why do you have to cure weed
But harvesting isn't enough, and neither is just simply drying the plants out. You have to cure the buds, and cure them correctly, to get the most out of all your hard work. Using a microwave is not the best way to prepare your buds, either, although it is super fast. There are a few different ways to cure your buds correctly, and the right way for you depends on what you want to accomplish. Regardless of the stage your plants are in, after harvesting, light, especially sunlight, should be avoided. Depending on the size of your harvest, you'll want to use a cardboard box or boxes, a closet or smaller room, or a regular sized room. If you use a box, removing the leaves can help your buds dry more evenly. Closets and rooms usually have enough circulation that this step can wait until you're ready to start the curing process. You'll want to provide ventilation with a fan, and check every day for. These can ruin your harvest, and any parts of plants that show signs of mold or mildew should be removed right away. If you have nosy neighbors or a landlord who pops in unexpectedly, remember that during the first few days of drying, your plants will release a smell that is pretty difficult to miss. You don't want any open windows in your drying area that will allow the scent to drift out where people are. Some people use this time to do a major cleaning so that the cleaning chemicals mask the scent of the drying plants. Others have used an outside project in the yard where they re-stained wooden items like chairs and swing sets. After a few days, your plants won't release such a strong scent. When the twig inside your buds snaps easily, your buds are ready to be cured. Many people use brown paper bags to begin the curing process, but if your climate is rather dry, you can skip this step.
Never use plastic bags or white paper bags. Plastic bags will result in mold and mildew forming on your buds, and white bags have bleach residue in them, which will make your buds harsh at best, and toxic at worst. Always use brown paper bags. Just place your buds in the bags no more than few inches deep and mix them up at least once a day, remembering to always check for mold and mildew. While your plants are drying, you should be collecting glass jars with lids on them to use for curing the buds. When your buds can pass the snap test, start picking them off the plants and place them loosely in the jars you collected. When a jar is about 2/3 full, put the lid on loosely. You still want some air to get into your buds to help the natural breakdown of sugars and chlorophyll to continue. Letting the sugars breakdown makes the smoke smoother, and reducing the amount of chlorophyll in the buds is what reduces the rawness that makes any bud taste green. Every day, for the first week or two, at least once, and twice if you have time, check each jar for mold and mildew by removing each bud from the jars. After you've checked and removed any buds that looked moldy, replace the buds into the jars. Packing them differently than they were before will help them cure more evenly. A few weeks of being in the jars will have cured the buds quite well, but some prefer a longer cure period. The longer you cure your buds, the smoother the smoke will be. You can always test smoke a bud to see if the rest of your harvest is ready, too. Longer cure periods aren't harmful as long as you remember to check for mold several times a week.
Curing Marijuana makes the it stronger and milder to smoke. It also gives the pot the nice smell. Curing is done by controlled fermentation.
Fresh weed is not very potent itself. Most of the THC is created after the harvest. THC is what makes the user stoned. Fresh weed also does not smell as nice as matured weed, because the aromatic oils do not express themselves fully yet. Curing Marijuana is the process of slowly but controlled drying of the fresh weed. This can be seen as an artform with many variations. It is simmilar to wine- or cheese-making: It takes some patience and everybody does it a bit differrent. We start with fresh weed. It was and. Now the drying / curing Marijuana process starts. It is generally important to avoid touching the marijuana. Evertime you touch it, something will stick to your finger which won t be in the joint later. Marijuana should be dried in a dark, well ventilated environment. Key is to curing marijuana is to dry it rather slowly. But not too slowly because there lurks danger of mould. Never use heaters, ovens, microwaves or fridges to dry your pot. It would ruin it. Spread the buds on sheets of paper, or hang them on a rope or wire. Let them dry in the dark for 6 9 days. Rotate them every 2 days or so to allow evenly drying. After those 4-8 days the pot should be still a bit wet. It is now time to carefully press it for the first time. Pressing Marijuana gives it the distinct looks of nice buds. Pressing is not absolutely necessary. In fact, I believe it lowers the quality a little because some trichomes burst. But pressed bud usually looks more beautiful. I showed friends two types of the same weed: Pressed and unpressed. Almost everyone preferred the pressed form. The unpressed Marijuana looks a little too hairy. How to Press it? Gently, with a plastic bag or cling wrap. Pressing makes your pot look smaller. It is more compressed and some people think : Hey, why am I getting only so little?
So don t go overboard with that pressing. Just very gentle to make it look good. Put the relatively wet weed into a plastic bag and roll it up. How tight you roll determines how much it is pressed. Don t roll too tight. Than put a pillow on the bag and leave it for 5 hours. After aproximately 5 hours get the weed back out of the bag. Don t forget it in there, it would mould. The weed will now all stick together as seen in the pic above. Seperate every single bud from each other and spread them on white paper. Again, touch it gently and as little as possible to not lose THC. Let it dry in the dark for another 2 days or so. Than put it back into the bag, roll it up and put it under a pillow. Take it back out after ca. 10 hours and put it back on the paper. This procedure must be repeated over and over. The dryer the weed, the longer it can stay in the plastic bag. 2 times of pressing the weed in the bag is enough. After that, just put it in the bag, close it but don t press it any further. Goal of the whole procedure is to let the Marijuana dry very slowly. It will take weeks until it is completely dry. But it is worth the effort. Always check for mould. If the moist weed stays too long without air circulation mould will attack. Even when the weed is entirely dry, it is still curing. But at a slower pace. You can determine that it is absolutely dry when the branches snap when bending. You should also hear a noise when they break. The dry Marijuana can now go loosly into glass jars or plastic boxes. Open them every 2 days or so to let leftover humidity escape. It will take your Marijuana around 3 month until it reaches its highest strength. But of course, it can be smoked earlier, too.
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