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curing weed in paper bags

Years ago, a longtime grower friend taught us the secret of using unbleached Kraft paper to wrap the cannabis when it comes down from drying. We buy it by the roll and make tall cones to hold the bucked branches. After a few days in the cone, when the flowers are feeling dry enough, we’ll close up the top and continue to let it dry a few more days. A skilled farmer can tell when the level of humidity in the bag is just right with just his or her fingertips. At that point, the cannabis goes into big plastic tubs, carefully marked to separate strains and plants.

In the old days, farmers used to do a “wet trim,” cutting all the leaves off the buds as soon as they were harvested. The theory was doing a good scissor trim before hanging them to dry would foster tighter buds, but it also means more handling of the plants. As Master Hashishin Frenchy Cannoli once explained to us, “It is all about keeping the trichomes intact.” To that end, we recommend a quick yellow or fan leaf plucking before hanging, while leaving some leaves on the plant to protect the precious buds while they dry.
Some farmers use a trim machine to save on labor expenses, but it shows in the final product. While serving as judges in the Emerald Cup, Swami and I can spot a machine trim job by eye — and believe me, these plants never win. Under a scope, it is easy to see how the tops of the trichomes have been literally knocked off, reducing potency of the bud. Treat your girls with care and respect and they will love you in return. Don’t scalp your daughters — pamper them!

Crafting the perfect cannabis flower is a demanding process from seed to sale, and the drying and curing stages are critical aspects. Far too many farmers work hard all summer in their gardens, only to blow it during these vital steps. Many harvest too early; others too late. The master growers, however, know exactly how to pamper their buds from the time they are cut until they are packaged and ready for enjoyment.
Every farmer has their own techniques, developed after years of trial and error. There are a few of us even experimenting with curing, with certain farmers trying to “lay down” some jars of flower for upwards of nine months, and sometimes as long as a couple years, to see how aging affects the crops. So far, the aged cannabis we’ve tried is more mellow on the body, but still very stony. Typically, we prefer to not smoke our cannabis until after January — at the earliest — allowing it time to fully cure and come into its own. The key to a good cure is to be kind to your girls. Like Otis Redding said, “Try a little tenderness”. you will be rewarded.
Things have changed in the decades since, and you can apparently teach an old farmer new tricks, as we’ve all learned over time what helps and hinders the drying process, known in the business as ‘curing.’ For example, never try to rush the drying process by using excessive heat — it will greatly diminish the quality of your bud. Never put your flower away in plastic bags unless you’re certain it’s fully dried, or you may open it up later to find a moldy mushy mess. Every year, we try to use less plastic in the harvesting process in order to create less landfill.
Lead image via iStock Photo, all other photos courtesy of Swami Selects
The weather during harvest plays a key role during the curing process, too. If it’s rainy, you’d better have your dehumidifiers ready to go. If the weather is sunny, be sure it doesn’t crisp up your plants by drying them too fast. The humidity levels should be around 65, and fans are essential to keep the air flowing. It’s kind of like Goldilocks — you want the conditions in the dry shed just right

Our columnists from the Emerald Triangle share tips for one of the most vital steps in cannabis harvesting. As Nikki and Swami say, “The key to a good cure is to be kind to your girls!”

Our columnists from the Emerald Triangle share tips for one of the most vital steps in cannabis harvesting. As Nikki and Swami say, “The key to a good cure is to be kind to your girls!”

Bagging the Marijuana Buds

Curing the Marijuana Buds

The last step is to create a way to bring out the full flavor and best smoke from the marijuana buds. This can be done by using an air tight jar or similar. Put the dried buds into the jar loosely (do not compact them) and cover them. It is very important in the early jar-stage to check the buds at least once a day to replace the air, take them out(this helps dry evenly) and put them back in a different order. This should be done for 7 to10 days then it can be done lest often. After 7 days all you need to do is open the jar and check the buds on a daily basis for mold and mildew. If mold and mildew is found in this step. Take the buds with mold or mildew out of the batch (throw away) and put the rest back in a brown bag for a few more days then the jar step can be repeated . this step can take from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on how you want you buds to develop its distinctive characteristics. The longer the better
The first step after harvesting your marijuana buds is the drying possess. This can be performed by taking the branches and hanging them up side down so the fan leaves droop and cover the buds. During this step you need to put the branches in a cool dark place (not humid) with enough ventilation. It is good idea to check up on the buds every day to watch for signs of mold and mildew and correct the problem if it happens. After the fan leaves droop down over the flowers and turn crisp or break off easily, you would want to start trimming off the fan leaves only. Even a better way to take off the leaves is to do it before drying the marijuana buds because it it will be much harder to cut off the fan leaves after the buds have dried. So, I recommend you to cut them off before you hang the marijuana branches upside down.

The deal with this method is to dry it slowly but not to fast. If you dry your buds too fast it will make your buds smell like pine needles, hay, or taste bad. Drying the buds too slow in this first step is not a good idea ether because of mold and mildew will attack them. It’s very important there’s enough air circulation in the room so you can’t do it without an electric driven fan.

A bud is completely dry, cured, and ready for consumption when the stem in the middle of the bud snaps easily with the fingers. The snap is easy to detect with practice. The marijuana buds now can be sealed and stored for a really long period of time.
At this point the buds should be a little moist, including the inside of them. Some can be smokeable at this point, but if you wait till the next 2 processes you can get even better smelling and tasting buds
After the fan leaves are trimmed you want to hang it up to dry again because the marijuana buds will still be moist or wet. They should still have the little inner leaves so they can droop and cover the buds . Hang the branches again in a cool dark place with proper ventilation until the little leaves and bud tips turn crisp when you touch them. It is then time to remove the buds from the branch and remove the rest of the leaf material as best as possible. This is what is referred to as “manicuring” of marijuana buds. But as said before it’s better if you do this before you hang them to dry.
Water curing isn’t bad either for the harshy taste and primarily used for public smoking since the smell is changed all together – generally for your own supply since the aesthetics of the bud are changed and not really appealing to the eye. The smoke smells of burning hay but will raise an eyebrow or two so mix with tobacco. 60%herb to 20% (high qualit tobacco.)
Drying and Curing Marijuana

I use paper bags to cure myself. But I dry for 7 days hanging first, then I place the dried bud to a quarter capacity in the bags. You’ll need a few bags though but I get a whole lotta flavor and smell this way. The bags go in for 7 days. Then I transfer to Glass jugs for 7 more days. The smoke is intense and the flavor is wonderful. I try leaving in jars for 2 weeks or so to complete a months cure. But i you’ve no bud to smoke this may impose an intrusive problem. Nonetheless weed is technically ready to burn at the 7 day dry period but after a while you’ll get tire of that harshy taste and go for a longer cure.

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