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How to Dry and Cure Marijuana?

by Evie kline
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Drying and curing cannabis is an essential part of producing top-quality cannabis flowers. Properly drying and curing your marijuana preserves its cannabinoid and terpene content. Additionally, it also reduces its chlorophyll content. Therefore, a well-done drying and curing will ensure a better flavor and a more aggressive yield.

Drying and curing your marijuana plants is important, but these processes can also be tricky. Poorly executed drying or curing can lead to marijuana with a lackluster flavor, off-flavor, decreased potency, or even mold. So, you may find beautifully designed 10ml bottle boxes of marijuana or CBD tincture but low-quality product inside. But if you are wondering how we can dry and cure your marijuana plants, we are here to help. Read on to learn everything you need to know about drying and curing marijuana.

About the drying and curing process

People often talk about drying and curing as a step in the post-harvest process, but keep in mind that these processes are done separately. They are done consecutively, but each process has slightly different goals and unique steps. Drying and curing are two processes that optimally remove moisture from harvested cannabis plants. We need drying to remove moisture from the outer layers of the cannabis flower.

Then curing is done second to remove moisture within the flower while also ensuring that the flower does not dry out excessively. When done right, drying and curing remove unwanted moisture. This way, it also optimizes the taste, smell, and yield of the marijuana flower. It is very important to remove moisture from cannabis before smoking or storing it.

While the water from a freshly harvested cannabis plant was needed during the growing process, it is not good for smoking. Getting fresh, still-wet cannabis buds to light is a challenge, and even if you can get them to light, wet buds are quite harsh and have little flavor. So the humidity of freshly harvested cannabis is also not good for long-term storage.

Mold and bacteria thrive in darkness and humidity, so it is best not to store wet cannabis buds as they will only serve as a breeding ground for dangerous microorganisms. While removing moisture is the main goal of drying and curing cannabis, top growers know that drying and curing can also make a big difference in terms of quality. Certain methods of drying and curing will preserve terpenes.

These methods enhance the flavor and aroma of your flower and reduce chlorophyll, which is responsible for the undesirable “vegetable” taste in some lower-quality types of cannabis. Expert drying, curing, and storage methods can also ensure that the cannabinoids in the cannabis flower are preserved, so you don’t lose any of its valuable THC or CBD content.

How to dry marijuana

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There are two cannabis growing strategies for trimming cannabis flowers from harvested marijuana: dry trimming and wet trimming. With the dry trimming method, you first dry the plants and cut off the buds. With the wet trimming method, you trim the buds from “wet” plants that are not yet dry, and then dry the buds. Depending on your preferred method, you’ll need to use a slightly different drying technique. However, the general drying process will be the same.

Whether you are cutting dry or wet, you need to have your cannabis in the same condition. Harvested cannabis should be dried in a dark room at about 60 degrees Fahrenheit and 55 to 60 percent humidity. You can measure the heat and humidity in your room with a hygrometer.

If you need to adjust your room’s temperature or humidity levels, you can do so by using an air conditioning unit, heater, humidifier, and dehumidifier. In addition to keeping your drying room at a certain temperature and humidity, you need to move the airflow in your room, which you can do by using a small fan. You shouldn’t blow air directly onto your weed, as this could dry it out too quickly. You want to promote fresh air circulation in your room.

Timing is a key element in the drying process, but your ideal drying time may vary depending on whether you’re trimming dry or wet.

How to dry cannabis when dry cutting

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Using the dry-cut method, you will dry your cannabis by hanging the cut branches upside down on a drying line. Hanging the branches of the marijuana plant upside down helps the flowers maintain good shape as they dry. When you hang your branches, make sure you don’t create crowded conditions. Leave some space between the branches to allow airflow.

Once you hang your branches, let them slowly dry in their temperature and humidity-controlled drying room. How long does it take to dry cannabis? Generally, the drying of cannabis branches takes between 7 and 10 days. Slowly drying your cannabis, rather than trying to speed up. The process with higher temperatures and lower humidity, is extremely important to the quality of your final product.

Exposing your marijuana to even slightly dry or slightly hot temperatures can have a dramatic impact on the quality of your flower, as dry or hot conditions can degrade both cannabinoids and terpenes. Keep in mind that many growers cut all the fan leaves off their marijuana plant at harvest time before hanging them up to dry, while others leave some fan leaves on their branches for the drying process.

It is because leaving fan leaves on harvested cannabis branches can slow down drying time. Whether you think that would be advantageous or not is up to you. Check for dryness periodically throughout the drying process. The drying process ends when the flower feels dry outside, and the stems break. Glass bottles are the best option to save your flowers and branches. Then you can pack these bottles in bottle packaging boxes and can move these bottles easily from one place to another.

Once the cannabis flower is dry, do the final trimming. Trim remaining fan leaves and sugar leaves. Keep the sugar leaves as they contain trichomes and can us to make concentrates or infusions. Then take your dried cannabis buds and go ahead with the curing process.

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