It’s often said that the best things in life are free. It’s also said that good things come to those who wait. The former of these two statements might not apply in this instance, but the latter certainly does. Particularly if you’re planning on picking up the best cannabis seeds money can buy, you may as well ensure the final result is as good as it can be.
Growing quality cannabis from seed is a time-consuming and potentially demanding labour of love. The satisfaction of harvesting a generous haul is beyond compare, but this is far from the end of the cannabis production process. Once you’ve appropriately dried your cannabis, it needs to be properly cured.
Why Cure Your Cannabis?
This is where your patience will be tested like never before. You’re sitting on a huge stash of quality cannabis you’ve grown yourself, but for the time being it’s out of bounds. As for why, it’s simply a case of maximising both the potency and the quality of your buds. To skip or rush the curing process is to run the risk of ending up with harsh, flavourless cannabis with a lower THC content. What’s more, curing also significantly extends the shelf life of your weed.
The science of the whole thing isn’t important – what matters is understanding why you need to cure your cannabis properly. Not to mention, how to get the job done like a pro. Irrespective of how long it takes, it’s a process you really cannot afford to approach haphazardly.
Cannabis Curing Best Practices
Exactly how long it takes to cure cannabis is determined by a variety of factors.Examples of which include the size and density of the buds, the humidity of the surrounding environment, the containers you use in the process and so on. As a result, there’s no specific rule as to how long it takes to cure cannabis. Your buds could be ready to use in as little as two weeks, or it could take a couple of months to get the job done.
The good news being that the curing process is actually relatively simple. Just as long as you’ve adequately dried and trimmed your buds ahead of time, the rest is comparatively easy. With dozens of storage containers having been tested over the years, the general consensus points to quality airtight glass jars as the best option for curing cannabis.
Ensure your jars are clean and sanitary, before tossing in your buds. Use a jar that leaves as little excess space as possible, though don’t be too heavy handed when cramming as many buds as you can into the jar. They should be relatively loosely packed, though with minimal air space at the top of the jar. It’s then simply a case of sealing the jar and placing it in a cool, dark and safe spot.
You’ll then need to retrieve the jar on a daily basis, open the lid in a room with balanced humidity and leave it open for around 15 minutes. This is a process known as ‘burping’ the cannabis, which ensures good air circulation and keeps humidity within the jar under control. Repeat this every day until your cannabis is ready.
After a couple of weeks, you’ll probably find that your cannabis is smokable.However, any additional time you allow your cannabis to cure beyond this will improve the flavour, potency and smoothness of the smoke. Test a few small bits if you simply cannot wait, but be sure to save the lion’s share of your stash for when it’s at its best.