Top 4 Reasons to Properly Dry and Cure your Homegrown Cannabis
Harvest time is upon us here in Northern California and it’s time to reap the benefits of several months of plant tending and hard work. Don’t ruin all that effort by neglecting two of the most important aspects of homegrown cannabis: drying and curing.
Allowing your cannabis to dry naturally in a controlled environment and then curing it in glass containers for several weeks or months will preserve all those delicious terpenes and cannabinoids you worked so hard to cultivate. Here are some of the reasons why you should always properly dry and cure your homegrown cannabis:
It improves flavor.
Freshly harvested and poorly dried cannabis has the smell and taste of grass or hay. The drying and curing process breaks down elements like chlorophyll allowing the true flavor of the strain to shine through.
It improves smoothness.
Improperly dried cannabis creates a harsh smoke that can easily irritate your mouth, throat and lungs. The time provided by drying and curing reduces this harshness so your homegrown is as smooth and mellow as any professional cultivator’s.
It increases potency.
During the curing process, your flowers will continue to convert THCA into THC. Rapid or improper drying and curing halts this process creating buds of a lower potency.
It reduces risk of contamination.
Ensuring your cannabis is properly dried before storing vastly reduces the risk of mold and mildew ruining your precious buds. When curing, don’t skip steps. Make sure fresh air is introduced and moist air released regularly during the process.