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Drying and Curing

Drying and curing marijuana buds

The final two steps you will need to do before you can smoke your harvest is to adequately dry and cure it. Drying your bud typically takes anywhere from 5 days to 2 or even 3 weeks, depending on where you dry it, the humidity of the area you’re in, etc. Obviously, temperate climates will allow weed to dry faster than a humid or muggy climate. The curing process is slightly longer and can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months - or really as long as you want to cure your buds. Some growers even let their buds cure 6 months or more.

Drying

Before you hang your colas up to dry, you will want to check out the manicuring section of this website. Remove the fan leaves by cutting them off and save these for hash-making or butter. The best place to hang your freshly harvested bud is in a cool, dark place with plenty of ventilation. A closet will suffice if it is slightly open at both ends and you have a fan aimed towards it. Check your drying buds on a daily basis for signs of mildew or mold. If either of these happen to be present, remove the affected area, discard and add more ventilation. You will not want to have the fan blowing directly on your colas however, as this can dry them too fast and cause them to taste harsh. Once you can hear the stem crackle when you bend them, the buds will be finished drying and you are now ready to jar them.

Another way you can dry buds is to utilize the paper bag method. For this, you will need at least one brown grocery bag, depending on the quantity of your yield. Place the manicured and dried buds no more than 4 inches deep in a brown bag. Do not shove them in the bag. You want them to be lightly layered so as to allow maximum air flow between the buds. Leave the top of the bag open and check on them daily for signs of mold and mildew. Also, it is a good idea to rotate the buds daily so they receive even air flow. Once the buds have compacted down on their own, you may close the top of the bag. At this point, the buds will be able to be smoked, but may be slightly wet in the middle. You’re now ready to cure if you've done either this method or the hanging method.

Curing

Curing allows the bud to obtain its full flavor and aroma. To cure your medication, loosely place the buds in an airtight jar (you may need more than one) such as a mason jar, and check on it daily for 7 to 10 days, burping the jars for at least a half-hour every day during this time. Many growers like to burp the jars 6 to 8 times a day for around 2 or 3 minutes each time. After a week, you do not need to burp the jars as much or even at all, but rather simply check them for signs of mold or mildew. Depending on your taste, you may cure the bud anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks or even more. At this point, your medication is ready to be ingested. Enjoy!

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Kingkhavi | Feb 26, 2011
 
I simple recommend manicuring your bud and taking care of your bud to the best of your ability. Manicuring is very important to me. After I agree to hang in a cool place maybe even dark like a basement. Then after about 2 weeks I would stored them in jars that are sealed tight and burp them every now and then at more in the beginning.I dont recommend the paper bag especially for large quantities . Small quantities or shake I do agree.
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Chief | Mar 3, 2011
 
So what do you recommend for large quantities if not paper bags?
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818king | Mar 7, 2011
 
just cure for at least 2 weeks to get some flavor mason jars work best! and open them every other day to move the buds around so they all cure the same!
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HolyKush | Mar 7, 2011
 
I would have to agree with the paper bag method. I have used it myself a few times and it works great. I put some in a grocery sized paper bag as soon as it is trimmed. It seems to work best when you make sure there is air movement in the bag. Make sure to check it and mix it around every few hours depending on moisture.
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smokestack | Mar 10, 2011
 
There is really nothing worse than improperly cured and dried buds. It can ruin your awesome crop and turn fire it to garbage. It always pays to be diligent and take the time and energy to doing it right. This method is perfect, dry but not too dry. Why go though the whole growing process if your going to half ass the last step? Remember never smoke moldy buds.
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Guest | Mar 12, 2011
 
I agree better to be patient and get the best bud possible by properly curing and drying them. I must say that you are right smokestack!
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PhilosopherOG | Mar 12, 2011
 
I tried growing and curing these stinky buds that had been growing for months. I was impatient and took them down to early. I guess I was also ignorant cause I could have easily looked the process up online but thought it was pretty much common sense. To my dismay, the buds ended up mouldy and wet. They also tasted and smelled like hay. I had to throw it all away.
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CannabisGril | Mar 13, 2011
 
This is a great article and I agree. Just another simple fact to remember is to try and not dry it in a barn around straw. If you do it turns out with a very funky, bad, and hard smell.
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Medicator | Mar 14, 2011
 
I didn't know the proper way to dry and cure my plants last season. I talked to a few friend who had some experience and they told me a week in the closet was enough. The buds were super stoney but if I'd tried the techniques mentioned here they probably would have been twice as nice. I will keep the information in mind for harvesting this year. Glad to have the good advice.
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CannaConnoisseur | Mar 14, 2011
 
Curing simply enhances the potency and flavor of the buds, but like the article said, you can smoke them after drying, it's just not recommended if you want the best buds possible.
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gbennett1 | Mar 19, 2011
 
There is nothing worse to habing a great harvest and to have it ruined by a shitty curing method. I have seen people cure there product to fast resulting in a bud that was to fresh , now smell, and just was very weak.
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Marijuanamama | Mar 19, 2011
 
I do know that it all depends on the curing of the product, I'm not an expert grower never done more than a couple of babies for me and I learned real quick don't rush the drying out or curing stage, it will effect your quality. take a deep breath and give them time..
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sbsdewb | Mar 19, 2011
 
