Drying your cannabis is an important step in the process. Check out our tips on how to dry cannabis so you can enjoy your harvest to the fullest.
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Hang your cannabis in a well-ventilated area.
Drying your cannabis properly is essential to getting the most out of your harvest. If done correctly, it will cure your buds and make them much more enjoyable to smoke. If done incorrectly, it can cause your buds to develop mold or mildew, which can ruin your entire harvest.
The first step in drying your cannabis is to hang it in a well-ventilated area. A closet or a basement are both good options. You want to make sure that the area is dark, as light can cause your buds to develop blemishes. You also want to make sure that the temperature in the room is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, as anything outside of that range can drying too slowly or too quickly.
Once you have found a suitable location, you will need to gather some supplies. You will need a fan, some cheesecloth, and some clothespins. The fan will be used to circulate air around your buds, which will speed up the drying process. The cheesecloth will be used to create a barrier between your buds and the fan, so that the fan does not blow directly on them. The clothespins will be used to secure the cheesecloth to the hangers that you are using.
Once you have all of your supplies, you can start hanging your cannabis. You want to make sure that each bud has its own hanger so that they do not touch each other. Once they are all hung up, drape the cheesecloth over them and secure it in place with the clothespins. Turn on the fan and let it run for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the cheesecloth and let the buds air dry for another 24 hours.
Once they are completely dry, you can jar them up and store them in a cool, dark place for long-term storage. Make sure to check on them every few weeks to ensure that they are not developing mold or mildew.
Check on your cannabis daily, rotating the buds so they dry evenly.
It’s important to check on your cannabis daily, rotating the buds so they dry evenly. The ideal humidity level for drying cannabis is between 60-65%. If the RH in your drying space is too high, you risk mold and mildew ruining your stash. If it’s too low, your weed will dry out too quickly and risk becoming hay-like.
You can get a hygrometer to measure the humidity in your drying space, which is helpful to ensure proper conditions. Generally, it’s best to dry cannabis slowly at a cool temperature to preserve its cannabinoid content and terpene profile.
After about a week, your cannabis should be dry to the touch.
At this point, you can begin “curing” your cannabis. Curing involves placing your dry cannabis in an airtight container (like a mason jar) and storing it in a cool, dark place. Some people like to add a handful of dried, un-used cannabis trim to their jars to help the process along.
Curing allows the plant’s chlorophyll to break down further and for the remaining water in the plant to evaporate. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, but it’s worth it! Cured cannabis will have much better flavor and smell than uncured bud, and will also be smoother on the throat and lungs when smoked.
Store your dry cannabis in a glass jar in a cool, dark place.
After you’ve harvested your cannabis, the next step is to dry it so that you can enjoy smoking it or using it to make edibles, oils, and other cannabis products. Here’s a quick guide to drying your cannabis so that it retains its maximum potency and flavor.
The first step is to manicure your cannabis by removing any large leaves and trimming the buds so that they are a uniform size. This will help them dry evenly.
Once your cannabis is trimmed, it’s time to hang it up to dry. Find a place in your home that is dark, dry, and well-ventilated. A closet or cupboard will work perfectly. If you have a fan, you can set it up to circulate the air in the room and speed up the drying process.
Next, take some string or fishing line and make a “clothesline” by tying it to two nails or screws that are spaced about a foot apart. Then, tie the stems of your wet cannabis buds to the string so that they are hanging upside down. If you have a lot of buds, you may need to make multiple clotheslines.
Once all of your cannabis is hanging up, check on it daily to make sure that it is drying evenly. After about a week, your buds should be crispy to the touch but not yet brittle. At this point, they are ready to be stored in a glass jar in a cool, dark place.
Enjoy your dried cannabis!