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How to Properly Dry and Cure Your Cannabis Harvest

Cannabis cultivation is a rewarding process, but it doesn't end when you harvest the plants. In fact, the drying and curing process is an essential step in ensuring that the final product is of high quality. Proper drying and curing preserve the flavor, aroma, and potency of the cannabis, while also reducing the risk of mold and bacteria growth. In this article, we will guide you through the proper techniques for drying and curing your cannabis harvest.

Preparing the Harvest for Drying​

Before you begin the drying process, you need to prepare your cannabis plants. The first step is to carefully trim away the leaves, as they can harbor moisture and lead to mold growth. Here's how to prepare your harvest for drying:

  1. Cut the branches off the main stem, leaving enough stem to hang the branches upside down.
  2. Remove the large fan leaves, as they contain minimal trichomes and can promote mold growth.
  3. Trim the smaller sugar leaves, which contain trichomes and can be saved for making cannabis concentrates.

Choosing the Ideal Drying Environment​

The environment in which you dry your cannabis plays a significant role in the final product's quality. To create the ideal drying environment, consider the following factors:

Temperature​

Aim for a temperature between 60-70°F (15-21°C). Lower temperatures can result in slow drying, while higher temperatures can cause the terpenes to evaporate, leading to a less flavorful and aromatic product.

Humidity​

Maintain a relative humidity (RH) between 45-55%. Higher humidity levels can promote mold growth, while lower levels can cause the buds to dry too quickly, affecting the quality of the final product.

Air Circulation​

Ensure proper air circulation by using oscillating fans to keep the air moving. However, avoid pointing the fans directly at the hanging branches, as this can cause the buds to dry unevenly.

Darkness​

Keep your drying space dark, as light exposure can degrade cannabinoids and terpenes, leading to a less potent and flavorful final product.

Drying Your Cannabis Harvest​

Once you've prepared your cannabis and created the ideal drying environment, it's time to hang the branches upside down. Space them out evenly to promote airflow and prevent mold. The drying process should take about 7-14 days, depending on the density of the buds and the environmental conditions.

You'll know the cannabis is dry when the stems snap rather than bend when you apply pressure. At this point, the outer portion of the buds should feel dry to the touch, while the inner portion still contains some moisture.

Curing Your Cannabis Harvest​

Proper curing further enhances the quality of the cannabis by allowing the remaining moisture to evenly distribute throughout the buds. To cure your cannabis, follow these steps:

  1. Trim the buds from the branches and place them in airtight glass jars, filling them about ¾ full to allow for air circulation.
  2. Store the jars in a cool, dark location. The ideal temperature for curing is between 60-70°F (15-21°C), with a humidity level between 60-65%.
  3. Open the jars once a day for the first week to release any built-up moisture and replenish the oxygen. This process is called "burping." After the first week, burp the jars once every few days for the next two weeks.
  4. Continue curing your cannabis for a total of 4-8 weeks. The longer you cure, the more the flavor, aroma, and potency will develop.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your cannabis harvest is properly dried and cured, resulting in a high-quality product that you can enjoy. Remember, patience is key during this process, as rushing through the drying and curing stages can significantly impact the final product's quality.
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