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The Importance Of Drying And Curing Marijuana

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The Importance Of Drying And Curing Marijuana

Introduction

The importance of drying and curing marijuana properly can’t be understated. When it comes to the quality of your weed, a little bit of time invested in drying and curing will go a long way. If you want to grow cannabis that is potent, rich in flavor and aroma, it’s essential to dry and cure the buds properly.

You might not know this, but drying and curing is a crucial step for preserving terpenes responsible for giving you that unique flavor profile when smoking cannabis. This blog post will teach you how to do just that!

The difference between drying and curing

The terms drying and curing are sometimes used interchangeably when talking about the process of preparing cannabis for long-term storage. While it is true that they are basically the same, there is a slight difference between the two. Drying your weed involves evaporating moisture from the harvested buds or leaves while curing calls for controlling the humidity levels as the plant’s flavors, aroma, and potency emerge.

Drying

The drying process usually lasts about a week. During this phase, you should ensure that the buds are dried evenly to prevent mold growth from occurring and ward off bugs. However, it’s important to note that drying your weed too much can also lead you into trouble. The first signs of this are brittle and dry buds which will be difficult to break up when smoking or vaporizing.

The curing

Curing is done to allow the weed to ripen slowly and reach its full potential. The curing process can last for several weeks.

You’ll want to place the dried buds in large jars so that the buds can breathe and prevent mold from growing. If you are using glass jars, avoid storing them in a damp place. Be mindful that the temperature should be about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). Humidity is crucial during this stage. The right humidity level to maintain during curing is 60-65% relative humidity. If you are using a humidifier or an air conditioner, you can regulate the temperature. 

How do you cure marijuana?

Curing your weed means that you want to make sure that the overall moisture level in your storage container is regulated so that it doesn’t fluctuate. To do so, you need to create an environment that will allow you to regulate the temperature and humidity levels. A popular way of achieving this is by using a humidor. If you’re not familiar, a humidor is simply an airtight container where the humidity level can be controlled without damaging your cannabis buds.

If you don’t have a humidor, you can always use a sealed plastic bag with a thick layer of moisture absorbers. It would be best to make sure that the buds are completely dry before you put them inside the bag otherwise, mold growth will occur. Another method is to place the plant material on a flat surface and invert a large, clean jar over it which allows air circulation but prevents mold growth.

You should also avoid any light exposure after harvesting your cannabis because it will lead to an undesirable yellowish tint developing on the flowers. Plus, it’s in the dark that the natural maturation process will occur, and THC content will increase. In fact, the longer you keep it in an airtight container after harvesting, the more potent the buds will become.

How do you know when it’s ready?

You’re going to have to keep on checking the buds from time to time so that they don’t get too dry or moldy. Over-dried weed can lose its color, become brittle and lose taste. It’s easier if you check it at least once a day for the first week but then reduce the frequency over time until you start to smell a sweet, pungent aroma that tells you the buds are ready to be consumed.

Many rookie growers make the mistake of overdrying the buds, which will cause them to lose about 20 percent of essential oils present in the plant. Others get impatient and end the curing process too soon, which will cause the buds to lose their scent and flavor.

The important thing is not to go overboard when checking them. If they start smelling sweet and have a spongy texture, then that means they’re ready to be consumed.

How do you store cured cannabis?

Once your crop has gone through the curing process, you can store it properly by putting it in airtight containers where humidity levels are regulated between 60-65 percent. Also, ensure that there are no bugs in there and be careful about the light exposure to losing its smell and potency.

Conclusion

Drying and curing are fairly simple, but they can ruin your whole crop if you make a mistake. You just need to be patient and keep checking it until you have a nice batch of smell-good, smooth weed that will give you the high you deserve.

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