Proper bud curing, you’ve grown and harvested your plants, now what? What does the process look like?
The pre-cured cannabis bud looks like your typical nugget. Many tiny, well-packed red-orange hairs protrude from the bud. If you look closely, you can see a few tiny trichomes on the exterior of the flower. It is worth noting that this particular example has been pre-trimmed and has no excess leaves.
After curing your bud, the nuggets will look like they’ve been rubbed down with baby powder. The hair color will fade to an ashy gray color, and many trichomes will start to fall off. However, it is essential to note that those trichomes contain most cannabinoids and terpenes within the flower.
Many people put small paper or plastic bags over each nugget to prevent it from drying out too quickly when hanging to cure. Make sure not to pack the buds down in these bags too tightly–you want there to be room for air circulation! Another technique people use is to cut open a brown paper lunch bag and place the buds inside it. Still another way is to use a silicon baking tray with many dime-size holes, allowing for airflow.
Many people do not realize that cannabis stems also benefit from curing after harvesting. The stems can be fixed by hanging them dry out or laying them out on parchment paper. The branches are typically very dense and can take much longer to dry than the bud itself, sometimes upwards of a week to ten days!
Many people prefer vaping because it is fast-acting, and they love the flavor. The bud must be adequately cured before using it in a vape pen because, otherwise, chances are you will end up with a harsh tasting puff. To avoid this, make sure to dry the buds after harvesting and before cutting them down.
Though cannabis naturally has anti-fungal properties, it is susceptible to mold while growing and curing. It is a good idea to check your flowers frequently for signs of mold or a musty smell. If a few buds have contracted mold while being cured, the problem can be remedied by removing them from the bunch before they begin spoiling other buds nearby.
Many people who smoke cannabis prefer the smoother, more refined flavors of properly cured buds over fresh ones. Curing allows the terpenes in your flower to fully develop and come through when smoking, vaping, or cooking with cannabis. This process takes a few weeks, so be patient!
Some people believe that curing buds increases their potency. Potency, as it pertains to marijuana, means the concentration of THC and other cannabinoids within the bud. A study by J.M. McPartland et al . found that “curing does not increase the total amount of cannabinoids in the bud but instead increases their relative proportion.” The theory is that curing makes the plant material drier. This allows the THC to bind more effectively with the available cannabinoids, increasing potency.
Some people cure their cannabis buds to prevent mold or rot during storage. If you are not planning on smoking your cannabis or cooking with it, curing is a good way of keeping the flowers fresh for a few months before they begin to degrade. Some people recommend storing cannabis in airtight containers with Boveda humidity packs to ensure the flower remains as close to its natural humidity as possible without going bad.
Many advanced cannabis smokers prefer to cure their buds in two separate chambers. This is done by drying the buds for five days and then placing them in an airtight glass jar with a humidity pack attached. After another week of hanging, they are moved to an entirely separate container with no humidity at all. At this point, you can continue drying them if necessary, or you can transfer them to a jar with humidity for another week and enjoy your smooth, tasty smoke!
The drying process is where the magic happens, and curing starts. This stage of the cannabis cultivation process requires patience and discipline. The drying room should be dark and well-ventilated to allow for proper airflow. If the buds are left in direct sunlight or a closed container, they can lose their potency quickly!
Buds should be dried until about 80% of the moisture has evaporated away. Although there is no exact science, it is easy to tell when your buds are dry enough because they will feel lighter, and the stems will snap instead of bend.
If your weed is already cured and you want to dry it again, make sure not to place it in a container or jar with humidity because this can re-moisten the flowers and potentially ruin them! Instead, place the buds on a paper towel in an open space.
Once the buds are properly dried, it is time to store them. You can place your flowers in glass jars or plastic containers with airtight seals. Some people recommend using Mylar bags or food-grade plastic bags instead of traditional storage containers because they are more challenging to penetrate and keep out light during curing. These bags can be reused if cleaned well between uses!
Once your cannabis has completely dried and cured, you are ready to smoke it or use it for whatever purpose suits your needs! Happy curing!
After the weed has been properly dried and the moisture level is where you want it, you can move them to a sealable container for storage! It would be best if you stored your flower in a cool, dark place that is not constantly fluctuating in temperature. Some people recommend using a refrigerator or freezer but be sure to keep your weed away from the coldest areas because this will cause the trichomes to fall off and make it less potent!
What is proper Bud Curing:
What comes to your mind when you hear the term “cure?” Most people will say something along the lines of “to feel better after an illness” however, in marijuana consumption, curing is a method for making cannabis more potent and flavorful. It also allows some strains to lose their pungent, sometimes skunky smell and taste.
