Now you’ve successfully harvested your buds from healthy, mature cannabis plants. You may not be familiar with the taste of the marijuana you have just harvested. So how can you make your pot a smokeable product that gives you a high-quality experience? It is important to properly dry and store marijuana.
Pay attention to every detail and take the time you need to do it proper. You should dry your marijuana in a dark, cool place at temperatures of 65 degrees and 40 percent humidity. To get a great result, patience is the key.
This is why you should dry cannabis flowers
The production of cannabinoids will cease after you have harvested the marijuana. From then on, the potency will decrease. These effects will be reduced when you dry your marijuana, which allows the product to retain its potency much more efficiently. The dried marijuana will burn evenly and produce a wonderful smoke. Because all of the water weight is evaporated during drying, this makes it a great smoke.
Many cannabis growers who have been successful remember an early stage in their careers when they were impatient and produced a product that wasn’t very pleasant to smoke. It was likely that they cut, dried, and smoked the cannabis too fast – long before the harvest occurred. It didn’t smoke well because it was mostly water (more than 70%).
This type of marijuana won’t even get your high. The drying process triggers cannabinoids. Patience is the key. Don’t waste your effort and time to get here. Instead, be patient.
Drying Outdoor Cannabis
You probably know that every aspect of growing marijuana is dependent on choosing the best method for you. The same goes for drying your marijuana harvest. Some are quick and easy, while others can be more challenging. Each of these methods can be done by anyone. However, you shouldn’t just choose the easiest one. You must remember patience is the key to success.
Although it’s the slowest, the first is the most efficient and offers the highest return on investment. The final product is simply the best.
To use this method, simply hang the buds upside down. You should do this in a dark, drafty area that is well-ventilated and with sealed windows. The temperature should not exceed 65 degrees. You should ensure that there is adequate air circulation. However, this will mean that the smell can be very strong.
- Security is key to this method. Use a closet or other secure place. When choosing the right place for drying marijuana plants, be careful. Installing a carbon filter to neutralize the smell of marijuana plants dried in your home or in a garden shed is a smart idea.
- A fan or closet in the room will allow for adequate ventilation to prevent mold accumulation. In case of mold developing on one plant, keep them separate. This will prevent it spreading to other plants. You can speed up the process by removing the stems and green leaves. They are the main source of water.
- You should not speed up the drying process by drying your cannabis plants in the sun. This will cause the plants to lose their potency, color, taste, and taste. You could also make them less enjoyable to smoke by drying them in the sun.
- Pay attention to humidity levels in drying rooms. The humidity level should not exceed 30. It is more important to ensure that the air circulates properly if it is humid outside or raining outside.
- This is when mold can grow and ruin your harvest. You will need to make many trips into and out of the drying room so make sure you choose a safe place. This will prevent people from being suspicious or curious about your behavior. If you have large harvests, allow your plants to dry for between ten to fourteen days.
Quick drying cannabis
There is a way to dry your marijuana quickly, if you’re feeling impatient. As with the slower method of drying, hang them upside-down in a dark place. However, instead of leaving the room at the normal temperature, increase the temperature to over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
You will likely need a heater, regardless of whether it is powered by gas or electricity. The room should be well ventilated. You can dry quite a lot of cannabis in a matter of days if you pack your buds tightly.
It is best to wait a week if you are not in a rush. Because marijuana plants are more likely to spread mold if they are dried closer together. The fast drying method can lead to them drying too quickly. Too fast drying can cause buds to become dry and brittle. This will make them taste bad and produce uneven smoke. Due to the higher temperature, the plants could dry at different rates depending on their location in the room. Also, this can lead to uneven products.
You will need to be alert to changes in the environment and how your buds react to them. Always be prepared to adjust as necessary. You can adjust the temperature of the room if the humidity is too high. If you do this correctly, the end result will be excellent.
You can reduce the risks by being patient and drying your marijuana buds for a longer time. For a longer drying time, it is best to dry your buds in a dark and cool place. Patience is the key.
Oven drying (baking) method
You might want to have the best of both, so you can quick-dry some of your crop and use the slower, less risky method for the rest. This allows growers to smoke their product approximately a week earlier than otherwise. This can be done by using an oven.
Take a cookie sheet or an oven tray and bake the buds for 10 minutes at 150 to 200° Fahrenheit (or 65-95° Celsius). Because the water in the buds was active removed and the plant’s chlorophyll didn’t have the time to degrade, the result will be more harsh and less flavorful than those dried by hanging.
It will retain the same potency as other methods, making it an excellent choice for personal use.
