Curing your buds is a very important piece of the puzzle as it does a few things:
-Breaks down chlorophyll and drastically improves the taste.
-Gets rid of the unpleasant “fresh hay” or “cut grass” smell which is common on newly harvested buds.
-Brings out the flavors and unique smell of your Cannabis strain
-Reduces “harshness” in buds
-Well cured buds are less likely to cause anxiety, racing thoughts, or paranoia
-Reduces the chance of mold growing on your buds
-Curing seems to actually increase medicinal potency
The best place to store your buds when they are dry is in mason jars and you will probably need a few of them. Don’t pack them too tightly or you will increase your chances of developing mold.
Always label and date your curing jars so you know exactly what is going on. It’s also very important to weigh the buds so that you know exactly which strain and how much is in each Mason jar.
For the first couple of weeks it’s a good idea to open the jars for a few minutes every day to let them breathe. This will help to prevent mold. If you see any moisture building up inside the jars, the buds are still a bit too wet.
Often the buds will start to give off an ammonia smell if they have been jarred prematurely or are turning moldy. If you get even a whiff of this smell take them out and go back to drying them out a little further.
You could use Humidipaks which will keep the humidity in the jar at 62% which is ideal for curing Cannabis and they have been designed for that exact purpose. They are quite cheap too.
Generally about a month is a good time to cure your buds before you use them.
Any less than that and there is a good chance that there will be excess chlorophyll and the Terpene and Cannabinoid profile wouldn’t have quite settled into where it should be.
If your tent is empty you could dry them in there, otherwise these specially designed drying racks are perfect:
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