What's the Difference Between Drying & Curing?
Drying: Removing the majority of moisture content for smoking, vaporizing or processing. Typically reduced to 20-25% of original wet weight.
Curing: Storing in closed containers for 2 weeks to 3 months to preserve and allow for breakdown of sugars and chlorophyl so final product develops high quality structure, aroma and flavour.
Drying Process for Dry Trim (Typically 7-14 Days)
- Cut whole plant at base and remove large fan leaves.
- Hang entire plant to dry (hang branches if space is limited).
- Set environment around 70F (21C) and 50% Humidity.
- Make sure nearby lights (especially grow lights) are turned off.
- Turn your exhaust fan down to lowest setting to maintain correct temperature.
- Turn off nearby circulation fans. Our goal is to slow down the drying process.
Drying Tips & Tricks
- Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners or heaters may be required to control the environment. Drying in an outdoor space like an unheated shed is not recommended.
- Use a Thermometer/Hygrometer to check your environment.
- Make sure your drying room, tent or rack are all clean from previous use.
- DO NOT let humidity rise above 64% or you risk mold development during drying process.
- Make sure hanging plants and drying rack are secure and will not fall.
- If you drying area is too dry (Under 40% RH), leave more leaves on the plant and do a full plant hang dry to slow down the drying process.
- If your drying area is too humid (Over 60% Humidity) separate the buds from branches and use a drying rack or mesh to help dry with less chance of mold. (Ideally do whatever you can to bring humidity below 60%).
Curing Process (Minimum 2 Weeks to 3 Months)
- Place dried flower loosely into airtight containers (ex. CVault or Mason Jars).
- Pack maximum of 75% of available space leaving 25% space for air.
- Avoid compacting flowering into container.
- Store in a cool, dark place away from light and heat sources.
- Open your jars daily for 10 minutes for the first 1-2 weeks to release excess moisture (be sure to open jars immediately if you see moisture forming inside the container).
- We recommend humidity packs for long term storage, properly dried, cured and stored buds are good for up to 12 months.
Curing is critical to a quality final product!
- Curing breaks down sugars and chlorophyl inside the plant that cause a harsh, unpleasant smoke.
- Curing preserves your buds terpenes (taste and aroma), resulting in a smooth, flavourful smoke.
- Curing prevents flower from molding, and prolongs the shelf life or your flower.