62% humidity – When buds are dry enough for long term storage, your hygrometer will read 62% relative humidity or slightly less. It’s important that buds are not wet at all before long-term storage, or they may mold!
How to Perfectly Dry & Cure Your Marijuana Every Time
Humidipaks also work very well for long-term storage. When we used them, they didn’t seem to lower the humidity when it was too high in our curing jars, but they did protect buds from drying out.
Buds will continue to improve from curing for up to 6 months. After 6 months, further curing will not continue to have much effect. At this point, you want to prepare the buds for long term storage to maintain their potency for as long as possible.
Curing starts as soon as you cut down your plant!
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Some growers dry their buds in paper bags or even by laying them out on cardboard.
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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!
- If you put it in too early, your buds will be extremely soft as if you just harvested them. If this happens to you, you might need to put the buds back in the drying sock for them to dry properly. It gets so soft because you took it down too early and there’s still too much humidity in the trunk.
- If you’ve taken them down too late, your bud will be much too dry and the humidity won’t be able to rot the chlorophyll and the weed will still be green looking and green smelling, so you’ll be left with weed that tastes like leaves.
- If you’ve done it at exactly the right time, the weed should be spongy, not completely dry but not completely humid either, just a bit soft. After a few days of opening it up for 5 mins a day, your cannabis should be completely dry and you can close the container for as long as you want.
Drying cannabis is an extremely important step that determines the quality of your weed. If you don’t dry it properly you could end up ruining your entire harvest that took you months to complete, so you’ll need to take care when drying your buds.
Things to keep in mind when drying cannabis:
Honestly, the best way to dry your buds properly is to work from experience; you need to know what space to use and how many days it takes to dry in that particular space so that you can pick the exact spot where to hang your bud and know exactly when to put them in glass jars to cure them. It’s honestly easier than it looks; you just have to follow some simple steps and you’ll have top quality buds once they’re dry! Keep in mind that the process of drying and curing should take about a month, although it can be accelerated if you’re desperate to smoke but the quality and taste will be far inferior, so if you’re going to do that don’t do it with the entire harvest, just enough to tide you over until it’s all dry and ready to smoke.
- When you harvest your plants the soil needs to be completely dry, and you run the risk of rot.
- When you’re drying your cannabis, you should never use dehumidifiers; only use them in particular cases when you know there is a lot of humidity and you’ve checked that your weed won’t dry there even in a month. Be careful though, as you’ll end up heating up the area and your weed might dry too fast.
- You shouldn’t use fans in your drying area, as it will dry your weed too fast just like a dehumidifier and you won’t be able to cure it properly.
- Never use cardboard boxes or drawers to dry your cannabis because it will probably end up covered in rot and mildew.
- Make sure that the branches aren’t touching each other when you hand them up, because this creates more humidity which can lead to rot, and rot can easily spread from one plant to another if they’re touching.
- Do not harvest your plant if you’ve just used any product on it, especially if it’s a fungicide or pesticide, as the flavor will stick around in the final product and could end up ruining your entire harvest.
The perfect time to take your buds down and stick them in hermetically sealed jars is when you can bend the buds on their stems and they bend, kind of crispy like, but they don’t break. This is when you’ll need to put the buds in jars or wooden boxes so the chlorophyll can rot correctly and the plants don’t taste like green leaves. This works because the excess humidity in the stems slowly rots the chlorophyll, but you need to open the jars for about 10 minutes every day to let some fresh air in; this will allow the humidity to escape a little bit. Rotting the chlorophyll is known as curing cannabis.
Don’t forget to open it up for a few minutes every day to make sure it’s drying properly and let some of the humidity out. If you detect any sort of mildew of fungi, remove it immediately from the container as it could end up completely rotting your bud. Once it’s completely dry you can keep it for years in the container, as long as you’d like.
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atmosphere, you’ll notice that the buds are drying a bit, then you’ll go and it’ll be a bit humid again, then you’ll think it’s ready but the stems are still green… the best thing is to wait 15 days to make sure.
When drying cannabis a certain level of patience is needed if you want to get the best out of your weed in as far as aroma, taste and effect.