Curing your cannabis is a four-step process that will make your marijuana more potent, as well as less flammable. You can do this by adding moisture back into the buds. The THC in your bud needs to be converted from an acid form called THCA to the psychoactive, water-soluble THC. This conversion process is called decarboxylation and happens automatically when cannabis is lit on fire or vaporized, but you can also do it by applying moderate heat.
Decarboxylating your marijuana before curing will ensure that all the THC in your bud is activated, making for a more robust high. The process brings out the natural, earthy flavors in your marijuana while making it smoother to smoke.
Many cannabis connoisseurs will tell you that proper curing is an art form. Unlike other plants, cannabis plants are susceptible to their environment and need close monitoring during the first few weeks after harvest. When done correctly, curing can make your weed more potent and flavorful.
After proper curing, cannabis becomes smoother, and the harshness often found in buds straight from the garden is replaced with deep relaxation and an enhanced sensory experience. Some say this also makes for a much better high, as the psychoactive potential of many strains becomes more robust during the curing process.
Cannabis plants contain a lot of moisture. The plant’s leaves and flowers naturally have between 80-95% water. The drying and curing process removes much of this moisture while controlling the overall humidity inside your jar or bag, ultimately producing a more potent bud with better flavor and longer shelf life.
If you’ve ever had dry marijuana before, you might notice that it burns faster, tastes more like hay than lemons, and lacks the subtle smell of fresh flowers. That’s because dry cannabis contains less moisture than properly cured buds.
When to Cure Your Weed:
Much depends on how you plan to consume your marijuana. If you are going to smoke or vaporize it soon after harvest, curing isn’t essential.
Curing is more critical if you want to preserve your weed for a long time or plan on edible extracts. The whole process of making cannabis-infused food and drink begins with properly cured weed. If you’ve never consumed any cannabis before, it’s best to learn the basics of proper curing before you make your first batch of weed brownies or cannabis oil.
Curing Marijuana in Four Easy Steps:
The four steps to a better cure are simple and can be done right in your kitchen with a few mason jars, an oven, and a hygrometer. If you seriously want to take your curing game to the next level, it’s worth investing in a proper curing box or cabinet.
Step 1 – Dry your marijuana buds by hanging them upside down in a cool, dry place with plenty of circulating air. The longer you let it hang, the drier your weed will become. If you are in a hurry, you can dry your marijuana using a paper bag, but you will want to make sure the bag is open at one end for air to get in.
Step 2 – Start the slow curing process by placing your buds in mason jars once it’s dried. Don’t pack them too tight since this may promote mold growth. Keep the lids off until you are ready to start the next step.
Step 3 – Now, you will want to re-introduce moisture back into your weed by making sure your jars are sealed but not airtight at all times until you are ready to go on to the final stage of curing cannabis. This step should be done in a cool, dark place. If the jars seem too dry at first, try closing them for a few hours and then re-opening them. This should help bring some moisture back into your weed.
Step 4 – If you want to take the final step in curing cannabis, leave the jars open for a few days each week until you are satisfied with the results. The slower way requires checking your buds every day, but it will often produce the best results.
How Long Should I Cure My Weed?
The length of time you should leave your marijuana to cure depends on how long it’s been dried before you start this process. If you’ve hung it up to dry for a week or more, try keeping the jar closed for two or three weeks before opening daily to check on its progress.
You will want to cure your marijuana for at least two months as a general rule. Much of the quality of your weed depends on how long you cure it since it will affect taste, smell, appearance, and effects after the final harvest.
What Not To Do With Your Weed Curing:
The biggest mistake you can make is rushing this process. Many marijuana enthusiasts are impatient, but curing does take time. The best thing to do by far is to make sure your weed isn’t exposed to bright lights or temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) for too long since this can all ruin the taste and smell of your weed.
Not only will your weed lose its flavor if it’s dried too quickly, but curing for too short a time can make it less potent. You might get good results curing in a week-old pot, but you are more likely to find that the taste isn’t all that great, and the high is nowhere near as strong as buds that have spent more time in the jars.
You may be tempted to use heat lamps to speed up the drying process, but try to avoid it when curing your weed since this can also damage terpenes (the leading cause of taste and smell). If you need to use the oven or some other heat source, make sure it doesn’t go above 70 Celsius (160 Fahrenheit) and use a fan to blow air across the stove, so it’s not too hot in one spot.
Why is My Weed Cured Too Much?
If you’ve been curing your weed for years, you may have noticed that sometimes when you open a jar of marijuana that has been cured for a long time, it can smell pretty weird. After you’ve taken a few whiffs, it should start to produce a more natural aroma as the air gets to it, but this isn’t always the case.
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