A Guide To Drying & Curing Weed
Don’t let your hard work go to waste by neglecting one of the final steps in growing cannabis: drying and curing. If you take the time to learn the proper methods, you can avoid problems like mold, bacteria, and loss of potency.
Experts agree that drying and curing your cannabis is an important step in the harvesting process. By taking care to optimize the drying and curing conditions, you can ensure that your buds are of the highest quality.
Have you ever ruined a batch of cannabis because you didn’t dry or cure it properly? Here are the best practices for drying and curing cannabis, so you can avoid ruining your cannabis.
HOW TO DRY CANNABIS
There are many ways to dry marijuana, and each method is suited to a particular method of harvesting. However, we’ll focus on two common techniques – cut and hang and drying racks – because they work well and there is little equipment or expertise required. If you have a better system, that’s great, but here are some tips to help you dry marijuana properly.
Harvesting your buds for drying is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way to get your cannabis products.
There are a variety of methods for harvesting cannabis flowers, and it depends on your setup and how much cannabis you’ve harvested. Some people prefer to hang dry the buds, while others trim them and dry them on racks. It all depends on the amount of time, manpower, and resources you have available. For example, hanging the buds by tying string, wire, or fastening the ends of the branches works well if you have plenty of space and a controlled environment.
With a bit of care and a bit of time, you can remove the buds from the plant right away and place them on a drying rack. If you have limited space, a hanging drying rack is an excellent option, but ideally you’d want to invest in a drying rack system that is climate-controlled and easy to monitor.
Of course, you’ll have to get used to this process even if you dry your buds; even if you take the time and effort to carefully trim them and prepare them for storage.
Drying racks can be a big mess, while hanging racks are much easier to manage.
There are several ways to dry your buds, and each has its own benefits. If you are drying buds on stems, make sure they are sufficiently de-leafed so that there is good airflow between flowers, and try to fan them out evenly. You can use a variety of drying rigs, including clothes hangers, shower curtain rods, or any other system that will secure the buds-on-stems. Be sure to leave enough space between bunches and cycle your buds down the line as needed.
On one hand, drying on a hanging drying rack or in a climate-controlled drying rack can be less hands-on and more automated, which may lead to a higher quality product. However, if you’re drying on a drying rack, be sure to separate your buds from bunching up and promote airflow between the flowers to avoid moisture build-up or mold.
Temperature, humidity, light and airflow can all have a significant impact on the health of your plants.
The standard drying temperatures for cannabis are around 60 – 70°F (15.5 – 21°C). While this range can generate some heated debate, it is a very safe and comfortable range to keep your cannabis in during drying. As for humidity, the standard range is typically between 45 – 55%. To maintain ideal humidity levels, you will need a couple pieces of equipment: an air conditioner, dehumidifier, and oscillation fans. Make sure your room is dark and free of any light sources to help inhibit further biosynthesis.
Maintaining consistent airflow in your drying room is crucial to preserving the terpenes and cannabinoids in your marijuana. Without proper ventilation, your buds can over dry and lose their potency.
To ensure your buds stay healthy and dry, you should always keep an oscillating fan on low setting. This will help circulate the air and prevent moisture pockets from forming on certain plants.
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After a few days or weeks, your buds should be somewhat crunchy but still pliable. It will take a bit of time for them to dry, but on average, it will take a couple of weeks. To test if your buds are dried enough, gently pinch them and snap the stems. If they’re dry enough, they’ll be slightly crunchy to the touch, brittle, and will shed some trichomes when you break them.
There is a lot of flexibility and bounce to the buds, but if they are cool to the touch or yield when you pinch them, they haven’t dried completely. Snapping the stems can help you check their readiness for curing. Gently bending the smallest stems or branches near the buds indicates that they are dry and ready to be stored. If the plant fiber does not break off, give the buds another day and check again. Remember, the time it takes for marijuana to dry will vary depending on the situation. Be sure to check on your buds frequently and use your best judgment.
By following these simple steps, you’ll have perfectly dried buds ready for storage and curing.
HOW TO CURE WEED
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If you’re not trimming your buds down to the nug-perfect shape, you’re leaving extra plant material on your product that can take a lot of time to remove. Some connoisseurs feel like this step is worth the effort – especially since it can add a lot of visual appeal to your buds. Who wouldn’t want to show off their sweet, dense, aromatic buds to their buddies?
Storing your belongings in storage containers will keep them safe and organized.
There are many different types of storage containers available, it’s up to you which you prefer. However, make sure the container you choose is airtight and seals off light, preventing pests and bacteria from getting in. Metal, plastic, or glass containers are all good choices, but avoid wooden or organic materials which are prone to mold and pests.
We truly believe that storing your cannabis is the best way to enjoy it for a long time. Our buds are properly stored in a cool, dry, and clean environment to ensure that they are tasting their best.
If you’re packing your buds for storage, keep these tips in mind: don’t pack them too tightly, and include a storage-humidity pack to maintain a consistent RH level. Store them in a cool, dark place.
Curing cannabis is a delicate and complex process that requires the utmost care. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing the best possible service, ensuring that your cannabis is cured to perfection.
Keeping your buds stored properly will help them cure properly and ensure a smooth smoking experience. Checking them on a daily basis during the first week will help to release any moisture buildup and ensure the air is circulating properly. After the first week or so, you can open the container once every few days to check on their progress.
If you notice an ammonia-like smell coming from your cannabis, it’s important to remember that this could be a sign that your buds were too wet when they were stored. This can result in them becoming moldy or infected, so it’s best to dry them out as soon as possible.
Curing marijuana can take anywhere from 2-8 weeks, but the typical curing window is 3-5 weeks. Some very artistic growers and curators can cure their cannabis for months – even up to half a year. This is definitely plausible, but again it depends on your needs, the sophistication of your drying/curing system, and your experience level with cannabis cultivation.