Gets rid of the unpleasant “fresh hay” or “cut grass” smell which is common on newly harvested buds
If you notice that any buds feel damp or moist, do not store them in the jars yet! Allow those buds to continue drying slowly until they start to feel dry on the outside before putting them in jars.If they’re already in jars and feel moist, make sure to leave the tops of the jars off until the buds feel dry again.
For the impatient, this also gives you the opportunity to “try out” your new buds and see how they improve during the curing process 🙂
If buds are creating wet spots, you may need to rotate them every few hours so they dry more evenly. This is one of the reasons I prefer to use a drying rack if it’s humid, or hanging buds pretty much any other time.
Some growers cut the plant down at the base and hang the whole plant upside down to dry. Others will cut off branches and hang them to dry. Still others will cut off individual buds so they can lay them out and dry them on a mesh screen or rack.
Buds should always feel completely dry on the outside, and shouldn’t stick together. If you ever smell “ammonia” it means they’re too wet and bad bacteria is starting to grow
Why Do Growers Dry & Cure Buds After Harvest?
Curing you cannabis properly makes up almost 50% of your final bud quality!
Your buds are ready for harvest, yet your job as a grower is not quite over yet. You still need to put your newly harvested buds through the cannabis curing process.
This tutorial teaches you the best way to dry and cure cannabis buds after harvest, which greatly increases bud quality. Quality drying/curing ensures the best smelling, most dense and highest potency marijuana buds!
Take off the fan leaves and trim the bigger sugar leaves. You can do this with a pair of spring-loaded trimming scissors that you can pick up for $10 bucks. In the end, your buds should look like this:
And we can all understand that.
Another point to consider is the optimal time frame you’re going to dedicate to this.
Drying and curing should be a slow and tedious process, because that is the only approach that will give you the best possible potency, smell and taste.
If you acknowledge this right away you’re going to have an amazing product in the end.
- The ideal drying room conditions are 75° Fahrenheit (23° Celsius) with 50% humidity (use a Digital Humidistat to monitor your humidity levels)
- Make sure to space out the branches so the air can flow between the buds
- Your weed is dry enough to cure when the buds feel crispy to the touch, but they still spring back a little bit when pressed (be gentle when testing)
- It’s better to over-dry the buds then under-dry them, as they can become moldy (which ruins the taste and even makes them toxic)
By drying and curing our weed we are essentially doing two things:
Both oxygen and light degrade THC so try to store your weed in a dark spot and within an airtight container. Room temperature (18-23°) should do just fine for most short to mid-term time spans.
- Ideal conditions for curing are 70° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) with around 60% humidity (you can put humidity packs inside the jars)
- Cure your buds for at least 4 weeks to get the optimal potency and taste
- For perfect buds, cure for 6-8 weeks
- Open up the jars every day for 30-45 minutes to get the fresh air in (this process is also known as burping)
- Keep the jars out of direct light, as it can breakdown cannabinoids
Find out what is the best way to dry weed and get one step closer to the highest possible quality buds. Weed curing guide included.