Curing marijuana buds is the process that allows the buds to dry slowly and the first week of cannabis curing will greatly affect the potency of your marijuana buds. How to collect, dry, cure and store cannabis seeds There are different opinions and methods about storing your seeds for a long term – in frizzer, refrigerator or room temperature. After Read on to find out more about drying and curing of cannabis. Find out some tips from the professionals and avoid the most common rookie mistakes
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Curing marijuana buds is the process that allows the buds to dry slowly and the first week of cannabis curing will greatly affect the potency of your marijuana buds. In some areas around the world, people cure buds for 2 – 4 months before use.
Buds that are cured well have more potency than buds that have not been cured or have been cured for only a short time. Many times, after a grower has dried their buds in a growing room, the buds will appear to be dry but still contain moisture. When these buds are placed in an airtight jar or container they will be moist and soft. If this occurs you will need to re-dry your buds before cannabis curing.
If you are going to be curing that are still attached to their dried stem, you will want to either cut them off the buds stem or cut them to lengths less than 12 inches (30 cm) before you place them into an airtight container. These buds in the container will even out in moisture content from one bud to another and some growers will leave the stems attached to the buds when cannabis curing.
“Snapping” & Bending Stems
If the stems fold instead of snapping when you bend them and buds are still moist then remove them from the container they are in and place them into a paper bag to be dried. If buds seem to have additional moisture you will want to leave them in the container with the lid off to let the excess moisture escape.
Be sure to check the cannabis curing containers several times a day during the first week or so of curing. Once the buds are dried evenly throughout, they are ready to seal in an airtight container and put in storage.
Exact conditions that are best for drying
|1. Temperature||65 – 75° F (18 – 24° C)|
|2. Humidity||45% – 55%|
|5. Leaves||Remove at harvest|
|6. Manicured Buds||Hang until dry|
Packaging and Storing
When packaging and storing marijuana, you will want to have them stored in an airtight container environment since this will help to preserve the aroma, taste, and potency of your buds. Using a vacuum sealer to remove all of the air in glass jars, bags, etc. are great things to do before storing them in a refrigerator.
Refrigeration of buds will slow down the decomposition of the buds. If the container that you are using is not airtight and is placed in the refrigerator, the buds will be exposed to higher levels of humidity which is not good for your buds.
You can store your cured buds in other areas that are dark and cool. Many times growers will place them in a cool, dark place in the basement, a dark room, cabinet or even bury them underground in a water-tight container.
If you are going to be harvesting seed crops, you will harvest them when they are big and ripe. Ripe marijuana seeds have a tiger stripe appearance with dark brown and black colors.
Seeds that are very light and white in color are not mature seeds or did not properly develop. And seeds that are the ripest start to break out of the female flower and showing hints of seed color.
Once a female plant is pollinated, the female’s energy is redirected from flower production to seed production. Seed are fully matured within six (6) to eight (8) weeks into the blooming period.
Many home breeders collect male pollen and use a paintbrush to dip into the male pollen to spread across a few branches of a female plant. This is only if they want to be able to produce seeds while keeping the rest of their garden full of sinsemilla flowers.
When you are storing seeds it is best to store them in airtight containers that are less than 8% humidity that is placed in dark and dry areas. You can remove all seeds that are not developed by picking out white and discolored seeds to discard them.
By finger testing your seeds you can identify healthier seeds from seeds that are not fully developed. Healthy seeds have a hard outer cask and will not break easily under the pressure of two fingers pressing the seed together while seeds that are underdeveloped have the tendency to break under your fingers pressure.
By keeping the healthiest seeds from your harvest it will help to ensure a higher germination rate when you decide to plant them.
During your harvesting period, you have the ability to rejuvenate a harvested female by leaving several of the lower underdeveloped branches and keeping the foliage and branches in-tact. You can rejuvenate this female back into a vegetative state by giving her an 18/6 day/night photoperiod.
This will stop the plant from blooming and the plant will revert back to the vegetative state. By giving a cannabis plant(s) an increased dose of nitrogen fertilizer will help her to begin growing more green leafy foliage, speeding up the process.
