Why Curing Cannabis Is Critical to Plant Quality

What Is Curing Cannabis?

 

Curing is a process that involves aging/drying harvested plant material to fine-tune the moisture content and allow for the decay of sugars and chlorophyll before consumption. Many plants are cured, such as cannabis, hemp, sagebrush, bay leaves, tea leaves, and tobacco.

Benefits to Properly Curing Cannabis

Every vegetable requires a different curing process for the best outcome. Regardless of the process, the goal is the same: to protect the product while retaining robust flavors, nutrients, and, in the case of cannabis, cannabinoids.

Proper curing ends the degradation process before active compounds like terpenes and cannabinoids evaporate or transform.

After harvest, the plant begins to degrade as enzymes and aerobic bacteria break down excess sugars and starches. Curing cannabis essentially forces the plant to use up those sugars, starches, and excessive nutrients before they’ve had the chance to dry out and get stuck inside the plant.

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Ways To Cure Cannabis

There are many methods of curing cannabis, and it is recommended you test small batches to dial in the method of your choice. Regardless of how you dry your cannabis, trimming your harvest is the first step. After you cut down your plant:

  • Trim the buds so that it dries evenly.

  • If you live in an arid area, leaving a few leaves on the bud will make sure it doesn’t dry too quickly.

  • If you grow in a humid area, remove the buds from the stems and trim all of the leaves or as many as possible.

Once you’ve trimmed your plants, you need to determine the best method for curing your cannabis. Here are a few methods:

  • Hanging your buds

  • Heating methods

  • Curing in jars

  • Wet curing methods

  • Fast-curing buds