This thread is in no way intended to be an endorsement of illegal marijuana use. Indeed, one could infer from this discussion that consumption of trichome resin is harmful.
One internet writer showed photos of cannabis trichomes, claiming: "There is no other plant like this in nature".
I immediately thought of the trichomes of Drosera.
I found another writer claim:
Rethinking Cannabis: Part 1 - Cannabis The Vegetarian? - Advanced Marijuana Cultivation - Stoner HavenTrichomes containing sticky oils are what defines Cannabis and Hops from other forms of Celtidaceae. In my research on Trichomes, I came across many plants the contained parallels between them and Cannabis in the sense that they all contained trichomes with sticky residues contain within them. The term that is used to describe plants that contain Trichomes with sticky residues is proto-carnivorous. A proto-carnivorous plant (sometimes also para-carnivorous, sub-carnivorous, or borderline carnivore), according to some definitions, traps and kills insects or other animals but lacks the ability to either directly digest or absorb nutrients from its prey like a carnivorous plant. The morphological adaptations such as sticky trichomes or pitfall traps of proto-carnivorous plants parallel the trap structures of confirmed carnivorous plants. A 1995 paper published in the Journal of Biosciences detailed the evidence that the glandular bracts played a distinct role in the defense of the flower.
It is thought that these plants that have evolved protocarnivorous habits typically reside in habitats where there is a significant nutrient deficiency, but not the severe deficiency in nitrogen and phosphorus seen where true carnivorous plants grow. It is my belief that Cannabis falls within those guidelines. Cannabis has the exact same relationship with its prey as the Roridula group of proto-carnivorous plants does when left in the wild. The plants in this genus produce sticky leaves with resin tipped glands that look similar to those of the larger Drosera plant. However, the resiny trichomes are unable to carry digestive enzymes.
A fly on cannabis trichomes:
"Gnats are one of the few insects commonly seen stuck in resin whether indoor or outdoor grown. This is Bubba Skywalker outdoors. "
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As we know, carnivorous plants' secretions incapacitate or retard their prey's neurological systems. This could be a good reason to avoid consuming the chemicals from the cannabis secretions.