Are you trying to figure out how to dry cannabis the right way? If yes, you should check out our guide here on the key things to do.
You’ve planted your cannabis plants and watched them grow and flourish in front of your eyes.
Now you’re daydreaming of plucking those fresh buds straight from the plant and smoking them right up!
Hold your horses. Any cannabis connoisseur can tell you: you’ve got to dry cannabis before you can smoke it.
By learning how to dry weed properly before smoking it, you’ll have a much richer, high-quality product to consume at the end of the process.
So what are you waiting for? Keep reading to learn how to dry cannabis!
How to Dry Cannabis in 4 Easy Steps
Drying and curing cannabis isn’t difficult, but it does take a little bit of patience and finesse to get used to the routine. The most important thing to remember when learning how to dry marijuana: don’t rush it!
We know you’re excited to start smoking that fresh, beautiful plant, but trust us, patience is a virtue when it comes to drying weed!
Step 1: Harvest and Lightly Trim the Cannabis
Once the plant is grown and ready to be dried, you can harvest the cannabis by cutting off branches from the plant. The branches will be about 12″ in length.
Once you’ve got your branches, you’ll need to trim off the larger leaves on the plant. You’ll be left with branches full of beautiful buds, ready to be hung and dried!
Step 2: Hang and Dry
Once your buds are ready to go, you’ll need to hang the branches upside down in a dark room for at least 3 days. 5 days is better. Maintain a moderate room temperature around 75° F and around 50% humidity.
You can use a cannabis drying rack for this step, or you can simply hang the branches from a string with clothespins! However you choose to dry the plants, just make sure they’re upside down.
You’ll also need to make sure the branches are evenly spaced out, allowing room for air to circulate between the cannabis buds.
Most importantly, be patient when drying marijuana. Over-dried buds won’t hurt you, but under-dried buds can get moldy (which is both nasty and dangerous).
Step 3: Trim Again
Once the buds have dried, you’ll need to trim them again, this time with more precision and detail. You’ll want to remove the buds from the stems, and leave only flowers.
Step 4: Cure in an Airtight Jar
Now it’s time to put the buds into an airtight container. A clear mason jar works best. Don’t pack the buds in too tightly — be sure to leave room some space for air to circulate within the jar.
Let the buds cure for 3-6 weeks, depending on your patience level and personal tastes. Though you could technically smoke the buds without curing them first, most people prefer to let their buds cure for about a month before smoking them.
Again, try to maintain a moderate temperature and consistent humidity just as you did during the drying process. Be sure to open the jar up once a day to allow fresh air to circulate into the jar.
Now that you’ve learned how to dry cannabis, the last step is: enjoy the finished product!
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