Harvesting, Drying, and Curing Your Homegrown Cannabis
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You're already one step ahead of the game if you're growing cannabis at home.
But what should you do when it comes time to harvest those lovely buds?
Worry not. We got you!
BudClub USA has compiled this ultimate guide to help you maximize your harvest and enjoy some tasty, potent buds.
When it's time for cannabis harvesting, make sure you're going to do it at the right time.
You want to wait until the majority of the trichomes--those little resinous glands that give your bud its potency--have turned cloudy or amber and the pistils--those little hairs--have turned orange or brown.
To see more clearly, use a magnifying lens.
Make sure you're cutting in the right spot next; you want to get as close to the branch as possible without really cutting it.
Be sure to handle them with care without touching them too much! Over-contact can damage these delicate trichomes.
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Now, let's move on to the next step--drying cannabis.
This removes excess moisture to prevent mold or mildew from developing.
Hang your buds upside down in a dark, dry, and well-ventilated area.
Ensure the temperature is around 60-70°F and humidity is about 45-55%.
To circulate the air, you can also use a fan. Just be careful not to blow directly on the buds.
Depending on your environmental conditions, it can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days.
Check daily and ensure they're drying evenly.
After about a week, your buds should feel dry on the outside and snap when you break them apart.
Finally, it's curing cannabis time!
This is the process of storing your dried buds in a controlled environment to preserve their flavor and potency further.
Place them in airtight jars, and store them in a cool and dark place.
Open the jars just enough every day for a week or two to allow out any excess moisture and to re-oxygenate the container.
After that, open the jars occasionally to monitor the humidity levels.
Your homegrown cannabis should be completely cured and ready to smoke after a few weeks.
Wrapping It Up
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And there you have it, Budees!
Our expert tips on how to harvest, dry, and cure your homegrown cannabis like a pro.
By following these awesome tips, you're sure to have those top-quality buds you can enjoy!
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