Water Curing Your Weed
Water curing is a superb method to prepare your buds for a smooth and satisfying smoke. This technique works to remove unwanted substances from within the flowers that lead to harsh, unpleasant flavours.
Curing cannabis buds is an essential part of the post-harvest process. Doing so will ensure that none of the growing time went to waste, and that your bud tastes as good as it possibly can. Harvesting may seem like the last part of the growing process, but drying and curing weed is paramount to prevent mould from occurring, and to remove any residue from within the flowers that leads to harsh tastes and an overall less-pleasurable smoking experience.
Traditionally, the curing process occurs after the drying process and involves the storage of dried flowers within jars. This is done to ripen the buds, allowing them to break down residual sugars and salts that lead to those undesirable tastes when lit up. Although this process is tried, tested, and effective, there is a method that is both faster and more thorough.
Water curing occurs before the drying process, and is extremely effective at flushing out and removing a wider array of lingering and unwanted substances. Water plays somewhat of a purifying role over the entire growing process. This clear lifesource can be used in the final weeks prior to harvest to flush out impurities and to enhance taste. And it also plays a critical role during curing to help to finalise this process.
HOW WATER CURING WORKS
Water curing utilises jars, much like traditional curing. However, instead of being full of air, they are full of water instead. Buds are placed inside the water-filled jars and left submerged for about a week.
During traditional “air curing”, the buds are left for a longer period of time to break down residual substances. With water curing, the presence of water helps to accelerate and augment this process. Water-soluble substances within the flowers such as sugars, salts, insecticides, and chlorophyll diffuse into the water. This process is more effective than the buds digesting their own sugars.
But what about the important substances in this equation, such as THC? Well, cannabinoids are fat-soluble, meaning that water alone isn’t enough to dislodge them from their trichome abodes and rid them from the buds. This means that water curing effectively removes any nasty remnants from the buds, without reducing their potency. This process works via diffusion, the movement of substances from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration through a cell membrane.
Although water curing can successfully remove unwanted substances, there are other water-soluble compounds within the buds that may also be washed out too. This may unfortunately reduce the desired flavours and scents of a particular strain. However, this tradeoff is definitely worth it when it comes to avoiding overly harsh smoke.
A BRIEF GUIDE TO WATER CURING
Before beginning the water curing process, you’ll need to obtain fresh water and a decent-sized jar. Distilled water is preferable, as it is free of any potential contamination.
Next, take your harvest and begin to clean up your flowers by trimming off the leaves and stems. These can be kept to create hash later on down the line. Now, take your manicured buds and place them within your jar. Pour your distilled water into the jar until it’s full. The flowers will float to the surface, so it’s important to keep the jar full and the buds submerged.
Be sure to change the water every day to remove the flushed substances. Clear, clean water will work better to absorb residue than more saturated water. Water curing can take between 5–8 days to complete.
After the water curing period has ended, be sure to properly dry your buds so no mould has a chance to set in. The end result is bud that is extremely smooth to smoke, with a discreet scent.
Water curing is a highly effective method for removing residual substances from buds after harvest, creating a smooth and silky smoke.