The Post-Harvest Process for Cannabis

Drying

There are two common types of drying methods. One involves hanging plants to dry, while the other places buds on a mesh drying rack. There are other methods such as freeze drying or ice drying, but these are the most common. Hang-drying involves cutting branches and hanging them upside down with string, clothes hangers, etc. Some people even hang whole plants upside down to dry. Others cut the plant into small stems or cut buds off and place them on a mesh drying rack.

Trimming

Prior to curing your cannabis, your flowers should be trimmed. Trimming involves removing the sugar leaves from the flower. Sugar leaves are the small leaves that grow out of cannabis buds or colas. They are covered in trichomes that tend to look like grains of white sugar, hence the name sugar leaves. Once you remove them a perfectly manicured bud is left. As with drying, there are several ways to trim flowers depending on preference. The main differences involve the time and process of trimming.

Curing

Once your buds are dried and trimmed they should be stored in a sealed container in a controlled environment to cure. Mason jars are one of the most common and easy-to-find containers. Jars should be filled up ¾ of the way full with buds and stored in a dark environment between 60–70 degrees with around 60 percent humidity. Curing is perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of the growing process. However, curing will create a product that is able to be stored without worrying about degradation of cannabinoids, terpenes, or any other volatile compounds.

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