There is no big secret to producing high quality cannabis – the best buds are a combination of quality genetics, meticulous cultivation, properly timed harvest, and a slow and steady cure.After investing time, patience and love into the growing process, curing is critical to achieving the most flavourful, smooth, and potent bud. Essentially, curing helps cannabis flowers reach their full potential.
What Is Curing?
Curing is a preservation process that has been utilized for thousands of years to preserve vegetables, fruits and meat, but how does it apply to cannabis?
Curing cannabis is a process that “locks in” flavour, smell, potency and terpenes and creates a smoother smoke. Speaking scientifically, proper curing stops the degradation of cannabis before volatile compounds, such as terpenes and cannabinoids, evaporate or turn into less desirable compounds. When cannabis is kept at the proper temperature and humidity it allows cannabinoids to develop into THCa, a precursor to the more commonly known cannabinoid THC.
The Curing Process
Curing cannabis is performed by placing fully dried and trimmed buds into an airtight container and storing it in a cool, dark place. Glass containers are preferable to plastic containers as the trichomes do not stick to glass. Containers are then “burped”, or opened daily, to introduce fresh oxygen, and release evaporated compounds. Curing should be performed for a minimum of four weeks, although curing cannabis for eight weeks or longer produces even better buds.
It’s Worth the Wait
Every cannabis cultivator looks forward to that first puff of their homegrown bud but be patient and wait for the bud to properly cure. Cannabis is not ready to be smoked immediately after drying, as it needs to release unwanted compounds and fully develop its cannabinoid and terpene profile. Trust us, you will be glad you waited.