How to dry your cannabis buds
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After seeing your crop through the vegetative and flowering stages of their life cycle, there comes the exciting moment when it is finally time to harvest the cannabinoid-rich bounty from your weed plants. However, just because this is the end of the life cycle, does not mean, that the vitally important work is over.
Post-harvest, the extremely crucial step of drying your herb awaits. Drying might seem like an easy task, that doesn’t require much time or attention, the quicker your weed is dry the better, right? It means you’ll be smoking your hard earned stash with your friends in no time and preparing to throw more seeds into soil.
Although this would be ideal, it isn’t necessarily true, so patience is important. Not only will drying your harvest correctly defend it against potential mould issues, it will also help to maintain the potency, taste and flavor of your flowers.
CUTTING YOUR CROP
First things first, you will need to start harvesting your buds by cutting down your plants. Take care that you harvest them at the right moment, so a good timing is key here. Some people then choose to manicure their flowers, which simply means cleaning them up by cutting away leaves, however, this can also be done after drying.
One method of drying is to hang cut branches, or even entire plants, upside down from wires of lines, much like clothes on a washing line. It is optimal to clear leaves from your flowers if you choose to use this method in order to increase the airflow, that reaches the buds.
Measures should be taken to ensure room temperatures are maintained between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius in order to achieve an even drying across all of your material.
Humidity is also another important factor when drying you cannabis. If the humidity is too low, your flowers may dry too quickly, which could negatively impact the taste, smell and potency. If humidity is too high, this increases the chances of mould forming on the buds, as mould growth depends upon high humidity.
If this occurs, then any infected flowers will be ruined and must be discarded. For this reason, use a hygrometer to measure the humidity of the drying space and use humidifiers and dehumidifiers to achieve a humidity of around 50 percent.
Hang-drying should also take place in a dark room to stop any light damage occurring, that will degrade your buds. The drying space should also have adequate air flow in order to further avoid mould formation, this can be achieved by using fans. Either use rotating fans or move stationary ones regularly to ensure even drying of your crop.
Using this method, your weed should be fully dry within a period of 2-3 weeks. If your weed snaps at the stem when you try to break it, it is fully dried. If, however, the stems bend instead of break, continue the drying process.
Screen-drying is the process of spreading harvested buds over screens in order for them to receive airflow from various directions. Screens can also be stacked on top of each other, so it may be a good option for those with quite limited space.
The downside is that it takes quite some time to cut all individual buds away from the stems and leaves in order to place them out to dry. The same procedures in terms of darkness, humidity, temperature, etc. should be taken during screen drying.