Curing weed is a very important step in the cultivating process – yes, it is a step in cultivation. Without going through this last stage, you will never unlock the full potential of the crop you have spent so long growing.
When weed is first harvested, it’s got a bunch of chlorophyll and other unsavory components. These need to naturally break down over time, and mature. The terpene profile will change over time, and the flavor will fully come out.
Also, the moisture content will redistribute itself through the weed through curing. Usually, when you dry your weed, the outside will be quite dry while the inside relatively moist. This is obviously not ideal. When you store the weed in an enclosed container, it allows the moisture to redistribute to the outside of the nugs once again.
This will make a very nice, sticky end product, and suck the remaining moisture out from the center of the weed.
All of these things are obviously extremely important to a proper end product. Let’s go over how to cure weed so you get the best result after a very long grow period.
First things first, trim your bud up real good. If it’s your first grow, you might not realize just how important a nice trim is. If you do it proper, the leaves will actually retreat into the nugs during drying time. If you do it wrong, you will have long spindly gross leaves hanging off the bud which look like death.
After the trim, make sure to dry it just right. Do it until the stems are making a nice crackling and snapping upon bending. Sometimes, you might need to start curing before this happens, if the outside is getting way too dry.
Once your bud is trimmed and dry, you can begin to cure. Put your buds into a sealed container. I like to use mason jars because glass is an inert material and won’t make your bud smell.
If you use plastic containers, the bud will probably have a slight off-putting smell. Of course, smoking plastic isn’t very nice either so this is to be avoided. If you grew multiple pounds, you will probably need to use a plastic container, as mason jars will be too cumbersome.
Once you’ve got your bud in there, it’s mostly a waiting game. Make sure you don’t cram a bunch in there, leave around 10-15% empty space at the top. This will prevent mold from forming, allow the bud to breathe.
Plus, when I check up on it, I like to toss the weed around a bit, make sure everything is circulating and getting enough air. Having a stuffed container prevents this from happening and so you want to avoid that.
Once a day, you will want to come and check up on the curing process. Burping is necessary, that’s when you open the container and you allow all the built up gasses to escape. These gasses are the result of different chemicals breaking down and maturing.
You will notice that throughout the curing process, the weed will begin to smell way better. At first, it will have a gross “green” almost musty smell. After a while however, it will start to smell really dank, like weed is supposed to.
Technically, you can burp the weed every day for weeks, months even, and it will only get better. Designer weed is usually cured for at least a couple of months, and it achieves the best results possible. Curing kief is also a thing people do, it’s like aged wine – better as it grows older.
Typically, you will want to cure the weed for at least 2 weeks. One week is good enough if you’re eager, but after two I’d say it’s ready for general consumption.
If you find the weed is too wet during curing, you need to take it all out and re-dry it. Maybe lay it out on parchment, check up on it very frequently. Don’t leave it out for too long, as this will ruin the flavor.
If the weed is too dry, put in a moisturizing paper towel. Find a way to adhere it to the top so it doesn’t touch the weed. This will restore a good moistness to the weed. For your product to smell and taste nice, it needs to be of adequate dampness. Otherwise, it will be crunchy, dry, and flavorless, even distasteful.