Your dank, resinous buds serve as a prime breeding ground for mould and mildew directly after harvest. It is of high importance to insure the integrity of your weed is maintained by drying and curing probably to enable safe and effective storage.
Another method, known as sweating, takes a little more effort. You will need to put your harvested material inside airtight containers; glass jars work great for this. Once again, be sure not to overcrowd the containers. You should seal the lid for about 3 hours and then open it for a time to allow moisture to leave the container. Continue this process for a week and then allow up to 12 hours before you open a jar.
Curing cannabis is essential to be sure, that all excess moisture is removed. This can be done very simply by placing your plant material inside a brown paper bag. Be sure that it is a paper bag you are using and not a plastic one, as this can hold moisture and promote the growth of mould and mildew. Put your product into the bag, but do not overcrowd it. Come along a few times a day and check individual buds. Remove anything that looks suspect.
Whether growing your cannabis indoors or outdoors, the arrival of harvest time is extremely rewarding and celebratory. You have overcome all of the challenges facing you. You battled back the pests, maintained decent humidity, pruned your marijuana plants to perfection and gave them all of the light, nutrients and water they needed to survive. However, the final stages are not yet complete.
Ideal conditions are around 20 degree celsius and a humidity of approximately 50%. This temperature should be easy to achieve. Humidity can be measured using a hygrometer and manipulated using equipment such as humidifiers and dehumidifiers, depending on the default readings in your environment. The drying process should take a of total of 9 days. Be sure to regularly check your buds for any sign of mildew or mold.
Drying is an essential step to remove the moisture from your buds. One key way to dry your newly harvested weed is simply by hanging it. This will give it ample time to dry, without doing it too fast using artificial techniques, that might damage the valuable cannabinoids and active constituents within the end product of your crop. The way you hang your weed to dry will entirely depend on the resources and space that you have access to.
The two main factors, that you will want to consider are humidity and light. Your space will need to have low humidity to eradicate the chance of mould forming. It will also need to be in darkness to stop the breakdown and degradation of the quality of your weed. If you have a spare room, garage or closet, this is great. If not, a large cardboard box will suffice.
Now, create some sort of washing line for your buds to hang from using what materials you have at hand. This could be any kind of wire, rope or string that is sturdy and reliable. Next it would be wise to block excess light entering the space or room without it looking too suspicious if possible. Once achieved, place a fan into the space in order to create adequate air circulation, that will help to prevent mould growth.
You must now successfully dry out your cannabis and cure it correctly in order to store it safely. This part of the process must not be underestimated or rushed due to the excitement of harvest time. Doing it right will stop any nasty mould or mildew from forming on your valuable buds and potentially ruining your stash.
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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone wants to have their harvest dry as soon as possible, but patience is needed in this lengthy process; why would you spend months taking care of a plant to speed up the drying process? Usually, to get top quality product you should dry it for a week to a month, no more and no less. If it dries before then, then the place you’ve chosen to dry it isn’t adequate; it might be too hot, or there might be a breeze (something you need to avoid) and this will make your weed end up tasting green, like chlorophyll. If it takes too long to dry there might be too much humidity in the area, and your buds might end up full of fungi and rot.
- 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.
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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 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.