Your weed is ready for harvesting, and so you also need to prepare for drying and curing. In this post, you’ll learn how to dry weed the right way. Get the most out of your crops by drying your cannabis buds the best way possible.
How to Dry Weed
1. Harvesting and Trimming
Once your marijuana plants are ready to harvest, drying and curing would start. A lot of people prefer cutting off a branch, trimming of chunks of flowers, and trimming the leaves from the marijuana buds. This procedure hastens the drying time.
A drying rack can be used to directly trim the buds, neatly trimming off the bud leaves after drying. Save time trimming the leaves by investing in a trimming machine.
Check out these tips when harvesting and trimming buds:
- Once the buds are trimmed, the next step is transferring them to a dark room.
- Make sure that there’s no sunlight coming in.
- The temperature of the darkroom should range from 60°F to 70°F and 45 to 55 percent humidity levels.
- You can use a dehumidifier to maintain the humidity levels. Using an air conditioner is important to maintain the temperature.
- Improve ventilation using a small fan.
2. Dry Your Weed in the Sun
It is called the Sun Dry Method, which is one of the best ways to dry weed the right way. While this method is not the fastest, it is used for quick drying cannabis. Place the cannabis buds inside a brown paper bag before placing them under the sun to remove humidity. It will help dry your weed completely.
When it’s hot outdoors, drying your cannabis under the sun is highly recommended. It provides a quick fix wherein the weed is ready and dry after two days when the air isn’t humid. The drawback of this method includes the destruction of the terpenes by the sun, giving your weed its unique scent, dissolving the cannabinoids when a user gets high.
3. Hanging Your Cannabis to Dry
You can hang your cannabis upside down to dry them quickly. Hang them in a dark heated room, setting the temperature to about 92°F. Check on your weed regularly, making the necessary adjustments as needed. You can increase the airflow of the room if it is too humid by setting a constant temperature. Also, make sure that all parts of your cannabis are heated evenly.
4. Dry Your Weed Using Gas-Powered or Electric Heater
It’s suitable for drying cannabis in large amounts using either a gas-powered or electric heater. Make sure that you’ll use a well ventilated and dry room. Inspect the buds and make sure that they’re not too close together because it may cause mold growth.
When they’re too close together, the mold will spread very fast. It will spoil the weed, which makes your buds almost unmarketable. Using a heater is a great way to dry cannabis fast. But make sure that your buds won’t dry too fast because you could end up having a harsh tasting weed.
5. Using Brown Bags
For those who are running low on cannabis and are not patient enough to slowly dry their weed, using brown bags helps shorten the drying process. By using this drying method, drying weed would only take a few days rather than weeks. For small or popcorn-sized buds, using brown paper bags can be effective in drying your cannabis.
Put two to three newly harvested buds inside the bag, leaving it in a cool place for about three to six days. Remove the weed from the bag after the 6th day, and your weed is ready for consumption. Also, your laptop emits heat and can be used to dry weed. Place your cannabis-filled brown bag on top of your laptop vent wherein the heat is dispensed. Turn your bag after 10 minutes and repeat the steps several times.
When your weed is almost ready, you’ll feel the dryness upon touching. Dry your weed using this method close to an hour. Remember that this method may cause cannabis to taste slightly harsh. Also, it’s a quick and easy way to dry your weed.
6. Dry Your Weed by Baking the Buds
Decarboxylation or baking your buds is one of the quickest ways to dry cannabis. You need an oven tray or a cookie sheet works and your desired buds. Place the cannabis on the tray and place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. The temperature should be set at a range of 125° to 140°F. After five minutes, flip the buds, place them again to the oven, and then repeat this procedure once.
Drying your weed using this method is a good idea, which won’t impact the potency of cannabis. Also, it helps remove the water in your cannabis. However, you should not compare the taste of the weed dried using this method to slowly dried buds. Also, be careful as you might burn the buds instead of drying them, so never set the oven temperature more than 150°F.
How to Check If Your Weed is Dry
To make sure that your cannabis is dry, leave them for about 5 to 15 days. It’s important to check signs of mold every day. Also, avoid over-drying your buds. Rotate the nugs every day to ensure they’re surely drying evenly and hold them in the stem to prevent breakage.
For seasoned growers, one can tell that the buds are dry by looking at it. Also, you can touch them too and tell them if they are dry. If the branches snap and the flowers are crisp, you have dried buds and are ready for curing.
There are other ways to dry weed the right way. The method you use will depend on your needs, such as how soon you need a dry bud and the desired scent, dryness, and effects. You can dry weed under the sun or the sundry method, using a brown paper bag, a heater, hanging them, trimming them, and other means discussed above.