Curing Cannabis Properly

After all the effort, commitment, and waiting, the final stage arrives.

So what is curing cannabis and why do you need to do it? Curing cannabis is simply the process of extracting unwanted chlorophyll from your marijuana buds after they have dried. Chlorophyll is a chemical that plays a key role in photosynthesis and is what makes plants green. With uncured bud, the chlorophyll will overpower its flavor and odor and is also very harsh on the lungs, making for an all around bad session. If you want your bud to be as dank as possible you have take the time to properly dry and then cure it. Drying and curing cannabis involves two stages obviously, a dry and curing stage. They both take time and they both require a little bit of participation on your part. But if you want really good weed it’s worth following these steps. So just kick back and let your bud dry then cure it properly. If you don’t you’re only cheating yourself.

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Drying & curing marijuana

Think about what happens when you leave freshly cut grass in a lawn bag for a few days. Since grass is pretty much all water and chlorophyll you will find a bag full of wet, stank sludge. If you don’t put the grass in a bag it will just dry up and turn brown and crumbly. You don’t want either one of these things to happen because dry weed sucks almost as much as soggy sludgy weed. That’s why you need to dry and cure your marijuana buds properly. First we’ll teach you how to dry marijuana. Then we’ll move on to curing it. Ready?

How to dry weed?

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Drying is as important as growing, and a bad drying process can ruin even the best buds.

Drying marijuana means reducing the water content of the buds to 10-15%, depending on the desired crispiness of the final product.

Sure using the microwave may be the fastest way to dry weed but it is definitely not at all the best way to dry weed. Here’s a tip on how to dry weed fast, just use a fan. But keep in mind that faster isn’t better, man. The best tasting bud results from a slow drying process.

The best way dry weed is to trim the large fan leaves from the plants and hang them upside down in a cool dry place with plenty of circulation. You can hang your weed buds on a clothesline or pole or something in a large dark room, a closet or even a large cardboard box. They key is lots of air circulation. Make sure to check your cannabis buds for mold and mildew daily during the drying and curing process. If any parts of plants show signs of mold or mildew toss them right away. Mildew and mold on weed is always a bad thing. Don’t leave infected drying weed (or living weed for that matter) near other drying or growing plants to avoid it from spreading.

Allow the buds to dry until the stems snap and break when bent in half. Next you can finish manicuring the bud by removing the rest of the small crystal filled leaves. Set these sugar leaves aside for making hash, rosin or weed butter later. Remove the buds from their stems and place them loosely into jars. Now you’re on your way to the curing cannabis phase. Pro Tip—Mason jars with the wide lids make great marijuana jars for curing and storage.

Drying weed, especially right after it’s cut, delivers an unmistakable aroma for the first few days. In that time you might want to throw off nosy neighbors by painting your house or staining your fence. Luckily after a few days your plants won’t release such a strong scent.

Here’s how to dry cannabis:

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  1. Trim the large fan leaves from the plants.
  2. Cut off the branches with the marijuana buds and hang them upside down in a cool dry place with plenty of circulation.
  3. Allow the buds to dry until the stems snap and break when bent in half.

WHEN DO I KNOW MY BUDS ARE PROPERLY DRIED AND READY TO CURE?
There’s a simple test to know if your buds are dry: Simply take a small branch and try to bend it. If it snaps, your buds are dry and you’re ready to move on to the curing process. If they bend, your buds need a little longer to dry.

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.

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.

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.

Curing is an art and should be tried with small batches first.

It increases the intensity of the flavor and will slowly but steadily lower THC in favor of CBN, which is much less potent than THC.

The high of cured weed is always deeper and more introspective, often becoming a meditation and inner-vision tool.

The flavor becomes much more complex and refined, gaining in depth as well as in variation of bouquet.

Cured buds that were started a little moist look slightly brownish and have a typical deep smell, one that real smokers love from the bottom of their souls.

Buds cured when they were dryer retain more THC, chlorophyll, and a fresher bouquet.

Like very good aged wine, there is something unique about a well-cured crop that any aspiring connoisseur should experience at least once.

[Updated, originally published 16.11.2017]

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