyll is mostly insoluble in water.The head is polar while the tail is water fearing! It has a magnesium ring center making it water loving, though the ring itself is water fearing. Then, the carbonyl groups near the tail make it polar and hydrophilic (water loving). It is held in place by a water soluble chlorophyll binging material known as WSCP or water soluble chlorophyll binding. Chlorophyll is an intra membrane within thylakoid which is a membrane bound compartment inside chloroplasts. Higher plants thylakoid membranes are composed of phospholipids and galactolipids that are asymmetrically arranged across the membranes. Both of these have water loving heads with water fearing tails.
Proteins and other organic molecules have the assistance of charged ions like phosphate and sodium to form micelles which are balls of hydrophobic molecules surrounded with a charged ion. Chlorophyl is only able to form two complexes with other molecules to stay in solution at a pH level of 7.4, though its natural environment is around 4. If membranes were broken by a detergent or enzymes, the only way to exclude chlorophyll from a non polar solvent or alcohol would be with lots of sodium and water. Chlorophyll is actively ready to dissolve into alcohol once it becomes exposed.