As most marijuana cultivators begin their new crop praying to nurture healthy productive plants that deliver fat, chronic flower. Most marijuana cultivators understand that each crop involves months and months of hard work, from selecting the many cannabis varieties, to understanding the vegetative growth cycles, the specific flowering nutrients, understanding when it has hit full maturity — and of course, our favorite part harvesting.
Once all of your laborious efforts, commitment and waiting for the day of reckoning, jittery when it will finally arrives. Bye now it is far too late to rectify any mistakes that may have been made during the vegetative cycle, or the flower cycle. That being said it is not too late to bring out the best flavor and the most elevated high, which your product can produce, all by deploying a controlled atmosphere for your drying and curing process.
How you dry your marijuana is as important, as how you grow it. Sloppy drying technics tend to ruin and or downgrade… even the best marijuana grown from great marijuana genetics.
When one talks about drying marijuana, it is important to understand, that this stage is as important as the cultivation process; and once a bad drying technique has been deployed… it can ruin the flavor of even the best genetics. When one talks about drying cannabis what they are actually referring to is reducing the water content by dehydrating the flowers of the marijuana plant, so that their moisture content is somewhere between 10 to 15%. This of course is dependent on the desired snap of the final stock and flower of your product.
Anyone that it’s purchased copious amounts of their favorite chronic, from any of the local medical marijuana collectives, has probably noticed that not all Commercial marijuana growers cure their hard earned crops. Sometimes it seems they hardly even dry it, before they sell it, let alone cure it. While curing can tend to add a few extra days to the process, thus frustrating a lot of growers who are looking for a quick influx of cash; a well cured marijuana crop is an extremely necessary step towards attaining the highest and best potential quality in their medical marijuana.
For the experienced grower, the curing process is hands-down the most important step; next to providing proper nutrients in the amount of hours of light per day.
As many ways as there are to make coffee… there are too dry and cure your marijuana. But the method that seems to be most deployed is the use of a room that is climate controlled. Your curing room should be well lit with a green spectrum florescence, or LED light, using this specific spectrum will not affect the plant and its flavor, yet aids in the proper temperature and moisture. In regards to the humidity and temperature of the curing room one must make sure that it is constantly maintained, controlled and adjusted, so that the temperature and humidity remain a constant.
Your ideal curing room would be relatively void of any moisture, thereby allowing approximately 90% of the marijuana buds to lose their water through evaporation for the bud first three or four days.
Once the initial moisture content has been evaporated, it will then be time to slow the drying process down. In order to achieve and maintain a proper rate of evaporation the ideal temperature range would be approximately 68°F, along with a relative humidity of approximately 55%. With this temperature and humidity percentage you will receive flowers that lose roughly 30 to 40% of their overall water weight. Once you have hit these milestones, it is now important that the temperature in your drying room be lowered approximately 4° down to 64°F, this will aid to slow the curing process. This allows the chlorophyll to decompose and the starches to be consumed. If the flowers dry too quickly more of the chlorophyll will remain noticeable in your flower and at exhale.
While the “taste” of your hard earned chronic is not the only variable, that is immediately affected by the curing and drying; the way in which you will feel the plants effect will also be determined in how you curer your weed. The longer your flowers are dried, the more THC will degrade into a CBN and CBD cannabinoids. How many times have we found a wonderful looking flower only to find a huge variance in its effect? The difference between drying your crop 14 days, versus only 10, would not be overly noticeable to the uneducated gardener, but these four days are capable of creating a world of cannabinoid difference to the marijuana connoisseur, or a needy patient.