Drying cannabis is an important step to getting a pleasant taste in your marijuana products.
When done incorrectly, you will have an uneven smoking or vaping experience. The vaping experience will also not be as potent.
The reason for this is simple. Buds that have been dried in a quick manner will have all their chlorophyll and pigments trapped inside the plant. Similarly, drying the buds too slowly will make them rot.
Thus, you can see that having the ability to dry cannabis plants can make or break a crop.
Without further ado, our Mail Order Marijuana staff will go over how to properly dry and cure your cannabis for maximum impact.
Drying Cannabis Process
When you dry cannabis buds, it will transform more than 75% of the plant into water vapor form. In other words, it will change the carbohydrates into simple sugars.
During this process, the marijuana plant will also undergo a change in its pigments, resulting in having no green residuals.
As the plant begins to dry, the natural plant process will slowly end. It is important to know that the plant will usually dry from the outside first before making its way into the inside of the plant.
You can remove the leaves to dry faster, however, this may cause the dried flower buds to become uneven.
The drying time rate will entirely be dependent on the temperature and humidity. For optimal results, the temperature has to be around 60 – 70 F and humidity levels of 45-55%.
In four to five days, the buds will be dry enough that you can start the curing process. Typically, larger buds will take longer to dry compared to smaller ones.
Tip: To quickly check if the buds are dry, you can squeeze them gently to see if they have any moisture. If the stems fold rather than breaking apart, it is a sign that curing can be done.
Basically, you want the buds to be dry but not brittle. In this way, it will burn really well when you smoke them.
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Curing Cannabis Process
Just remember that all cannabis buds will have some moisture inside, even if it is just a little. This still applies to plants that have been dried for many days and look dry from the outside.
When there is the presence of moisture, it will affect its flavor and potency. Since some people would rather have a minty flavor in cannabis (which can be found in uncured plants), curing cannabis is important but not a crucial step to do before smoking the buds.
Thus, curing the cannabis plants will remove all moisture from the buds. This process is also done to preserve all the natural terpenes and cannabinoids found in marijuana plants.
Here are a couple of other reasons why it is beneficial to cure cannabis:
- Mold cannot grow
- Buds will be soft but dry inside
- Preserve its flavors
- Gets rid of its vegetal taste
When curing cannabis, there are a few steps you need to take:
- Store the dry flower buds in airtight containers (high-quality bags that protects from the heat can also be used)
- Write the date on the storage container or bags
- Place in a cool place away from sunlight
- The moisture will slowly go from inside the plant to outside its stem
- After a few hours, check the buds by squeezing them gently
- Be careful while doing this as the plant can bruise
- Release moisture from the container by opening it a few times a day for the first week
- Check the smell of the cannabis by whiffing it (smell should be sweet)
- You can also check the buds for any molds (do so quickly and seal the container right away when done)
- Do not open the container unnecessarily as this can delay the curing process (or even make it stop completely)
After 14 to 21 days, the cannabis will have finished its curing process. You can then store them appropriately so that it does not go bad.
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Final Thoughts on Drying Cannabis
Drying weed does not have to be a complicated process. It is just simple science that you can make marijuana buds last longer when there is no longer any moisture present.
Be sure not to leave your cannabis under direct sunlight as it could damage the plants. You also want to always be gentle whenever handling the buds because they are very fragile.
By following all these steps in the article written by our Mail Order Marijuana staff, you can be confident that you will get great results in drying and curing cannabis.
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