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.
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:
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
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:
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:
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!