We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again - the best things in life come to those who wait. This is perhaps one of the most important of all lessons to learn where cannabis cultivation is concerned. The more time and effort you invest in the process, the richer the rewards when your project reaches fruition.
Nevertheless, it’s far from uncommon for impatience to get the better of novice cannabis cultivators. The cannabis curing process often feels like it’s taking forever, but really isn’t something you can afford to rush.
Why Take the Time to Cure Your Cannabis?
The benefits of properly curing cannabis are wide-reaching. The more effectively you cure your cannabis, the more flavourful, aromatic and potent it becomes. In addition, curing cannabis significantly extends the shelf life of the flowers you harvest.
Just to get one thing straight - curing and drying cannabis are two entirely different things. If you start smoking your bud immediately after drying it out, you’ll be treated to a harsh unsatisfying experience at best. You’ll also find that your freshly-dried cannabis isn’t much use after a couple of weeks or so.
By contrast, expertly-cured cannabis sometimes has a shelf life of several months.
This is why no matter how much of a rush you may be in, it’s worth exercising patience for a little while longer. And on that note, the longer you can hold out, the better.
Cannabis Curing Done Correctly
For the impatient cannabis cultivators, the only issue of importance is how long the whole thing takes. Unfortunately, there’s no concrete answer to the question.Depending on a whole bunch of variables, the curing process can take anything from three weeks up to around four months. You’ll have something you can technically smoke after a couple of weeks, but hold out for as long as possible and you won’t regret it.
On the plus side, curing cannabis like a pro is actually pretty easy. Once your buds are sufficiently dry, it’s simply a case of packing them into suitable jars, sealing them tightly, popping the jars in a cool and dark space and removing the lids for 30 minutes each day to maintain appropriate air and humidity levels.
Pack the buds into the jars snugly but never too tightly, leaving minimal space between the top layer of buds and the lid. As the weeks go by, you’ll notice your cannabis flowers taking on an entirely different fragrance profile than at the time you packed them away.
When Your Weed is Properly Cured
Identifying when cannabis is properly cured and ready for use is more about texture and appearance. Assuming the buds are of decent quality and have been tried and cured correctly, they will be spongy and sticky to the touch. They will be relatively easy to break apart by hand, though shouldn’t be too dry or crumbly.
You’ll also know your cannabis is good to go by its fragrance. Fresh cannabis flowers prior to curing often emit a relatively pronounced ‘fresh grass’ fragrance, due to the presence of high quantities of chlorophyll. This will eventually disappear during the curing process, being replaced by that quintessential cannabis smell you know and love.
In a Nutshell…
Taking the time to properly cure cannabis is all about maximising the value of your investment. After all, if you’ve taken the time to cultivate quality from scratch, surely you can hold out a few more weeks while your freshly harvested flowers do their thing…right?