DRYING AND CURING YOUR CANNABIS
After the harvest, there are still some steps to make sure that your cannabis will be perfect when consumed or turned into an extract. Come with us to better understand drying and curing buds!
There’s n othing like the feeling of a good harvest ! Getting to the end of the cycle brings some peace of mind, right? We love how much gardening is a constant feeling of overcoming all obstacles. But hey, attention! It is not because you arrived at the end of the cycle that you have to stop caring about your herb. After harvest, there’s still a long process before you can smoke that flower in its full potential: drying and curing your cannabis.
Many gardeners don’t fully understand drying and curing it. Even if you grew a beautiful flower with a super complex terpene profile, you can lose all this quality if you do not dry and cure your crop correctly!
We would love to thank all of you that have been together with us during our cultivation series! We loved creating these posts about each of the stages of the growth of our cannabis, a plant that unites us and brings us so much joy and quality of life. We hope that out content helped all of you – like water nurtures a plant!
Want to know more about drying and curing?
We will explain everything here in this post! Come with us!
Well, we already talked a little about it in the harvest post and we also have some other posts on the topic here on the blog – but it is always important to bring this idea to really fixate it, right? Drying is an ESSENTIAL step, much more complex than it seems. That’s because, if you don’t do everything correctly, you can ruin the entire result of your precious cannabis harvest and have problems with fungi, such as mold .
Mold is caused by filamentous fungi, which do not form mushroom-like structures. They live mainly in humid and dark places. They appear with whitish, greenish, orange colors, among many others. Although this fungus can help us a lot in some processes, like in the maturation of some cheeses, it can also be responsible for a huge range of problems – from allergies to fatal contaminations, such as aspergillosis. We have self-cultivation as one of the main Harm Reduction strategies, since you can know exactly what you are consuming, but mold makes cannabis totally unfit for consumption.
@sunboldtgrown drying their cannabis crop
Drying reduces the presence of water in the bud to 10-15%, and one of the keys to this is to have a well-controlled environment. And there are many reasons to do this in addition to avoiding mold: drying properly preserves the perfect taste of your buds, and even affects the effect that this cannabis will have on the user’s body. The longer the bud dries, the more THC will turn into CBN and other cannabinoids. So, even talking about the same strain, the effect can be more flat or more agitated, raising or lowering the agitation. This happens not only because of cannabinoids, but also because of terpenes.
Terpenes are organic aromatic hydrocarbons found in most plants – and even some insects! The substance is used by plants as a natural repellent for predators, and also as a way to attract useful predators and pollinators. It is quite volatile, like alcohol, and can evaporate. That is why it is so important to do these processes in the right way: thus, all the substances in your cannabis will work together at their highest potency, in the so-called entourage effect.
Let’s talk a little bit about what to do and what not to do in this step.
WHAT TO DO
It is worth saying that drying and curing are an artistic process, and each person will do it differently and find the equation that works best for them. In some reliable literature, we found some tips:
Place your cannabis in a wooden, cardboard box or a specific structure for drying plants. The ideal is to leave the plants separate, so that there is air circulating between them.
Arrange your cannabis in a cool, airy environment with plenty of space between each bud.
If possible, use a dehumidifier to decrease the humidity in the room.
To achieve a good degree of evaporation in the first few days, a temperature of 68 F (20 ° C) and a relative humidity of 55% will ensure that the bud is left with approximately 30-40% water.
After that, the temperature should drop a few degrees to 64 F (18 ° C) to slow down the process. The humidity should be around 50%, or the buds will dry out too quickly.
Some growers like the 60F (16° C) – 60% relative humidity – in Brazil this reality is hard due to out warm temperaturesAfter the harvest there are important processes: drying and curing your buds! A complete guide to refine the effect, taste and preserve your cannabis. ]]>