Harvest: This is why we do it all…

by Nebula Haze

Beautiful White Widow nug is taken out of her curing jar for a pictureHarvest time!

Your buds are ready for harvest, yet your job as a grower is not quite over yet.

(When do I harvest?)

Before you use your freshly harvested buds, you must prepare your buds with a process known as curing, which involves drying your buds slowly in a controlled environment.

Growers cure buds for many reasons. If you started with great genetics and you’ve taken care of your marijuana plants properly during their life, than curing is what will make the difference between “just okay” and trophy-worthy buds.

A  big part of why buds from medical marijuana dispensaries or cannabis cups often seem so special is they have been expertly cured. People who have never experienced buds prepared this way will often be amazed by the smooth, pleasant experience of slow cured buds.

Why Do Growers Cure Buds After Harvest?

Here’s what drying and curing properly does for you…

  • Breaks down chlorophyll and dramatically improves taste of buds

  • Gets rid of the unpleasant “fresh hay” or “cut grass” smell which is common on newly harvested buds

  • Brings out the subtle flavors and unique smell of your cannabis strain

  • Reduces “harshness” in buds; you’re less likely to start coughing or get a headache

  • Buds are less likely to cause anxiety, racing thoughts, or paranoia

  • Increases storage time; you can store properly dried/cured buds for years and buds will retain most of their original potency

  • Reduces the chance of mold growing on your buds

  • Curing may also actually increase potency! Read on to learn more…

In most cases, a proper cure will change the subjective effects of buds. There is something that happens during a slow curing process which changes the exact composition of cannabinoids and terpenoids. This changes how buds make you feel.

Don’t believe me? Try smoking buds directly off the plant vs smoking those same buds after they’ve been dried/cured.

Many growers feel that drying buds slowly and proper curing will actually make buds more potent up to a point. Growers also report that properly cured buds are much more pleasant to smoke, vaporize, or turn into edibles. This is likely due to how cannabinoids and terpenoids are altered during the curing process.

So now you may be wondering…

  • How do you dry your buds slowly?

  • How do you know how long to dry your buds for?

  • How do you cure buds perfectly every time, without leaving anything to chance?

Get the complete step-by-step tutorial right here!

Curing Marijuana: Overview

Curing begins as soon as you cut down your plant.

The most important part of the curing process happens during the first few days, as you begin drying your buds. During this initial drying phase, the main goal is to let your buds dry out slowly (usually 4-14 days) while protecting buds against mold.

A long, slow drying process (along with smart curing practices) will give you the best benefits. Any time you “speed dry” your freshly harvested buds, you’re basically losing all the benefits of curing.

Here’s an overview of the process. Click pic for step-by-step tutorial with complete instructions…
How to cure marijuana overview - cheat sheet

Note: Right after you harvest your plant, the most important part of the curing process is drying your buds SLOWLY, over a couple of days to a week or more.

This is why buds which are dried in a dehydrator, via dry ice, or in a microwave taste terrible, smell even worse, and often leave you with a migraine. When you quick-dry your buds, you are completely skipping over the most important part of the curing process.

Once you remove all moisture from the buds, curing comes to a halt. Completely dry buds won’t cure any further.

Trying to re-hydrate buds afterwards usually will not restart the curing process. All re-hydration can do is reduce the brittleness of over-dried buds. Therefore if buds become too dry too fast, curing stops and you lose nearly all of the further taste/smell/potency benefits.

Now I will walk you through a step-by-step process so you can produce a professional cure every time, with no guesswork involved.

This method will work for you even if you’re just starting out and have never cured buds before. No matter what previous experience you have curing buds, this will show you how to ensure they come out connoisseur-quality every time.

Ready to get started?

Read the step-by-step curing tutorial!


 

Nebula HazeAbout Nebula Haze:

Medical marijuana has saved my life, and I’m dedicated to showing you how easy it can be to grow your own medical-grade buds.

I have made it my mission in life to build the best FREE growing resources available for new and advanced growers, while also working to get marijuana legalized for everyone.

 


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