Looking to learn how to hang dry cannabis? You’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about this important drying method.
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The Benefits of Hang Drying
Hang drying is a slow and steady drying method that preserves more of the terpene profile, taste, and aroma of your cannabis. Many growers believe that hang drying also helps preserve cannabinoids like THC. While there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, it is possible that hang drying does preserve more of the THC in cannabis due to the slow nature of the drying process.
The Process of Hang Drying
Hang drying is a process of drying cannabis that allows for slow, even drying which preserves thequality of your bud. The key to a successful hang dry is to avoid letting your buds get too dry or too humid.
Step One: Cut Down the Plant
After you’ve chosen which plant or plants you want to hang dry, it’s time to cut them down. Cut the plant at the stem, as close to the base as possible. You can use a sharp knife or garden shears for this. If you’re hang drying a lot of plants, it might be easier to cut them down with pruning shears.
Be extra careful not to damage the buds while you’re cutting down the plants. Once they’re cut, gently shake off any excess dirt and debris. Try not to touch the buds too much, as this can damage them
Step Two: Trim the Buds
After the flowers have been properly dried, it’s time to trim the buds. This process can be done with a pair of sharp scissors or a rotary trimmer. Be sure to remove any large fan leaves or stems that will make smoking uncomfortable.
Once the buds have been trimmed, they are ready to be cured. Curing is an important step in the process that allows the cannabis to develop its full flavor potential and maximum potency.
Step Three: Hang the Buds Upside Down
You want to start by hanging the smaller fan leaves upside down on a drying line or wire. Space the fan leaves out as much as possible to ensure good air circulation around them. If you have bulky colas, you can cut them in half lengthwise to help them dry more evenly.
Once all of your leaves are on the line, find a warm, dry spot out of direct sunlight to hang your creation. A laundry room or closet is often a good place to set up your dryer, just make sure any air vents are fully open. You should see some initial results within a day or two, but give your buds at least a week to ensure they’re completely dried out.
Step Four: Check on the Buds Daily
Once your buds are hanging, you’ll want to check on them daily to ensure that they’re drying properly. The ideal humidity level for hang-drying is between 55% and 65%. If the humidity levels in your drying space are too high, your buds will dry too slowly and could develop mold or mildew. If the humidity levels are too low, your buds will dry too quickly and could become brittle.
To check the humidity levels in your drying space, you can use a hygrometer. A hygrometer is a small, inexpensive tool that measures the amount of moisture in the air. You can find hygrometers at most hardware stores or online.
If the humidity levels in your drying space are too high, you can try opening a window or turning on a fan to help circulate the air and lower the humidity levels. If the humidity levels are too low, you can try adding a bowl of water to your space to help raise the humidity levels.
Once you’ve checked the humidity levels in your drying space, take a look at your buds. Buds that are drying properly will slowly shrink in size and will become less dense and more brittle over time. Once your buds have shrunk by about half of their original size and feel dry to the touch, they’re ready to be trimmed and cured!
Step Five: Dry the Buds until the Stems Snap
The next step is to dry your cannabis until the stems snap. Many people choose to hang their cannabis upside down for this purpose, as it allows for better airflow and even drying. You can also lay your buds out on a drying rack or screen, though you will need to be careful not to overcrowd the space and to turn the buds regularly for even drying. Whichever method you choose, make sure that your drying area is well-ventilated and free of drafts, as too much airflow can cause your buds to dry too quickly and become crispy. The ideal humidity level for a drying room is between 50% and 60%.
It generally takes between 4 and 7 days for cannabis to dry completely. Once the stems snap cleanly when bent, your buds are ready to be moved to the curing process.
The Proper Storage of Hang Dried Cannabis
When it comes to storinghang dried cannabis, there are a few things you need to know in order to do it correctly. If you don’t store your cannabis properly, it can end up drying out, which will make it less potent and less enjoyable. There are a few different ways to store cannabis, but the most important thing is to keep it in a cool, dark place.
Step One: Find the Right Storage Container
The first step in properly storing your hang dried cannabis is to find the right kind of storage container. The three main types of storage containers are mason jars, zip-lock bags, and tupperware containers. All three of these containers will work fine, but mason jars are the best option because they allow for better airflow.
If you’re using a mason jar, make sure to put some holes in the lid so that air can circulate. If you’re using a zip-lock bag, make sure to leave it open a little bit so that air can circulate. If you’re using a tupperware container, make sure to put a paper towel over the top so that air can circulate.
Once you’ve found the right storage container, it’s time to move on to step two.
Step Two: Place the Dried Cannabis in the Container
Now that your cannabis is dry, it’s time to store it in an airtight container. We recommend using a glass mason jar with a rubber seal. Place the dried cannabis in the jar, and screw on the lid tightly. You can store your cannabis in a cool, dark place like a cupboard or drawer.
Step Three: Store in a Cool, Dry, and Dark Place
Once your cannabis is fully dry, it’s time to store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry, and dark place. We prefer using glass mason jars with tight-fitting lids. You could also use a Tupperware container or something similar. Do not use a plastic baggie as your storage container because cannabis needs to be able to breathe a little bit.
Storing your cannabis in an airtight container will help to keep it fresh for longer. Make sure to label your containers with the date that the cannabis was harvested and the strain name so that you can keep track of how long it has been stored.
Cannabis that is properly stored can be kept for up to six months, but it is best consumed within the first three months for the best flavor and potency.