When Your Strain is Debilitating When Ripe, a Temptation Can be to Harvest Early
The attraction is a speedier, more "Up" type cerebral high. The downside is 3-fold
Lower Harvest Weight
Quite a bit of resin weight is produced by the plant the last few weeks before being ripe. Chopping early gives the same size flowers as waiting, but the difference in resin is a big difference in weight.
Not waiting for amber means you're not allowing the plant to produce maximum THC/CBD/Terpene levels before chopping. This means you may have to use up to twice as much (or more), to get the same effect you would if you waited a few more weeks.
Shorter Effect Time
If you've ever had cannabis which lasted 30 minutes, you've most likely experienced early cut cannabis. The earlier the cut, the shorter the effect time will last.
Less Cannabis + Lower Potency + Shorter Effect Time
You'll be wishing you grew 3 times as much, especially if you depend on the cannabis for medical reasons.
Be Smart, Harvest on Time :D
Use a loupe and check the trichome amber percentage. Count 20 trichomes on the inside of a flower, not trichs exposed to direct light. 1 amber in 20 is 5%, 2 is 10% and 3 is 15%. I chop all new strains at 5,10 and 15%, because I want to find which point is the best ripeness for the specific strain. 40x Loupe
Less than 5% amber and you're reducing your yield, increasing the amount you'll need to get high, and decreasing the amount of time it lasts. So basically shooting yourself in the foot 3 times. OUCH!
Over 15% amber and a lot of strains start getting sleepy. The more amber, the sleepier it gets. If you enjoy life and want to enjoy the high of your cannabis, chop before your plants reach this point. :D