Preparing Cannabis For Sale
Drying and curing marijuana is a crucial action that a number of growers don’t execute correctly. It is not difficult to get overexcited or perhaps rush to make a profit. There are many reasons cannabis curing is important, however.
Preparing Cannabis: How Does Curing Affect Potency?
Marijuana plants produce tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (a cannabinoid) through a process called biosynthesis. During biosynthesis, certain compounds are gradually converted into new ones. For example, THCA becomes the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, THC.
This particular procedure doesn’t completely stop after you harvest. For instance, storing marijuana at 60F – 70F with humidity between forty-five and fifty-five % continues this cannabinoid conversion. This makes slowly cured cannabis more powerful because of more THC. Quick drying under warm, dry conditions halts this process much faster.
Preparing Cannabis: How Does Curing Affect Flavor?
Because terpenes degrade quickly (at temps around 70°F), a low and slow cure preserves more of them.
Moreover, a proper cure creates a great environment for enzymes and aerobic bacteria to break down leftover minerals along with the undesirable sugars produced by the decomposition of chlorophyll during drying. The presence of excess minerals and these sugars is what causes the harsh, throat burning sensation you get from smoking improperly cured cannabis.
Curing also removes chlorophyll, which tastes like grass.
Preparing Cannabis: How Does Curing Affect Longevity?
Well cured weed lasts longer because it resists mold and retains its cannabinoid content better. If you store it correctly it can last for two years. A dark, airtight container is the best way to store all marijuana.
The aim of drying is slowly removing too much moisture from your freshly harvested crop. Unfortunately, cannabis contains much more water than you think, so you will see your yield shrink as it gives up its moisture. Rather than worry about this, just know it’s making your cannabis more concentrated.
Preparing Cannabis: How To Cure Marijuana
Buy yourself several mason jars and be certain you sterilize them.
Almost fill the jars with marijuana but leave room to shake. Packing cannabis in the jar too tightly inhibits air circulation and, therefore, slows drying too much.
Open those jars a few hours every day to start. You will see a lot more moisture in your cannabis than expected.
Consider taking the buds out of the jars if moisture content builds up too much. You can lay them on a flat surface for a period of time and return them to their jars after they have time to air out.
Monitor moisture to avoid mold because that’s a huge problem. Avoid it at all costs even if that means more time out of the jar.
Your environment dictates how long your curing process will take. You have to observe how the process is going and be willing to make alterations as necessary.
Once you’ve cured weed a few times, you’ll get the hang of the process. This will help you understand how long it should take. This will, in turn, reveal if something is going wrong later.