For cannabis cultivators across much of the world, harvest time is finally here.That glorious time of year when you get to revel in the results of your hard work and dedication over the past few months or so.
That said, there’s still work to be done to produce the kind of top-shelf cannabis you’ll be proud of. By following a strategic process of drying and curing, you’ll be looking at a series of invaluable benefits including:
- More pronounced flavours and aromas from every flower
- None of that unpleasant cut-grass taste associated with fresh buds
- A lower likelihood of anxiety and paranoia after a heavy session
- Smoother, less harsh smoke and a more enjoyable experience
- Improved potency and a heavy impact with every smoke
- Significantly lower likelihood of mould or bacteria growth
- A longer shelf life for your cannabis buds and less waste
Whichever way you look at it, a small price to pay for ensuring you cut, dry and cure your cannabis properly. In this instance, we’ll be focusing on the drying process. A seemingly simple responsibility that’s all too often hashed by amateurs and the impatient.
The good news being that getting the job done right isn’t nearly as complicated as you might think.
How to Dry Cannabis Flowers Like a Pro
In professional and amateur circles alike, everyone has their own preferred drying method. Just as long as you’re careful, pretty much any of the following methods can be effective. That said, it’s worth remembering that the faster you attempt to dry your cannabis flowers, the narrower the margin for error becomes.
The Brown Paper Bag Method
If you’re dealing with a surplus of popcorn buds, all you need to dry them is a handful of standard brown paper bags. Toss a few buds directly into a brown paper bag, fold the top down to create a loose seal and store them somewhere cool and dry for four or five days. Bear in mind that this is a seriously old-school approach to drying cannabis and isn’t nearly as sophisticated as more contemporary methods. It doesn’t necessarily result in the most mind-blowing flavour, but is nonetheless quick and effective.
The Electric Heater Method
If you need to dry relatively large amounts of cannabis in a short period of time, this could be the way to go. Hang your buds upside down in a dark room that has good air circulation. It’s then simply a case of installing an electric heater somewhere else in the room, in order to keep the ambient temperature at a minimum of 32° C. You’ll need to keep a close eye on humidity and air circulation, but provide the ideal conditions and your weed could be ready to use as quickly as the next day.
The Baking Method
Slightly dangerous but perfectly capable of delivering near-instant results, you could also brave the baking method. In this instance, all you need to do is place a single layer of buds on a baking sheet, set the oven to 55° C and bake them for 10 minutes – turning halfway through. Rather than ruining your harvest, it’s better to err on the side of caution and pull them out when they are slightly underdone, rather than overcooked.
The Silica Gel Method
Last but not least, there’s always the option of combining pretty much any traditional drying method with a handful of silica gel packs. Available all over the place for next to nothing, silica gel packs are designed to absorb moisture and keep everything in the surrounding space dry. Hence, positioning a few of these babies around your buds can only help speed up the drying process.