This method comes with additional risks. It is important to ensure that it does not burn or dry out, as this could cause irreparable damage. This is a very small risk. You would need to make a big mistake (i.e. To make this happen, heat your oven to over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not dry marijuana in the microwave.
The baking method should not be used as a replacement for other hang-drying methods. This is a great way to test your cannabis buds and to get an idea of the quality. If you are concerned about the quality of your harvest, it can keep you supplied for up to a week.
You must be mindful of mold, regardless of what method you use to dry marijuana. You should keep an eye on the condition of your buds and inspect each one for signs of mold. To prevent further spreading, immediately remove any moldy buds. This can be just as harmful for your plants than any other risk when you actually grow your marijuana.
How to cure Cannabis
Some marijuana growers use curing, but it is not a requirement to ensure a high-quality product. It will change the taste of your weed. You also run the risk of making a wrong decision, as the THC could decay if it is not done correctly.
Not only that, but improper curing would also cause a color change so the weed at the end would look dark brown, which is most often the color of old or dehydrated cannabis.
You have probably never smoked cured cannabis. So why not start? Curing marijuana can be a good idea. It will make the smoke smoother and leave you with a less minty taste than fresh cannabis grown outside. You should also look into tobacco curing if you want to try curing.
But it also will increase preparation time and make the whole process take longer. Most marijuana growers will happily smoke their uncured cannabis.
How to store Cannabis
Are you storing a large crop? This is where there’s a simple solution. It is possible to simply place your cannabis in the freezer. It is also possible to store your cannabis in a cold refrigerator if it is convenient.
A freezer is usually more secure than a fridge because it is less often used and a fridge is more frequently used, which can cause light exposure to your cannabis crops, which can lead to a decrease in THC. You should not use a plastic bag to replace the glass container as it can leak but a plastic container or a tin container for short-term storage.
You can use a plastic container or tin container for short-term storage. You should not store it there for more than a few days.
It is important to seal the container when you store the marijuana long-term. The THC in unsealed containers can cause it to become less potent, which could make it difficult for users to get a high. Leakage in the container can also dry out cannabis, making it less fresh.
Proper storage is crucial if you want your cannabis to taste fresh after one year. This can be achieved by using large buds at the beginning, drying properly and packaging your marijuana well. You will be able take out your marijuana stored for one year and store the newly grown cannabis inside.
Trim before or after harvest
When it comes to trimming, there are two types of people: those who cut the buds from the stalk as soon as they are done and those who wait until the buds have dried before trimming. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages.
Because it is generally faster, wet trimming is very popular. It doesn’t take long for the plant drying. The sugar leaves stick out perpendicularly when the bud is damp. They are therefore easier to trim. The bud curls inwards as it dries and is therefore more difficult to trim. Wet trimming generally gives you a cleaner cut and a neater look to your bud.
The trichomes are still in their natural state and have not hardened into small crystals. This makes them more susceptible to damage. Extra care should be taken to ensure they don’t get destroyed.
You have the option to trim as much or little as you like if you dry trim. You will need to be able to handle all of your plants simultaneously when wet trimming is done. If you think this is too much for you, get a team together and be ready to go.
Dry trimming has the greatest benefit. The sugar leaves protect the buds as they dry and allow the trichomes time to harden. This allows for crystals in high-quality marijuana. Dry trimming can result in a more enjoyable smoking experience with less grassy, hay-like taste.
The decision to either wet or dry trim your buds is ultimately up to you. While wet trimming is faster, dry trimming will improve the quality of your buds. You can only decide which option is best for you.
Some purists wouldn’t dream of using a trimmer, and that’s a valid reason. Trimmers are still available today, but they can chew up the buds and destroy trichomes. Half of the product is wasted. It is important to research the engineering and science behind any bud trimmer before you buy. You want it to process the buds gently and without causing damage.
A trimmer makes it possible to process large quantities of cannabis much faster, and is less likely to become overwhelmed by a pile of product that needs to be cut.
You’ll also be able get away with a smaller staff for processing. Many farmers agree that fewer people are better for security, especially when it comes to your crop.
A trimming machine will give you more consistent results. You can hire a team of hand trimmers to trim your bud. Some will. A bud trimmer will ensure that every flower is handled the same way, so there won’t be any variation in the final result.
The greatest benefit of a trimmer is its cost savings. You will see more savings the larger your weed grows. It takes an average person around a day to trim a pound worth of weed. Depending on the type of trimmer, a machine can trim up to 10 pounds per hour. You can save a lot of money when you consider that one person can run multiple trimmers simultaneously.