How to Cure and Store Cannabis
How to Cure and Store Cannabis
Cannabis requires proper management, care, and attention, and any mismanagement can exert negative influences on the final product. Usually, harvesting is the last stage for many crops, but it is not true for cannabis, as it requires vital steps of drying, and curing. Based on the significance of right approaches for drying, and curing, this article is mainly intended to highlight the importance of drying, and curing processes. Curing is an extremely important process for cannabis, but it needs virtue of patience. Cured buds offers good and smooth smoking experience as prolonged curing causes degradation of byproducts (sugars) during the drying process. Initially, these molecules have unpleasant and harsh taste, but curing causes the buttery, and smooth smoking taste.
Curing is also an excellent way to preserve some flavors. Terpenes are responsible to give unique, and intense flavors to the cannabis strains. These are volatile compounds and are easily degraded under the intense heat, so they must be cured for longer periods to offer good taste. Curing also increases shelf life of cannabis harvest and also minimize the chances of mould attack. Proper storage, and curing of buds helps to increase its freshness, and stability without any deterioration in its strength, and taste.
Avoid Exposure to Light, and Heat
During the process of curing exposure to light, and heat should be avoided. Light is a main factor causing degradation of terpenes, and THC. Light and heat can easily spoil the potency, and taste of flowers, so these should be kept in the box or cupboard. Heat can cause substantial issues in the hot climatic conditions, so, ideally, cannabis containing boxes should be stored at 21 degree Celsius.
Curing process is straightforwardly started with the properly dried buds. Presence of humidity, or moisture level can cause clumping along with improved chances of mould development. Moreover, it also encourages the breakdown actions of anaerobic bacteria. Too much dryness also causes crumbly conditions and offers unpleasant smoke. So, flowers should properly dry at room temperature in the presence of optimal humidity levels such as 45-55%. This will offer humid interior, and slightly crumbly, and dry exterior.
Use of Mason Jars
The flowers should be properly prepared for curing and storage. Usually, individual drying is the best way to go followed by the separation of buds to get rid of sugar leaves. In the next step, the stash should be placed in the airtight conditions. Use of mason jars is a good option to monitors the buds. Buds should be loosely placed in the containers, and only 75% of the capacity should be filled. Leaving proper room for aeration is a good approach to allow the best storage.
Cool and Dark Storage Conditions
Jars should be properly covered with lid, and should be placed in the dark, and cool conditions. These buds should be checked for 2 times a day and should be properly inspected to check mould development. It is also essential to keep a good eye on hygrometers. If hygrometer shows excessive wet conditions, the lid should be removed for a few hours to allow the moisture escaping. After 3 weeks, the buds will be efficiently cured and can be used for smoking. However, excellent results can be achieved by good patience.
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