Topped the plants last night before bed and woke up and said fuck it and went ahead and did a mass defoliation. I plan to flip them to flower a week from today. They look pitiful after defoliating them but I am trusting sshz and how he swears by it. Time will tell. They are 27 days old today. Light is at 24” above plants at 50% power. Temp around 74 today with a 65% RH.
If you flip them a week from topping & defoliating them you will sacrifice yield and quality. I made the exact same error on my first run.
You need to be patient and wait for the plant to start taking off again. It usually takes close to 2 weeks to recover from that much stress. Those plants are small and you just removed a significant portion of their biomass.