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After months of hard work, it’s finally time to harvest your buds and prepare them to be all ready for use. There’s no doubt about it being the most awaited time of the cultivation process. Whether you have a small plant or a backyard full of mary jane, the excitement of harvesting a healthy yield knows no bounds.
But, most experienced cannabis growers would know that harvesting cannabis is not as simple as plucking a nug and rolling it into a paper. The true taste of cannabis shines through after a thorough curing process.
Not sure what curing is or how to do it? Well, this guide is for you. Buckle up as we’ll take you through a step-by-step process of how to cure cannabis for maximum flavor and smooth taste.
Curing cannabis is not just a one-step process. Successful cannabis curing is achieved by employing three important steps.
You cannot have properly cured cannabis nugs if you fail to be careful with drying and storage. Each of the three steps must be done carefully in order to have a flavorful batch of buds that deliver smooth hits and good smoke. So let’s understand each step in detail.
Drying is a crucial step during the harvesting process because it helps let out all the initial moisture in the buds. Growers have to be careful at this step because you don’t want to end the drying process too quickly or extend it for too long. Either way, the buds will be damaged and the cannabinoid content in them will suffer.
Drying weed involves cutting or trimming (wet or dry) the cannabis plants and letting the moisture out from the buds. Now, traditionally, the branches were hung upside down. Some people follow this method even today. Others use a drying rack to dry the buds. But above all, you need to set up a proper drying room.
How to Set Up a Drying Room for Cannabis?
|Light||Make sure to keep your harvested cannabis in a dark room.|
|Temperature||The temperature should be around 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit with 70℉ being an ideal temperature.|
|Humidity||Control the humidity constantly and keep it well within 45- 65%.|
|Equipment||A drying rack or line
Fan or AC unit
It can take anywhere from 3 to 12 days to dry marijuana. Though the time varies from harvest to harvest, the ideal time is 3-5 days and can extend up to 12 days.
Now, which one is it? 3, 6, or 12?
Well, to decide the exact drying time for your buds, you need to look into the following factors:
If you are still not sure about what to do, inspect your stash after 3-5 days to check the level of dryness. Here’s how you can determine if your buds have dried or not:
In any case, do not under or over dry your cannabis. Ending the process too early will not let the buds get rid of the moisture which increases the chances of mold and bacteria growth during the curing process. On the other hand, over-drying can lead to brittle flowers and excess degradation of the beneficial chemicals. So, it is important to maintain a balance.
Did You Know?
You can use growth mediums other than soil to grow cannabis. Hydroponics systems are one of the most common alternatives to the soil.
Curing cannabis is either overlooked or done hastily but it is the most important step that determines the quality, flavor, aroma, and overall experience of a bud. You can even call it a slower and more controlled drying process because this is when the leftover moisture from the center of the buds spreads towards the edges.
Time is generally not a constraint during the curing process. The slower the cure, the better. Curing is the phase when all the factors that can hinder the quality and smoking experience of a bud disappear. This phase allows bacteria to break down most chlorophyll and all the by-products formed during the drying process that contribute to harsh smoke.
When done slowly and at low temperatures, the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other chemicals stay within the precious trichomes and improve the quality of your buds.
Now, you need to take care of a few aspects when curing cannabis.
Important Factors for Curing Cannabis
|Light Exposure||Light can degrade precious chemicals like THC and terpenes. Store your stash in a dark room or space during the curing process.|
|Heat Exposure||When curing cannabis, make sure the temperatures are room temperature. Heat also degrades chemicals and reduces the potency of the buds.|
|Humidity Levels||While excessive humidity will increase the possibility of mold and bacteria growth, low humidity can make buds crumbly. Make sure to maintain balanced humidity of 55-68%.|
|Trimming||If you dried your cannabis along with the branches, make sure to do the trimming and separate each bud.|
Airtight mason jars
|Storage||Use an airtight container for curing and fill it to 70-75% capacity. It is important to leave room for air.|
Once you have the equipment ready, follow these steps to cure cannabis:
The frequency of burping can start with twice every day initially to once a week after a couple of weeks of curing. The result of a good curing process is better to taste, better high, smooth smoke, and a quality bud that no one can resist.
3 to 4 weeks of cannabis curing is enough to have quality buds. However, according to the strain type and individual preferences, curing can continue for up to six months or more.
After proper drying and curing, it’s time to store away the beautiful nugs so that they can last for a long time. In order to store away cannabis properly without compromising quality, you need to keep in mind a few things.
Follow these tips to store marijuana and keep your buds fresh for long:
Growing cannabis is fun once you get hold of all the technicalities. From proper temperature to watering the plants on time, all of it seems like hard work but totally worth it on the day of harvest. But, don’t let all your efforts go to vain with hasty curing.
With a little extra effort with drying, curing, and storage, you will be able to fully enjoy your buds and keep them fresh and potent for a long time. Use our guide to go through the process and truly experience quality buds and smooth smoke.