You've spent months nurturing your plants and carefully selecting the best strains. Now that they're ready for harvest, it's time to dry and cure them so they can develop their full flavor and potency.
Why do you need to dry and cure cannabis buds after harvest?
When you grow cannabis, one of the most important things to do is dry and cure your buds. When you harvest your crop, the plant will be covered in a thick layer of sticky resin. This resin contains all kinds of cannabinoids and terpenes that give each strain its unique flavor and effects. You want to preserve these compounds as much as possible so that when you smoke or vape your bud, it tastes good and gets you feeling high and might just like when it was harvested!
What is the difference between drying and curing cannabis?
Drying cannabis is the process of removing moisture from the buds. This can be done either by changing the environment where they're kept, or by hanging them up to dry in a cool, dry place.
Curing involves allowing your cannabis to slowly dry over time by storing it in an airtight container and controlling its humidity level—a practice that's thought to improve its flavour and aroma.
How long should you cure? You should wait at least two weeks after drying before testing for potency via a test kit, such as those made by ProVerde Labs or Exact Sciences. If you notice mould or wet spots on your buds during this time, discard them immediately
How to dry cannabis flowers
When it comes to drying, there are a few important things to keep in mind. The first is that you need a dry, well-ventilated area for the flowers to hang out. If there’s any moisture left in the air after they come out of your jar or bag, it can cause mold and bacteria growth—which will ruin your buds. The second thing is that no heat source should be used during this process; fans and humidifiers are also banned from the room where you're hanging your weed. A dehumidifier can help bring down humidity levels if needed (but don't use one or you'll end up with crispy buds).
Finally: It's important not to leave cannabis flowers out on display when they're drying! That means no window sills with direct sunlight coming through them because those UV rays will burn off some of those precious cannabinoids like THC and CBD before they've had a chance to develop properly (and get stored inside).
How to cure weed
Curing marijuana is the process of drying and storing your weed after harvest. It’s also known as “aging,” and it improves both the taste and scent of buds while removing chlorophyll from them. This means that curing cannabis can help you get rid of green, grassy smells in favor of more pleasant fruity or earthy aromas.
Curing takes place after harvest, when the buds are dry enough to be handled safely (usually 4-6 weeks after flowering has stopped). The best way to do this is by air curing your dried cannabis in an airtight jar (like one made from mason jars), but if you don't have any jars lying around then paper bags work just fine—just make sure that there's no light getting into them!
Don't rush the process
You've taken the time to grow a beautiful and healthy cannabis plant, but if you rush the drying process, your plants will be less potent. It's tempting to take your harvest down from the grow room as soon as they're dry enough to handle. We've all done it—the weight of all those plants is just too much to bear! But if you don't let them properly dry out and cure (typically 2-3 weeks for buds and 6+ weeks for flowers), then all of your hard work will go up in smoke.