Drying marijuana (and curing it) is the final step of our cultivating sequence. It is a 3-step process which is necessary in creating buds which smoke great, are easy on the lungs and have the best possible taste.
Drying marijuana can take up to 6 weeks, though 2 weeks is more the norm. Drying time depends on where you live. For instance, if you live in the desert, drying will be faster than if you lived in the tropics. (Curing can take another couple of months.)
The first step after harvesting your plants is to hang them upside down letting the fan leaves bow over the buds. For this step, you will need a cool dark place with no humidity. Hanging in your garage can be a bad location if it gets too cold out there. Ventilation is also important. Check the buds every day to watch for signs of mold and mildew as this would need to be corrected immediately. When the fan leaves turn crisp and break off easily, clip the fan leaves. In fact, a much easier way of doing this is to take off the fan leaves before drying. It is harder to cut off the fan leaves when they are dry. Remember to dry at an even pace. If they dry too quickly, your buds will smell like pine needles or hay. If they dry too slowly, there is a possibility of mold and mildew attacking the plants.
After the fan leaves are trimmed and hung, there will still be little inner leaves that will droop and cover the buds. They will, in time, turn brown and crisp. Now, it is time to remove the buds and leaves from the branches. This is known as manicuring the buds. The buds should be a little moist. If necessary, such as a dry spell, you CAN smoke the buds now, but it is best to wait until the final 2 processes are completed. If you wait, you will get even better smelling and tasting buds. But if you can’t wait, I understand.
After trimming, the still-moist buds should be placed in a big brown paper bag. Just put in maybe four inches of bud per bag. There is no need to scrunch the top of the bag. Every day, you want to “fluff” the buds so they all dry evenly. The buds will compress at this time. Again, you can smoke at this stage, but if you’re patient, better buds are yours!
Recently, I heard of another method similar to the above method. This is out of the Emerald Triangle so you know it’s gotta be good. Again, we’re using brown paper bags. This time, we’re adding a big black plastic trash bag. After trimming, put them into the plastic bag, check often until moisture is felt. Then it goes into the paper bag until dry. Repeat as long as necessary until no moisture is felt in the plastic bag.
If you’re really desperate, you can, at this step, place buds on cookie sheets and set the oven for warm or 125 degrees Fahrenheit. “Bake” for 10 minutes, remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Fluff the buds and return to oven for 10 minutes. Cool and roll away!
Let’s say you can’t wait 20 some odd minutes. Another method to speed up the process is to use your microwave. For this, place buds on a microwave safe plate. Nuke at 50% power for 10 seconds, fluff, nuke for 10 seconds, repeat until dry.
That brings us up to curing … the final step. This can, again, be smoked if you’re impatient, but it’s best to wait. For this step, you will need large airtight jars. I like restaurant/service pack jars because they’re pretty big. The first thing you do is to loosely load the jar and screw on the lid. Check the buds once or twice a day to replace the air and rearrange the buds. Do this for 7-10 days and then once every day after that. After 7 days, all you need to do is open the jar, check for mold or mildew and discard any with mold or mildew. If you find mold or mildew, place the clean buds in a brown paper bag for a few days and repeat the jar process. The jar process can take up to 2 months depending on how long you can wait!
The bud is ready for consumption when the bud snaps crisply between your fingers. Now, if you want you can use a seal-a-meal product and suck the air out, this is the time to do it. Otherwise, just put the buds in baggies (I like the gallon size), squeeze out the air and store in a closet or similar cool, dark space.
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— Random Story Ripped From the Internet