Every cannabis seeds grower waits with anticipation for the final stage of his growth – the harvest. It takes several weeks and many hours of hard work from the time you buy marijuana seeds to the moment when you can savor the taste of your home-grown weed. However, after you harvest the outcome of the pot seeds you planted, you need to properly dry and cure the buds. These last duties are of much importance and will influence the quality of your marijuana. Properly dried weed will keep its THC level on the highest possible for the cultivated marijuana seeds types, if you fail to do so your buds will lose their potency. The following article will look into the process of drying and curing and give you some guidelines and tips to help you do it the right way.
After cutting the plants, the cannabis buds should be left to dry. You might ask, what for? The plant consists in 70 to 75 percent of water, so drying evaporates what’s not needed. Furthermore, the drying process also transforms THC into its psychoactive state. The plant should undergo this process evenly to provide good aroma and taste. Fast drying will result in bad taste and the weed will burn unevenly. To dry the plant, we should either cut the entire plant or split it into branches, then hang it upside down on a line in a cool dark place. The drying environment should be kept at 50 to 60 percent relative humidity and a temperature of 15 to 21 degrees. The drying room should also be properly ventilated so installing some air fans is a must. Also, a good idea is to install a thermometer with a built-in humidity sensor. Remember to check the drying plant and the thermometer daily, to monitor any signs of mold or mildew that may endanger your harvest. Another good tip is not to cramp the plants together, there should be ample space so that the air can smoothly get everywhere.
Drying may take anything from 2 to 6 weeks depending on the external environment and the size of the marijuana plant. If you are not sure whether your plant is completely dried, you should lightly bend the buds. The plant is ready if the stem inside snaps, otherwise it means that there is still a lot of water in it and your plant needs to be dried longer.
When your plants are ready you should go to step number two, namely curing. But before that you should trim your plant by cutting off the leaves (cut them off by the stem) and removing the buds from the branch. Now, you have the actual yield of your weed seeds. However, even though on the outside they look dry, there is still some water inside. That’s what the curing process is for. You should gently put your buds inside an air-tight jar or any other sealed container and close it. After 2 to 4 hours the moisture left in the bud should spread evenly and the buds will look even drier. If not, transfer the buds from the container to a brown paper bag and fold the bag. A couple times a day you should mix the buds gently so every side dries properly. The next day return the buds to the air-tight container and check the next day whether they are dry. If it doesn’t work for the first time, repeat the paper bag method until your weed is fully dried. Your goal then is to check the buds everyday and open the lids for 5 to 10 minutes, so the air can exchange and the moisture can leave the jar. Besides, check for any signs of mold or mildew, if you find some traces remove the infected buds from the jar. After 7 to 14 days you seal tightly your container and put it in a cool, dark place. A good solution is fridge, but it should be remembered that it is a humid place so your container has to be perfectly sealed, otherwise your weed will be consumed by mold and mildew. Never use the freezer as a temperature lower than 0 can harm the resin glands. Nevertheless, after another 2 weeks you can take out your marijuana and you are ready for consumption. But the longer you keep it curing the better flavor you get. Growers test if their buds are ready by trying to break in half the middle stem in the bud. If it goes down without problems then feel free to sit down, fire up and enjoy what the taste.
For those who can’t wait to try out the results of their cannabis seeds, there are some fast drying techniques. They will produce marijuana of lesser quality, both in taste and potency, but you do not have to wait for such a long time. The techniques include drying weed on a radiator, using a microwave or silica gel packs, that will suck out the water. Those methods are not recommended and, in general, should be avoided. After all, you buy marijuana seeds from a seedbank to get the best quality weed possible, speeding up the last process after many tedious days of tending the plants and possibly ruining your harvest is the last thing you want.