Keep in mind that the longer the female plant has been in the blooming cycle the harder and longer it will be to change her back into a vegetative cycle. After four (4) to six (6) weeks of the plant is under the vegetative light the plant will be reverted back to a vegetative state.
You may let this plant grow as much as you would like to take clones or re-bloom.
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How to collect, dry, cure and store cannabis seeds
There are different opinions and methods about storing your seeds for a long term – in frizzer, refrigerator or room temperature.
After harvest, seeds continue to develop during drying and curing and if you pull them out fresh and quickly dried without some more dry and cure they don’t germinate very well. After harvest trim slightly and dump the buds in a humidor box for 12-14 hours for initial cure to even their humidity and prepare for slow dry. Then put them in brown bags for 2-3 days to dry a bit (usually moisture decreases significantly for that time) and then move them back to the humidor box to continue slow dry and cure for about 7-10 days.
When RH is about 63-65% inside the humidor and buds are ready for jarring, mature seeds start falling off. At this point start pulling out the seeds gently and chopping the buds on small bits. When all seeds are out, DRY THE HUMIDOR BOX VERY WELL AFTER BUDS ARE JARRED AND PUT THE SEEDS BACK. The point is seeds to dry on lower RH.
So about a month after harvest usually have 99.99% germination rate and store seeds properly tagged in plastic vials with some rice in the frizzer in air-tight containers. Make sure to remove all small bits vegetable matter and grade your seed before storing them.
SHORTLY: DON’T DRY CANNABIS SEEDS QUICKLY and don’t store them immediately after harvest.
The best ways to dry and cure cannabis.
One of the most underrated aspects of cannabis cultivation is the importance of drying and curing your cannabis well. Many passionate cannabis home growers work hard to identify the best cannabis seeds, the best LED grow lights and nutrition regime only to let themselves down with a substandard dry and cure. This can make the whole experience of vaping/smoking a great disappointment. Read on to find out more about the best ways to improve your cannabis drying and curing techniques.
Drying and curing has a massive affect on the vape/smoke quality
If you have ever opened a jar of well cured and dried buds you will instantly be greeted by a rich, pleasing aroma. Those all-important terpenes which help modulate the cannabis high should be retained in the buds. The buds themselves will often feel sticky as you squeeze them. They will retain a certain squashiness and release their intoxicating aroma as you squeeze them. Well cured buds have lost enough water to allow them to stay potent in the jar for a year or two without the threat of mold. The buds will have retained a high terpene level allowing you to enjoy a deep satisfying vape. A well managed drying and curing is the icing on the cake after a successful cannabis grow. Try to do it too fast and you risk losing aroma and taste. But if you follow some simple guidelines and optimise them you will be able to master the art of perfectly dried and cured cannabis. Correctly dried and cured cannabis can last many years with minimal loss of potency,
Timing your cannabis harvest
Most cannabis connoisseurs will already have an idea of whether they prefer their cannabis harvested slightly early, slightly late or somewhere in the middle. This is easy to do, simply label samples of your harvest, dry/cure them identically and find out which you prefer. Now you can start the drying/curing process with some knowledge about the best moment to harvest your plant
Starting to harvest your cannabis plant
Many people start by removing branches from the main plant. Often people find it easiest to remove (or ‘trim’) the leaves off at this stage before they get dry and crispy later. If you have grown from good quality feminized cannabis seeds or autoflower seeds you should find plenty of resin on the leaves and trim material. Many growers save the trim and use it to make hash or cannabis concentrates later. Some larger growers have invested in automatic trimming machines. These are a great convenience, though they are often several thousand Dollars/Euro’s. They are used as a labor-saving device by large legal growers.
The trimmed branches are often hung from a wire or a coat hanger in a gentle, light breeze e.g. from a small desk fan. Ensure that the branches don’t touch each other. This allows the buds to dry out an at even rate, which allows you precise control over the drying time. Many growers like to keep the drying process in complete darkness to prevent degradation of the THC. A convenient place to dry your cannabis plants is in the grow tent with air extraction and a carbon filter. A temperature of around 20ºC (around 70ºF) is good. A general philosophy is that slow and steady drying will lose less terpenes than drying done quickly at higher temperatures.
