Pro Tips: Curing Cannabis
More and more cannabis enthusiasts are educating themselves on what fantastic finished product looks and smells like. The true indicator of superior cannabis is in the cure. Cannabis connoisseurs know this.
With an increase of legal cultivators flooding into new markets, these growers must produce exceptional product to appeal to the most discerning tastes.
The cannabis world is learning quickly that the true secret to fuller, more potent, and more enjoyable buds is all in the cure. As legal cannabis cultivation has expanded, curing has advanced to keep up with demand.
The curing process begins even before the harvest. For the cultivator who harvests product with care, a solid humidity control strategy is the way to go. Throughout the cultivation process, humidity in the air must be kept as consistent as possible to produce the highest quality flowers.
Step 1: Control the Environment
As a cannabis grower, you can control the environment if you’re adaptable. Choose the best grow operation based on your climate (and local laws, of course), such as:
Many growers prefer a hydroponic system, which lets you easily adjust the humidity level indoors. Other cultivators prefer a greenhouse setting where natural light can shine in while moisture levels can be contained. Either way, it’s a lot of work to regulate an internal environment every day. The best cultivators strive for perfection in every possible area of grow.
Step 2: Harvest & Dry Promptly
It doesn’t matter if it’s grown indoors or outdoors; the flavors and aromas of professionally grown cannabis exist thanks to modern humidity control. The finished product in your jar has been through a long and painstaking journey! Growing cannabis is more than simply planting seeds and waiting for them to grow.
Several vital steps don’t take place until after the harvest, such as:
- Cutting and hanging plant limbs to dry
- Trimming old growth off of the flowers
- Curing, which dries and prepares the flower for packaging, retail and eventually consumption
Perhaps the most important and overlooked part of cultivation is knowing when to harvest the plants. Here’s where things get tricky for cultivators: Harvesting too early could negatively affect the potency of your finished flower; letting the flowers sit too long on the plant could cause them to prematurely dry out. Know the growing cycle by heart — it’s the sign of a truly skilled grower.
After harvest, cannabis flower should be dried for three to seven days in a humidity-controlled environment. You want the moisture to evaporate slowly, so the buds don’t become too dry. After this initial drying process, flower should always be cured in special airtight containers (which we recommend including Boveda packs with).
Step 3: Store with Care
Grain and produce growers go to great lengths to keep their harvests fresh long after they reach their final destination. The same should be true for high-grade cannabis flowers. Odds are, freshly cured cannabis isn’t consumed right away. En route to a retail space, buds must be properly stored until they are purchased. The loss of flavors and aromas, quality and potency, and even the valuable weight of cannabis buds are most frequent in post-harvest storage.
The easiest way to get the product from Point A to Point B isn’t necessarily the best way.
- Product should never be carelessly stored in plastic bags or jars without proper humidity control.
- To maintain freshness, prevent moisture damage, and eliminate over drying, store cannabis in containers that have dark, airtight closures (which we again recommend Boveda packs for).
No matter how long it’s been since the harvest, a solid cure will ensure a quality product that leaves your consumer wanting more.
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About the Author
Roni Stetter is a professional in the cannabis industry who has been touched personally by the plant. She has used it as part of a healthy pain management routine since 2010, and since that day has worked hard to educate the world about the positive physical, mental and societal effects of legalized cannabis.