See how to dry and cure cannabis

your guide to drying curing bud

Cultivation

If you are a grower, you may have wondered a few times how to conduct the process of curing and drying your plants, even because time and resources were spent for months and at the very end of the cultivation, the shuttlecock cannot fall. All the care taken during the growing season and flowering is essential, but the quality of your flower also depends on the healing and drying of the buds.

Cure

The cure is essential to guarantee a better-tasting marijuana, with greater effect and also less aggressive to the lungs. There are theories that say that with an adequate healing process, certain aspects of the psychotropic characteristics of smoking can be varied.

In the final stage of the plant’s development, it increases its resin production. And it is precisely in the resin where cannabinoid psychotropic drugs are found, among many other components. The main cannabinoids found in this stage are:

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA)
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)

It is important to note that the effects caused by these cannabinoids are approximate, considering that each person has a different reaction. If you want to know more about them, click here

Drying

In practice, this process is very simple to understand: throughout the cultivation, the plant is watered countless times, which means that at the end of the process, it is necessary to dehydrate the flowers in order to allow carburization.

But more than that, drying is responsible for transforming THCA into THC. And then you can ask yourself why this is important. THCA only has 10% of THC’s psychoactive power.

Optimal drying is achieved as follows:

 

  • Cut the stem of the plant and hang it upside down without cutting any leaves. In doing so, the leaves end up covering the buds delicately, protecting them from any external manipulation. Remember that crystals and resins are fragile, so the less you move, the better.
  • Keep your plant in the dark, in a ventilated (but not windy) and dry environment … The ideal temperature is between 18o and 22o. It is important not to let the temperature go over 30o, as this greatly accelerates the conversion of THC into CBN, and then we will have a very pleasing and low euphoric smoke.
  • Drying is a slow process, you can’t be in a hurry. If you are in the drought, buy paranga, but never speed up the process. NEVER use ovens or hair dryers, because it makes you waste your marijuana
  • You can see that the process is complete in two ways: when the weight of everything reaches 25% of the initial or when trying to fatten the branch… If it breaks and is dry inside, it’s time to finish drying.
  • Do not let it dry too much, as a minimum of moisture (about 10% of the weight in water). This moisture is necessary for the curing process. But don’t make it too humid so you don’t run the risk of mold. At the end of the whole process, manicure the plant, removing unnecessary leaves and branches.

Cure

In this step, chlorophyll (which gives marijuana a bad taste and “gets in the throat”) and other components must decompose. The correct cure greatly improves the taste and aroma of the smoke.

The decomposition of chlorophyll takes about 60 days, and the transformation of other essential oils that give the flowers their aroma, takes place in 90 days. Thus, a complete healing process takes about three months. But don’t worry, in 50 days you can get an excellent smoke.

Unfortunately in this process, part of the THC oxidizes, becoming CBN. Marijuana loses some of its euphoric psychoactivity, but it gains a lot in terms of flavor. During the cure, countless chemical reactions take place in the buds, just make an analogy to the rotting apple, even after it is ripe and harvested. The ideal healing process is a combination of personal taste, environmental conditions and logical, plant genetics.

But like drying, curing has a step by step:

  • Store the buds in an airtight, opaque container, preferably glass, with rubber-sealed lids. As the glasses are translucent, place the pot in a cardboard box or closed cabinet, with no light.
  • It is important that the glass is half full, with only loose buds. Thus, we will have O2 in the container, necessary for the cure.
  • Buds that catch light may end up developing anaerobic microorganisms, which wear out the final product. If you leave the flowers with oxygen at will, they will age.
  • Once a week, open the jar and shake the buds. But close again right away. This procedure is important to renew O2 and contribute to the breakdown of chlorophyll.

Open the glass to remove only the amount of smoke you are going to consume during the week and then close. Another option is to store small amounts of marijuana in black film packaging. Freezing is NOT a good option, because in spite of slowing the rate of cannabinoid degradation, it ends up dehydrating the smoke and damaging the molecules that give it aroma and flavor.

So don’t forget: the last stage of your cultivation process (drying and curing) has to be done carefully. But as complicated as it may seem, just follow these steps and there is no mistake. Good harvests in 2020!

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