Drying your cannabis will cause a powerful aroma which can be smelt from some distance away, so be sure to take proper precautions and always have a carbon filter to clean the waste air. To allow the slow control which comes from an un-rushed drying process many people use air conditioning to maintain temperatures around 20ºC (70ºF). Humidity should be kept from getting too high, around 50% allows a steady drying process.
One drying tip is to start at 60% for the first few days, slowly working your way down to 55% again for a few days. After a week (max 10 days) set your dehumidifier to 50% to dry the buds a little further. As soon as the branches start to snap (or almost snap) this is a sign that the buds on those branches are just about ready to put into the jars. Check for similar sized branches, remove buds and place in the jar. Note that the biggest flowers often take a day or two longer to dry. Some cannabis growers use drying racks to dry their buds. They remove all the buds from the branches and spread them out to dry on shelves made from netting.
Optimised cannabis drying
How quickly the cannabis dries depends on local ambient humidity and temperatures. Cannabis connoisseurs never rush the drying and curing. A mindful, slow and measured approach delivers the best results. Only an inexperienced grower would dry their cannabis on a radiator or in a microwave and hope for high quality results.
Usually the drying process takes around a week, sometimes longer. In order to slow the drying process down a little, some people removes the buds from the branches and put them into brown paper envelopes for a few days. They use brown paper because it is unbleached yet permeable enough to allow moisture to slowly escape. When the smaller branches are dry enough to snap, many growers decide the residual humidity is low enough to start curing the buds. At this stage the outside of the buds will feel a little bit ‘crunchy’.
Curing removes the last traces of moisture. This is important if the buds are to last several months, or even a year or two, without going moldy. During curing the buds develop the full aroma and taste which adds so much pleasure to the eventual consumption. Proper drying and curing of cannabis is one of the most over-looked aspects of cannabis supply. Black market producers in particular pay very little attention to drying/curing. That’s one of the main reasons people prefer to grow their own cannabis, they can easily exceed the quality levels of local street weed.
How to cure cannabis easily
As the cannabis buds approach curing they have lost most, but not all, of their moisture. The final curing stage is the final, and arguably the most important part of cannabis supply. Often people use glass jars. Plastic is less preferred since it can be softened/dis-colored by the sticky resin on the buds. The well trimmed buds are placed in the glass jars leaving a centimetre or two at the top of the jar. The jars are sealed, and left in the dark. The jars are then unsealed once (or perhaps twice) a day to allow any moisture to be released. Some people refer to this as ‘burping’ the jars. Two or three weeks is considered a minimum cure time. Many connoisseurs feel that curing is complete after around a month or two. The cured buds will vape with a clean flavor and no ‘chlorophyll’ taste. Once your buds are fully cured you may prefer to store them in a freezer to fully preserve potency and ensure no degradation. Don’t store them in a high temperature environment (e.g. a warm loft space) if you want the best long term storage.
Controlling humidity when storing your buds
No-one wants to open their jars to find that the buds have mold because they were put in the jar before being sufficiently dry. Likewise, you don’t want to open your jar of prized buds to find that they are too dry and crispy, with poor taste and aroma. Buds that are too dry can feel like they are several years old and can have a harsh effect when vaped/smoked. When you open your jars you want to have premium quality buds, with optimized potency, a well cured aroma and a fresh taste. One way to achieve this is with humidity control sachets from companies like Boveda or Integra. These sachets release moisture if your buds are too dry, or they absorb moisture if the buds are damp. You can select different products from these companies. From Boveda we recommend the ’58% Humidity’ sachets. From Integra we recommend the ’55% humidity’ packs.
From growing the best cannabis seeds to curing the buds
One of the benefits of growing your own cannabis from feminized seeds/autoflowering cannabis seeds is that you can fully control and optimise each step. From buying the best cannabis seeds online, to cultivating them with the best LED grow lights. Best of all, you can dry and cure your own buds giving them that uniquely rich taste and aroma that is simply impossible to get on badly cured street weed.