How to dry marijuana, what is the difference between the drying and curing process, how does it affect our buds to perform these processes incorrectly... We are in a sea of doubts, but only for the moment.
We immediately start to answer all these questions, but without having answered any of them, we can already draw the first conclusion: The cultivation process does not end once we have harvested, after this moment there is still a lot at stake.
For all this, we explain you how to dry a cannabis plant and what should be its curing process.
To be able to answer the first question, the first thing we must be clear about is the differences between drying and curing marijuana. What is the distinction?
Differences between drying and curing marijuana
Since we collect the crop, until the buds are ready, we basically have to do two things: evaporate the water from these buds and remove a considerable percentage of chlorophyll.
Surely you have already realized this. If we have two objectives and we are talking about two different processes... right. In drying we are going to remove moisture from the pot bud, while the curing process primarily serves to cause it to lose chlorophyll.
What happens if we don't dry and cure our buds or we do it incorrectly? Surely you have ever had a sensation that mixes unpleasantness with a flavor that is practically tasteless. If this has happened to you and you have wondered about the cause... you have just discovered it.
Tips for drying marijuana correctly
How to dry marijuana plants? Once it is already cut and you have done the manicuring process, you just have to hang it (facing the ground) on any thread such as a clothesline. Forget about closed spaces, they have to be aerated homogeneously, the more natural, the better. But what are the main keys?
Humidity, temperature and light. These are the three definitive factors in the drying of a marijuana plant.
We explain how to control them:
- The relative humidity of the room where the plant is being dried should be between 55% and 60%. This is the ideal percentage, although if you go out (but minimally) of this spectrum, it can also work.
- The ideal temperature for this process is around 18 degrees. As we have just explained in the previous case, this can change, but anything higher than 24 degrees or less than 15 degrees. It can spoil all the previous work.
- Light must be avoided at all costs. Both in this moment in which we are drying the marijuana and in the later curing the plants have to be in the dark.
- If you let it dry excessively, there is no turning back: We have started the post saying that we dry the marijuana so that it loses the humidity. Yes, but not all of it. When the curing is finished, the humidity has to reach at least 25%, therefore, when we are drying the bud we should leave it approximately a percentage of humidity of 30%, because in the later curation the bud is also going to lose some water.
Just by holding the buds you will know if they have dried too much. You will notice that they are now smaller (up to here everything is normal, the water takes up space). But if you notice that they are cracking, you have overdried it. Yes, fatal mistake, but you can still fix it, at least a little bit.
How? Very simple, give them moisture. For example, with boxes that include a controller to correct excess dryness. Let's not fool ourselves, the result will never be as good as getting it right the first time. But at least we will get out of trouble.
Surely your question now is: when do I know when the buds are dry enough? Let's find out.
How long does marijuana take to dry?
No hurry, this is more or less the summary of what you are about to read. First of all, let's rule out a time of less than ten days. Also, size, in this case, matters. Bigger buds will need more days. But what is the definitive test that tells me that the marijuana has already dried?
If when you grab the stem you are able to bend it without any problems and you see that it makes the slightest crackle, the time has come. Yes, it is as simple as that.
How to cure marijuana buds
We already know that this is the point where we need to extract the chlorophyll from the buds, but there is another key that we haven't discussed yet that also depends on this process.
Both terpenes and cannabinoids have to mature during the curing process. What does this mean? Well, it means that part of the THC that we currently have in an acid state becomes a purely psychoactive component during the practice that we are going to explain to you right now:
First of all, remember that we have to remain in the dark. Yes, we already said it at the beginning, but just in case. You must keep the buds in jars of a considerable size and with a fairly wide opening. For example, the typical glass jars that we use for preserves.
But if you go for the perfection, try curing your crop in a wooden box. Why this material? Very easy: it absorbs humidity perfectly and creates an ideal climate. Surely, if we talk about flavor, plastic concentrates it better. But to achieve this goal we will store the marijuana in containers of this material once we have finished with this process. All in good time!
In the curing process patience is still the key: most say that this stage takes a month, but if we extend the period up to two months, from Delicious Seeds we assure you that you will notice it.
You have to fill the jar to cover a little more than ¾ parts, close it tightly and open it momentarily as the days go by. During the first week we will open it once or even twice a day, in the second week we will repeat the process three times (in a staggered way), do not open it three times in the same day! And from here on, only once a week.
It is not just a matter of ventilating them, but also of keeping an eye on them. If you see any mildew, remove the bud quickly so that the humidity does not spread.
The main mistake: Using tricks to finish sooner
We don't really want to hear about the tricks to speed up the processes we just explained, mostly because these have become the most common mistakes. During the drying process, focus on looking for the best place, once you have it, forget about gadgets to remove moisture faster. Neither ventilators, nor dehumidifiers.
In the same way, do not lock the buds before time. The drying of the marijuana must be done in the open air. We can continue with infinite advice, but until we start with the process, we don't know anything 100%.
And if you have any other questions or need any advice, you know that from Delicious Seeds we are at your disposal.