5 Easy Steps to Cure Cannabis & 7 Reasons Why You Need To Do It!
Good weed vs. bad weed
We can all tell the difference between top shelf cannabis plants and seedy slop grown, but whether it’s good or bad, mid-grade or sticky weed, the curing process will enhance your smoke experience. Here is your guide to how to cure marijuana, curing buds for best taste and troubleshooting – all your questions answered about curing weed.
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Curing marijuana and why?Curing cannabis involves a drying process, and then letting those beautiful cannabis flowers sit for a while – like letting your steak rest – for the best taste possible. Curing marijuana can be done simply by “air curing”, freeze dry, water cure or even with dry ice. Your harvest needs a cannabis cure for five important reasons:
- Prevents mold - plant matter comes with naturally high moisture content, so the drying process removes water content
- Reduces anxiety -
- Smoother smoke - when you light up properly dried buds, you're only burning through green, which is all you want to burn up anyway
- Enhanced high and taste profile - cured cannabis is cannabis with unlocked cannabinoid content. Enjoy it!
- Prolong the shelf-life - Talk about reduced anxiety! Dry bud will last you a long time.
How to cure bud?
Drying and curing buds is important for the taste and preservation of your weed. You can cure marijuana buds in just a few weeks, but many growers agree: the longer the better. How long to cure weed? At least 2 to 3 weeks, but 8 weeks will improve the quality significantly. Curing weed can easily be done in 5 simple steps, which we have outlined below.
Before you start to dry, you need the right set-up. You need an area where you can administer humidity control - somewhere well-ventilated - so you don't experience mold growth on your precious herb. Don't just throw your cannabis on a drying rack in any old room; consider designating a specific drying room where humidity levels can be monitored. If you can't dedicate an entire room to this process, consider ordering a grow tent (or two!), where you'll have more control. Having a dedicated space will also allow you to better monitor the cannabis aroma that will be wafting out of this space.
5 steps to air cure weed – the easy way
Weed smellsWhat does weed smell like before curing? It smells like weed. It is an earthy and skunky smell. During the curing process, keep your nose alert to the smell of ammonia. If you smell this, it means the weed was not dry enough in the beginning and now will most likely mold. You can try to dry the weed further and try to cure again, but be warned that it might be too late.
Water curing weedThis is like a bath for your buds – it washes off substances that create a harsh smoke. Many people prefer water curing because it is much faster than the air cure, taking just 1 week. With that being said, water curing requires a bit more maintenance than air curing and you have to be very careful to completely dry your buds so mold doesn’t form on those precious marijuana plants.
4 steps to water cure weed
Dry weed fast
You can easily dry weed with a well-ventilated room. You can also place the buds on a porous steel grate with fans blowing from underneath it. It is very important not to have the buds in plastic or an enclosed space as it will maintain water and cause mold to form. An herb drying box can be a helpful tool for successfully drying weed. Many people might get impatient and wonder can you smoke wet weed? The answer is no. Don’t try to smoke wet weed unless you accidentally got your last nug wet… it won’t be pleasant.
We love the hanger idea: creative and organized! Photo: @greenjarproducts
We know it’s hard to let your tasty buds sit on the shelf to cure, but, trust us, it’ll be worth the wait! Photo: @the_cannabis_critique
Cannabis curing is the crucial finale of smoking any top-shelf cannabis strain. Not only will it preserve your weed longer, but it will also give it a better taste, better high and less anxiety symptoms. The easiest way to cure is the air curing method: dry and cure weed in airtight jars in a dark and dry place, but this will take about 4 weeks. Water curing weed is fast but takes a bit more maintenance and experience. You can try out both and find your preference using this weed-curing guide.
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Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)
Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University. She's the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing, and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.
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