Interrelationships of glandular trichomes and cannabinoid content. II. Developing leaves of Cannabis sativa L. (Cannabaceae)
Bulletin on Narcotics, Vol. XXXIII, No. 3
J.C. Turner, J. K. Hemphill & P. G. Mahlberg
Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
Keywords: Cannabis sativa, Cannabaceae, cannabinoids, interrelationships, vegetative, development
Gland number and cannabinoid content were quantified during ontogeny of vegetative leaves from three clones of Cannabis. Initiation of capitatesessile and bulbous glands was found to occur uniformly during leaf development. Cannabinoids were synthesized throughout leaf development as well, but at a decreasing rate. A positive correlation was found for total capitate-sessile glands per leaf as compared with total cannabinoid content of the leaf. The data also indicated that other leaf tissues in addition to the glands may contain cannabinoids.