How To Dry And Cure Cannabis Buds For Beginners


Drying and curing cannabis are crucial processes that the buds must go through after harvest. Drying and curing allow you to preserve their flavors, aroma, and potency. These processes also preserve the compounds of the plant, such as cannabinoids and terpenes. Overall, drying and curing make a huge difference in your cannabis experience. If done correctly, you can preserve all of the important elements of the plant while eliminating moisture, chlorophyll, and strong herbal taste. These steps allow you to create a fruitful stash and it is the best way to enjoy the fruits of your gardening labor.

What Is The Difference Between The Two?

Drying is the step that eliminates as much moisture from the plants. The moisture can be vaporized or smoked. The plant loses up to 75% of its total weight due to moisture and trimming of unnecessary parts like the branches, sticks, stems, and more. Curing is the process of placing your buds in airtight containers and leaving them for at least two weeks. This allows the buds to mature so that their potency and flavor intensify. The airtight storage keeps everything in so that you can fully enjoy them once the two weeks are up.

How Long Does Drying Take?

Drying usually takes 7 to 12 days. This depends if the plant is trimmed or not. Trimmed plants take a shorter time to dry since there is less moisture. It is best to dry the plants while they are hanging upside down to retain their shape without squashing the buds. This process helps increase the shelf-life of buds while toning down the harshness of herbal flavors to let the compounds shine. Drying eliminates only 10 to 15 percent of the overall moisture. The rest will be removed by smoking or curing. Curing allows you to maximize the plant’s potency and preserve the flavors while being able to store it for long-term use. The absence of moisture means that there will be no opportunities for mold and other bacteria to grow. During the drying period, you may expect the buds to shrink and become smaller in size. You may test if they are completely dried by bending a branch and checking if it snaps. If it does, then you are ready to move to the curing phase.

How To Cure Your Buds

The first step to curing is trimming the dried plants down to your desired size and parts. Next, place the buds in big jars with large openings. You may use jam jars or mason jars. Recycled jars must be cleaned and thoroughly dried. Fill the jars up to 75% with buds. The extra space leaves room for air which prevents the growth of mold or mildew. Cover the jars and store them in a cool, dry place. Keep them away from direct sunlight. Check up on the buds at least once a day for two weeks. Check-in on the buds by opening the lids which allow for air exchange. Carefully check each bud for signs of mildew or mold. If there is an infected bud, you need to remove it so as to not contaminate the rest of the batch. The regular checkups prevent mold growth since the moisture is released and the air is replaced with a fresh batch. The basic duration for curing is two weeks but you may leave them longer. The longer the curing process, the better the buds. Other growers cure for 4 to 8 weeks.

Other Factors To Consider

Humidity

The best humidity level for curing is 62%. This is the perfect level because it slightly rehydrates the buds. This improves the taste and flavor while retaining enough dryness to prevent the growth of mold.

Temperature

The dark and dry space must have a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit. You may measure the temperature using a room thermometer. Make the necessary adjustments to the room to hit the temperature range. For example, you may open or close nearby windows, open or close some lights, or regulate the house’s thermostat.

How To Store The Buds After Drying And Curing

The buds may be kept in the same jars and space after the curing process. The only difference is that you no longer have to check in on the buds on a daily basis. You just have to keep the jars properly shut so that the buds won’t dry out severely. Humidity packs or humidifiers are recommended if you reside in a very dry area and you are managing a huge batch of buds. These allow the buds to retain their flavor and potency so that they will remain fresh for a long time. Shop at DaiLeaf for the freshest buds on the market. You can trust that these buds are dried and cured to perfection for your consumption.

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