Did you know that terpene production is needed to develop the taste of smell and taste in cannabis plants? The production of terpene, however, can only happen if the plant is exposed to the sun.
Well, that’s if you lived decades before. Nowadays, LED grow lights can do the trick. These lights cover a wider spectrum of light, enabling your marijuana plant to produce more terpene. Isn’t that impressive?
But these aren’t rumors. Recent studies have revealed that LED grow lights can make plants and food taste better compared to when they’re exposed to HID lights. There have been various studies, but we’ll give you the six most essential ones to prove our point.
In 2011, Japanese researchers issued a scientific study about the efficiency of blue light. The study showed that there was an increase in antioxidant levels in Valencia orange, Satsuma mandarin, and Lisbon lemon when they were exposed to blue light.
Researchers from Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture have experimented with the different varieties of tomato with varying intensities of light. They found that other tomato varieties which given additional light from LED grow lights comprised up to twice as much vitamin C compared to the tomatoes which weren’t exposed to LEDs.
University of Florida researchers also discovered that post-harvest food which was kept in reserve under LED grow lights improved in flavor and appearance.
Another research from the University of Florida, conducted by Thomas Colquhoun in 2013 proved how LEDs could be used to improve food taste. In his study, he demonstrated that the volatile fruit profiles of strawberry, blueberry, and tomato could be controlled with specified light treatments. Volatiles are those chemicals released by a fruit that enables you to taste and smell it. These characteristics are essential in supplying flavor to produce.
A research team from Vilnius University, Lithuania also performed a study about LED grow lights. In their research, they discovered that pre-harvest LED light treatment improved the antioxidant and nutritional properties of some green veggies.
The extra LED-lighting received by dill and parsley in another study proved that LED grow lights can increase the number of carbohydrates and vitamin C to plants. This study, which was also conducted in Vilnius University, Lithuania, showed that LED grow lights can also improve the activity of a nitrate-reducing enzyme.
I’m pretty sure you’re persuaded. But in case you’re not yet convinced, here are the other 7 reasons why you should switch from HID to LED for your indoor cannabis plants.