So you have finally learned how to cultivate marijuana and your crop is ready to be harvested! Drying can happen right after harvesting if you have grown it properly. When it comes to drying your cannabis buds, you have a lot of options.
A Quick Guide To Drying Your Cannabis Buds
Harvesting and Trimming
When your crops are set to be harvested, begin the curing and drying process. The majority of people tend to cut a branch off, remove any flowers, and then cut the leaves. This method reduces the time it takes to dry.
If you’re using a drying rack, you can even trim and cut the buds directly, then carefully trim the leaves once they’ve dried. You can buy a trimming machine if you don’t want to spend a lot of time cutting the leaves.
Transfer Your Buds To a Dark, Cold Room
Move your buds in a dark space after trimming them. Make sure there isn’t any sunshine coming in. The temperature in the room should be between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the humidity levels should be 45-55%.
A dehumidifier will help you control your humidity rate. You can also control the temperature with the help of an air conditioner. A handheld fan will help you with the airflow.
Make Sure the Weed Is Dry
Allow 6 to 14 days for your weed to dry, regularly inspecting for any mold formation and prevent over-drying. Flip the buds every day to maintain even drying.
You can determine whether the herb is dry just by observing it if you’re an experienced grower. You can, however, tell and touch as a guide. Your buds are ready to cure if the branches snap and you notice crispiness in the flowers.
Curing Your Weed
Curing the weed means that it is absolutely dried and tastes fine. You can cure your cannabis buds by storing them in airtight cases, such as a canning jar made of plastic or glass.
Open the container daily for a few minutes and let out the residual moisture (if any). You may cure the marijuana in two days if you do not have the patience. However, it is recommended to wait for two to four weeks if you can.
If you detect an ammonia odor, that means your marijuana was not sufficiently dried before being stored. Bacteria could have already infiltrated your buds, as indicated by the ammonia odor. For this reason, before storing you must always check whether your buds have sufficiently dried.
Optimal Weed Drying Conditions
Cannabis must be dried before use if you want it to have a good flavor. The optimal conditions for properly drying your marijuana are as follows:
- Dry your marijuana in a room that is well-aired, cool, and dark (not applicable for the Sun-Dry method).
- Maintain a temperature of 60°F to 70°F. Temperatures in this range will lower humidity levels (below 45%), allowing your weed to dry quickly.
- Humidity and temperature should be measured and adjusted using a hygrometer and thermometer.
- To control the temperature, use air conditioners and heating systems.
While it can appear that drying as quickly as possible is desirable, drying too quickly may result in a bitter taste. Meanwhile, lower temperatures would result in a rise in humidity (around 55%). As a result, the buds take longer to dry, raising the risk of mold plaguing your buds.
It can take weeks to properly dry your marijuana, because of which many marijuana farmers have experimented with various methods to speed up the method over the years.
Here’s a compilation of the best ways to dry cannabis buds, according to experienced growers:
The Fastest Ways to Dry Your Cannabis Buds
Brown Paper Bags Method
If your marijuana supply is low, or you don’t have the time to let your cannabis dry slowly, this method can help you cut the time down to just several days rather than weeks. You can dry your weed in brown paper bags if you have small buds.
Put three or more freshly cut buds in a brown bag and store them for at least six days in a cold room. Take the marijuana out after the sixth day, and you’re done! It’s all safe for you to consume!
You can also dry the cannabis buds with the help of your laptop being a heat source. Place the brown bags containing cannabis buds above the laptop vent, which distributes heat. Flip your bag after 10 minutes. Rep this procedure as required.
When the weed is ready, you will be able to sense its dryness. This method of drying could take up to an hour. Keep in mind that this method can give your marijuana a harsh taste, but it’s also convenient and straightforward.
An Electric or Gas-Powered Heater
This process is ideal for drying vast quantities of marijuana. Either an electric or a gas-powered heater would suffice. Make sure the space you’re working in is dry and well ventilated before you begin. Examine your buds and make sure they’re not too close one to another, as this could lead to mold formation. Mold grows quickly, spoiling the herb and making it almost unfit for consumption. A heater is an acceptable way to dry marijuana promptly, but be careful not to go too far. You could end up with marijuana that has an unpleasant taste.
Baking the buds is one of the quickest methods for drying cannabis. This process requires an oven tray and buds. Put your weed on the baking sheet and bake them for 8 minutes. Set the temperature to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn the buds over after 4 minutes and put them back in the oven. Do this one more time.
This process is excellent since it has zero impact on the efficacy of marijuana. It also gets rid of the water.
Make sure not to burn the marijuana as you won’t be able to smoke it if you do. To avoid this, keep the oven temperature below 150 degrees Fahrenheit.