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The Importance of Drying Cannabis

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The importance of drying cannabis; this is one of the most important steps, and if it’s not done correctly it can have an extremely negative impact on the quality of your final product. Once you’ve harvested the flowers you’ll need to dry them in a particular way so they conserve their properties and improve their quality; to get the best flavor and effect out of your buds you’ll need to dry and cure them properly.

Cannabis flowers are full of active components; resin contains a lot of THC, CBD and other components. The issue is that when your plants are recently harvested, they’re still quite green and most of its THC is inactive. The only way to make it active is by drying it for around 10-15 days depending on quantity and location.

Once it’s dry, you’ll need to do another process called curing. This is done to get the absolute best flavor out of the bud possible. When you cure buds what you’re doing is basically rotting the chlorophyll so that the buds don’t taste too green of fresh which is extremely characteristic of weed that’s been force dried with heat or harvested much too early. When the chlorophyll rots, the weed stops looking so green and starts looking more yellow or brown; this is a sign of some potent gear.

How to Dry your Cannabis

To dry cannabis properly you’ll need to isolate it from heat and from wind, as well as high levels of humidity which can cause buds to rot. You need to make sure that no light is getting into your drying room or it could negatively affect the trichomes, turning the THC into CBN which would ruin most of the psychoactive effect. You need to pick somewhere that’s not too warm, airy but without any breezes near the plants nor fans or anything like that and then all you have to do is have some patience. Make sure that the air in the room doesn’t stagnate or else humidity will rise and the buds won’t dry properly. One of the best ways to dry weed is by using a drying sock.

Once it’s dried you’ll be able to tell if your grow room was too hot or not; the hotter it is the earlier it dries, and the cooler it is the longer it takes to dry. If it’s too hot and your gear tends to dry out too fast, then you should dry it with the leaves and everything so that the process is a bit longer. If it tends to take too long then you’ll need to remove as many branches, stems and leaves as possible, and you’ll need to use a drying sock as you won’t be able to hang them without the trunk and stem.

How to Cure your Cannabis Buds

When drying your buds, some days they will appear to be super dry and other days they’ll feel a bit more humid… You’ll need to stick your buds in some glass containers at just the right moment to cure them after drying. The best time to do this is when you can bend a bud or branch and it doesn’t break, it just bends. That’s when you’ll need to put the buds into glass bottles to cure them.

Once they’re in their new home, you’ll need to open the bottles every 24h to make sure that the buds are doing well. If you put them in when they’re still too humid and you don’t open it for days, it will definitely begin rotting. This is why you need to open it for 5-10 minutes every day until it’s completely dry. The first few days it’ll still be soft again as if you had just harvested a few days ago, but that’s normal. Little by little you’ll see how your buds get dryer and start smelling much nicer.

Once it’s completely dry and nice and crungy, then you can leave the bottles closed for as long as you want and smoke whenever you want. You can keep it for years if you want, however it doesn’t ever last that long in my case. The flavor, aroma and potency will be absolutely amazing if you’ve dried and cured properly.

Author: Javier Chinesta
Translation: Ciara Murphy

The importance of drying cannabis; learn why and how to dry cannabis buds, as well as why you should also cure them before smoking.

Drying cannabis

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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.

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.

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.

To do this right you’ll need to trim your plants and take away the leaves so that the plants can dry properly and look nicer once they’re dry. If your plant is very big, you can cut the branches off and hang them like a washing line or in a drying sock, somewhere where there isn’t any light and the temperature doesn’t go above 25º. Make sure there’s no heavy air flow, but at the same time no pockets of stagnant air that can create humidity. Once a few days have gone by and depending on the outdoor

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.

Once you’ve put your buds in their final containers you’ll need to keep an eye on them every day until they’re completely dry. Every 24h you should open the jar at least once to let the air filter out and to check if it’s still too humid or if the process is going nicely. The first day that you put the buds in the jar the weed should be almost dry, but the next day when you open it you’ll know if you got the timing right:

  • 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.

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.

Things to keep in mind when drying cannabis:

  • 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.

If you have any other questions don’t hesitate in leaving a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Author: Javier Chinesta
Translation: Ciara Murphy

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.