6 Tips For Improving The Density Of Your Cannabis Buds

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

With these six tips, you should be able to produce the more desirable, dense cannabis buds, and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

This article originally appeared on and has been reposted with permission.

Buds that come out popcorn-sized are quite disappointing to see, especially following proper germination, a lengthy flowering stage, and weeks of vegetation — not to mention all the hours taken to attend to your buds. Here are some insights on how to prevent such results and instead grow buds with admirable density.


Genetics is an important factor in the cultivation of dense buds. There are over a hundred common marijuana cultivars, all of which have features that are slightly different. Some act as energizers and others perform a stoning effect. Some remain low to the soil and bushy, others grow to lofty heights. The density of buds also differs between strains.

Genetically, there are cultivars wired to give fluffy, airy buds. This doesn’t mean that they are of lower potency, though it affects their attractiveness. Sativa varieties often give airier buds, whereas the indica’s often give compact and thick colas.


In the quest for having the densest flowers, a heavily indica-dominant hybrid or preferably pure indica specimen is the best place to start. There is a wide inventory of genetics in India that differ hugely in flowering time, effect, and taste.


Temperature plays a huge role in the size and shape of cannabis buds. The plants can withstand temperatures as hot as 30°C and blossom under a moderately wide range of temperatures, i.e 18-26°C. Although, if temps go outside the ideal range due to heatwaves or cold snaps, buds will begin to go nuts and get airy.

Planters need to make sure temperatures stay adequately cool during the day and warm enough at night. Those who plant indoors are at an advantage here, as it’s easier to control the climate in grow rooms. One can make it automated by using timers and sensors, or simply fans, air conditioners, a hygrometer, and heaters.


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