- 1. Curing is necessary to allow the refining of cannabis
Drying and curing cannabis
- 2.1. The basics of drying and curing:
Curing is necessary to allow the refining of cannabis
Why do experienced growers apply post harvest curing? The answer is simple, it allows the weed buds to reach their maximum potential in terms of quality and potency.
Even if you filing the best cannabis with the most genetically exceptional buds, curing makes the difference between a decent end product and a product out of the ordinary. We already had Evoque techniques to improve buds, such as flushing.
For a little more detail, there are a number of reasons why it is important (some might say essential) to properly treat cannabis after harvest:
- The process of curing can have a massive beneficial impact on sweetness and taste.
- It eliminates or at least reduces the smell of grass and hay associated with fresh cannabis.
- The acridity can be greatly reduced by curing, which in turn can reduce coughing.
- Evidence would seem to suggest that the curing process may also reduce the likelihood of paranoia and anxiety when cannabis is consumed.
- Proper curing significantly reduces the risk of bacteria or mold on cannabis.
- Manipulated properly, the treatment can bring the overall potency and quality of your cannabis to a much higher level.
Curing involves making changes to cannabis that are largely superficial. These changes affect things like taste, sweetness, scent and so on.
But at the same time, the curing process can also have an impact on psychoactive effects. Therefore, it is a holistic effort to improve the cannabis you grow and harvest. which means you might want to take it seriously!
Drying and curing cannabis
So, of course, the next question is how exactly you should go about drying and curing. Assuming you have no previous experience, it can be overwhelming. However, as soon as you have mastered the basics, it will get easier and easier.
The basics of drying and curing:
Step 1: Cut your plants
First of all, you're going to have to cut your cannabis plants somehow. Some people find it best to cut the entire plant at its base and hang it up completely to dry it out. Others suggest cutting the buds individually. And there are those who prefer to remove the branches one by one.
In reality, there really isn't a right or wrong way to do it. You can pretty much cut your plants however you like, as long as you don't damage your shoots along the way.
Step 2: Remove additional sheets
The next step is to get rid of all those big leaves, which from this point on will be of no use to you. If you want to take it a step further, you can also pay attention to the buds themselves and get rid of those little leaves that you can see. Doing so will not only make your shoots prettier to look at, it can also remove the hardness associated with dry matter from the leaves.
That said, some of these sheets can be covered with a “frosting,” which you might not want to waste. Everything about cutting the leaves and how well you do it is a matter of personal preference.
Make sure to wear disposable gloves throughout the cutting process, otherwise you will end up with sticky hands to work on.
Step 3: Start the drying process
It is technically possible to speed up the process of drying cannabis. Ovens, microwaves, excessively hot rooms can also destroy your cannabis in an instant. Therefore, experts recommend a slow drying process to get the job done right. You should look for an ambient temperature of around 21 ° C, with a humidity of around 50%. If you find it difficult to maintain this balance, invest in a humidifier and a dehumidifier, heater or whatever is needed to achieve it. Be careful, even if the temperature is only 2 ° C too much or less, this could have a harmful effect on the final product. When drying, just hang them upside down and make sure they have plenty of space around them for air to circulate.
Step 4: Remove when it is dry
There is an easy test to determine exactly when your cannabis buds are dry enough. The outside should be dry when you touch them, thicker stems should be bent slightly while smaller stems should snap off when you twist them. This indicates that you have the correct drying rate.
Step 5: Place your buds in pots
After that, just place the cannabis in perfectly clean jars of sufficient size. Make sure to leave at least 25% of the pot empty, in order to maintain air quality. When you place it in your pot the humidity should be around the 60% mark and it is important to keep the temperature around the same 21 ° C. Seal the jars tightly and place them somewhere with the right balance of temperature and humidity.
Step 6: Open regularly to inspect
During the first few days it is important to open each jar at least once or twice a day. The process allows fresh air to enter and a balance of moisture in the jars. It will also give you the opportunity to see how things are going, taking note of any issues. Too high humidity, for example, can create mold. During this stage, cannabis needs fresh air. Be rigorous with this part of the process for at least a few days.
Step 7: Be patient as long as possible
Last but not least, it is technically necessary to treat cannabis buds for about 2 to 3 weeks to obtain a high quality final product. At that point, there will really be a noticeable difference.
However, if you can hold it a little longer, give your cannabis 6-8 weeks. This will take the quality and potency to an even higher level. In fact, there are many strains that continue to improve with six months or more of curing.
For that you will have to know how to be really patient.