There are many factors that affect how long it takes for cannabis to dry.
Ahhh, harvest time. After watching your ladies grow and flower, it’s finally time to collect your hard-earned buds. But before you can enjoy a toke of some homegrown Kush, you’ll need to dry and cure your freshly harvested weed. Below, we’ll share our answers to some frequently asked questions on the drying and curing process, so you can maximise the flavour and potency of your stash.
This process of consistently checking in on your buds will pull excess moisture out of your jars and allow fresh air to hit your buds. After about two weeks, you can start enjoying your harvested weed, but the longer you wait, the better.
The process of growing cannabis does not stop at harvest time. Properly drying and curing your fresh cannabis stash is paramount to prevent mould contamination from taking place. These procedures will also result in buds that taste better and offer a superior high.
During this check-up, keep your jars open to allow for air exchange, and inspect each bud individually for signs of mould. If you find an infected bud, make sure to remove it from its jar immediately to avoid the fungus spreading.
Most growers will cure their weed for around a month; however, curing for 4–8 weeks will really get the most flavour and aroma out of your buds.
Curing is super important because it helps preserve your weed so it can be stored over time—while still retaining its unique flavour and maximising potency. When you harvest your buds, they contain excess sugars and starches that eventually come under attack from airborne bacteria and enzymes. By curing your buds, you actually encourage the degradation of these nutrients, making for a smoother, better-tasting final smoke.
In order for your buds to dry evenly, you’ll want to ensure that air can move freely, coming into contact with them on all sides. The best way to do this is to string up your cut and trimmed branches, or to use wire racks if you’re working with individual buds or small branches. If you choose to use racks, keep in mind that you’ll need to flip your buds regularly to ensure they don’t flatten on one side.
Once your buds are dry and trimmed, place them in big, wide-mouthed jars (mason or jam jars work great). Fill the jars about ¾ of the way so there’s room for additional air, and to reduce the risk of mould or mildew ruining your harvest. Once you’ve filled up your jars, store them in a dry, dark environment (like a kitchen cupboard) and check on your buds at least once per day for two weeks.
Properly drying and curing your fresh cannabis harvest is essential to decrease the risk of mould, and to enhance the taste and high that your buds offer.
As we make our way through the month of October, harvest time grows near for outdoor cannabis crops. With growing cannabis being only half the battle of achieving the desired outcome, we felt it would be helpful to break down the steps to building the ideal cannabis “dry room”.
It is very important to clean your dry room before moving in any equipment or plants. This includes sanitizing the floors and walls to ensure that there are no mold spores or bacteria lingering in the space.
Lastly, there is the option of “bucking” (separating the buds from the leaves, stems, and branches) and spreading the buds evenly around “high-rise dry racks” that hang from the ceiling. This method is ideal for those planning to use trim machines as their trimming process. If you choose this method, ensure that you are moving the nugs around in the dry racks at least once a day so that mold does not develop.
How to build a dry room for your harvest.
Once the dry room is clean it is time to start bringing in the items you need. Keep in mind that what you will need will be based on the size of your room.
When it comes to a drying style, there are three main ways of going about this process. There is the whole plant limb style where you hang all or most of the plants in full form, with branches and leaves still intact.
- Make sure you have a dark room that doesn’t have any light leaks. Having a sealed room will also help keep moisture out.
- Make sure your room is equipped with electrical to power the fans, dehumidifier and heater/AC.
- Use heater(s) for winter season drying and an A/C unit for summer season
- Make sure you have fans to circulate air throughout the dry room. It is wise to have fans blowing from the ground and from the ceiling to keep the air moving in both directions.
- Have some tool or monitoring system that can keep track of the humidity and temperature in your dry room as these play a major role in the drying of your buds.
- A dehumidifier(s) is also necessary to help pull the moisture out of the room
- To reduce the smell coming from your dry room you may want to consider using a fan with a carbon filter.
Another style would be breaking down the plants to smaller branches and taking the time to de-leaf the large fan leaves from the branches, leaving mostly buds, stems and branches.
The style we would like to outline here is the whole plant/large branch drying method during the
winter/outdoor harvest season.
Find out how to build the most efficient dry room for your cannabis harvest this season!