Yo, what up my fellow cannabis cultivators? It’s ya boy Dan here, and today we’re gonna talk about the final stage of growing weed – curing. This is where the magic happens, where your buds go from average to top-shelf status. So sit back, roll up a fatty, and let’s learn how to cure your weed like a boss.
First things first, let’s talk about what curing is and why it matters. Curing is when your cannabis flowers release carbon dioxide and remove unwanted byproducts such as sugar and chlorophyll. It also allows the buds to continue drying while maintaining optimal inner moisture levels. But most importantly, curing enhances the flavor, aroma, potency, and bag appeal of your weed. If you fail to cure your buds, you’ll end up with hay-like tasting weed that lacks aroma and potency, burns unevenly, and may even become moldy. So yeah, curing is pretty damn important.
Before we dive into how to cure your buds, let’s talk about what to avoid during the process. Direct light exposure is a big no-no as it degrades the quality of your weed over time. High humidity is also a problem as it increases the risk of mold contamination and may result in overly moist cannabis that fails to dry properly. And lastly, excessive heat can degrade essential compounds in cannabis such as cannabinoids and terpenes.
Now that you know what to avoid, it’s time to learn how to cure your buds in five easy steps.
Step one is to ensure that your cannabis flowers are not too moist. The drying process should have them at optimal dryness before you begin curing. Make sure each glass jar is sanitized and free of residue from previous harvests.
Step two is to fill the jar(s) up to 75% capacity with cannabis buds.
Step three involves gently shaking the jar to check if your buds are ready for the curing process. If they immediately stick together, they need an additional 12-24-hours of drying. If they bounce around independently and don’t clump together, they’re ready for step four.
Step four requires you to place a hygrometer inside the jar and secure the airtight lid. Place the jar(s) inside a dark and cool location like a closet or cabinet. Check the relative humidity twice per day and adjust accordingly by removing the lid for a few hours if it’s too high.
Step five involves burping the buds twice a day for three weeks while checking the relative humidity daily. Burping allows air exchange to remove CO2 from the buds as they release it during the curing process.
Remember, all good things take time, and curing your weed is no exception. Exhibiting patience during the 2-3-week process will result in top-shelf buds that smell, taste, and feel amazing.
But wait, there’s more! After curing your buds like a pro, it’s important to store them properly for future use. Whether you want to stash them for the long term or keep them fresh for your next sesh, the best way to do this is to lock them down airtight using a vacuum sealer with the jar lid attachment.
So there you have it folks, how to cure your weed like a boss. Now go forth and elevate your buds to top-shelf status!