Last but not least, drying and curing allow you to store the buds. Imagine that you’ve harvested 10 oz of buds only to find out that you have to finish them quickly lest they expire! No, that’s not what we want. What we need is cannabis that can be stored for a long, long time.
Have you tried smoking a green bud that’s not cured yet? Try it! And you’ll swear off smoking cannabis forever because it’s just too harsh. Smoking uncured cannabis also makes you feel like you’re smoking grass. So, why does that happen? It’s because of chlorophyll.
Many smokers complain of headaches when they smoke cannabis. Have you ever wondered why? Well, again it’s because of smoking uncured cannabis. When you don’t take the time to properly dry and cure cannabis, headaches and other bad issues are just looming around the corner. Curing also reduces the likeliness of developing paranoia.
Don’t use a stove or any other type of heating element to dry the buds because it will be the most horrible marijuana you’ve ever smoked. Don’t use a dehydrator either. It’s simply best to allow the buds to dry slowly and naturally. Kapish?
Harvesting cannabis buds always get growers excited. After months of toiling, you finally see glistening buds coated with so much resin that it makes your mouth water.
Curing breaks down the chlorophyll present in the buds. Once the chlorophyll begins to degrade, the buds improve in taste dramatically. It also increases the smoothness.
The best temperature to dry the buds range from 20°C to 23°C (68°F to 73°F) with about 50% relative humidity.
- Choosing excellent genetics
- Germinating the seeds
- Providing the right environmental conditions to grow the plant
- Harvesting the buds
Many people tend to skip this last process. Many growers also tend to dry their buds quickly because they can’t wait to taste those buds. But, did you know that all your hard work is pretty much useless if you don’t take the time to properly dry and cure buds?
Harvesting cannabis buds always get growers excited. After months of toiling, you finally see glistening buds coated with so much resin that it makes your mouth
Curing is a straightforward process considering you start with properly dried buds. If your stash is too wet before curing, buds will clump together and there’s a good chance that mould will take hold. Increased moisture will also encourage anaerobic bacteria to start breaking down your stash. A telltale sign this is happening is the smell of ammonia emerging from your jars every time you open them.
Place the buds loosely into the container and fill to 75% capacity. It’s important to leave room for air. Now is a good time to test if your stash is dry enough for curing. Give the jars a gentle shake. If your buds rattle around the glass freely, then continue with the next steps. If they begin to clump together, this is a sign the exterior is still too wet and further drying is required.
After carefully cultivating your crop for months, an additional few weeks of curing is nothing. It will transform harsh and damp buds into smooth flowers loaded with taste.
Harvest time might seem like the final stage in the growing process, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. After you’ve harvested the fruits of your labour, it’s time for the most vital steps of them all: drying and curing.
Next, you’ll need to place your stash into airtight containers. Mason jars provide a sturdy option and allow growers to easily monitor their buds throughout the process.
Heat will only be a substantial issue if you live in a climate where it becomes exceptionally hot. Heat is another factor that can lead to the degradation of cannabinoids, potentially reducing the potency of your buds. Be sure to keep your jars in a cool location to minimise damage and mould formation. An ideal room temperature for curing is around 21°C.
On the flip side, curing bud that is too dry will create a crumbly and harsh stash that isn’t pleasant to smoke. Ideally, cannabis flowers should be dried in a room with a humidity of between 45–55%. This will result in a dry and slightly crumbly exterior and a more humid interior. Once it comes time for curing, humidity is increased slightly to an ideal reading of around 62%.
To begin the process, you’ll need to prepare your flowers accordingly. If you dried your buds individually, you’re good to go. If you elected to dry them by the branch, then you’ll need to get trimming. Separate each bud and rid them of sugar leaves.
Drying is just as it sounds—it’s the process of removing the majority of the water content from your buds. This will make them easier to handle, more resilient against mould formation, and a lot more pleasant to smoke. Some growers are happy to blaze dried buds, but if you want to take the flavour and potency of your harvest to the next level, you’ll need to cure them.
Curing is a long and tedious process for many growers, but results in a buttery smooth smoke and enhanced flavour. Learn how to do it properly here.