I've grown for years, far too many to mention and it is all in the drying when it comes to quality. If you don't let the buds dry naturally and at the right rate they will be shit. So patience will definitely be worth the wait.
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SkillitHits247 | Mar 20, 2011
 
The drying and curing process has got to be the most crucial and important factor when it comes to the taste and potency of your buds. When storing them drying, I have found using a cardboard box cut with medium/large hole on 2 opposite sides to allow air flow to pass through and cotton string across the top sides of the box about 3-4 inches space apart for the buds to be hung on the string carefully and closing the top flaps of the box, this will help keep the humidity level between 40-60% (best for drying is close/around 50%, above 60% can cause mold) Keeping the box in a dark, good air-flowing closet or bathroom is most sufficient, minimal light is ok but good air flow is a must.
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Guest | Mar 22, 2011
 
if your grow room humitity n temp r right ,and u have harvested, its the best place to dry, considering ur not ready to start bloom again. n a week to 10 days u should b ready to take outer stems (WITH BUDS) off main stem. Place them in the cardboard tray/box you get off the bottom of a case of water,allow to dry flipping buds every couple hours(give or take) UNTIL STEMS SNAP ( NOT BEND ) , SNAP/BREAK. Then do your trim of excess leaf n stem n place n turkey / oven bag. allow to cure 1 week to 1 month burping bag often at beginning and less as smell taste and quality gets better n better !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOLLOW THE RECIPE N REMEMBER ...LESS IS BEST !!!!!
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Flower22 | Mar 28, 2011
 
Great read and truly a very informational read
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SkillitHits247 | Mar 28, 2011
 
Right, Guest, about the curing (forgot to mention the curing crucial points) the burping process is a very crucial factor when it comes to the smell and taste of your buds. Since, you will be burping the jar/bag several times a day, each time you open it you will notice the change and improvement of your bud and will just know when it is ready... I prefer the curing in a glass jar for air tightness.
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Ha-Y-N Boi In CO | Mar 29, 2011
 
thanks for the tips guys and gals...i am new to indoor growing and i would have been screwed if not for the help that some of you have given...i am in my curing stage now, i have some good northern lights and OG kush almost ready to go!
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CannaConnoisseur | Mar 29, 2011
 
Nice, OG is one of my favorites, I just began curing my OG. Unfortunately I had to pull her a week early, but the buds are still pretty decent. I've heard a lot of good things about the meds in CO from my boy out there. Which NL did you grow? #5 is my personal favorite.
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lindzzz | Apr 3, 2011
 
This is a nice guide for drying and curing. It is so crucial to the health and potency of your cannabis. The other day I had some Trainwreck that smelled like pumpkin and it was very wet, I think it was cured improperly or maybe it was moldy. Either way I was too afraid to try it.
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happygrow | Apr 19, 2011
 
Great information to have. I am in the bloom stage and would not have a clue as to how to dry or cure. This is my first grow and I want to do it properly all the way though. Thanks!
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Guest | May 4, 2011
 
Dry for two to six weeks? I've grown many times in the mile high city, and it's only ever taken my stuff 2-4 days to dry in a closet. Granted, I grow sativa dominant strains...indica would take longer. The goal is to get your weight to about half the (fresh cut) wet weight, then I put mine into jars of some kind. Mason jars are great, but you could re-purpose pickle jars, use food storage jars, etc. I usually cure for at least two weeks in jars, opening the jars a few times daily and fanning my hand over the top to exchange the air and let the humidity out. This step is crucial during the first week, less as time goes on. Remember, once you put your 'crispy' buds into the jar, the moisture still present inside the buds will come out, and opening the jars a few times a day will let that escape. I usually don't move the buds around in there...the more you handle them the more damaged they get. Properly curing your buds allows the cannibinoids present to reach their full potential, as well as ensuring the best taste.
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CannaConnoisseur | May 6, 2011
 
I also like to not water them for 2 or 3 days before I harvest, which speeds up the drying process.
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Guest | May 15, 2011
 
Does anyone know how long it takes to dry and cure Northern Lights?
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CannaConnoisseur | May 18, 2011
 
Depends on your humidity, how soon you watered it before harvesting, temperature, et cetera. It's not so dependent on strains (unless the buds are particularly large or dense) as it is the conditions of your environment. Good luck to you, NL is an amazing bud.
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Guest | Aug 15, 2012
 
what about oven bags that you cook a turkey in? my friend used those basically how your explaining the paper bag method his buds always turned out amazing but im not finding any info on how to do it properly i mean i watched and helped him with the entire growing, drying, and curing process but im a little fuzzy on how long exactly he kept the buds in the oven bag. i really liked his method and i would ask him but i lost contact with him in the last year. im growing outdoor i also had the question of the size of the room for the drying process `i read something on how it should be around the same size room you grew in...but does that still stand for out door? this is my first grow. my plants just started flowering and i want to be as fully informed on the last step as i possibly can ive been talking to many people but i feel like it would be nice to see what people on this site have to say.
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Guest | Oct 9, 2012
 
Should I burp everyday 1 time a day for 30 mins a day or everyday for 10 mins 2 times a day??? and after 2 weeks I only need to check once everyday few days for mold or mildew right ???
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Guest | Oct 11, 2012
 
Jars are best because they allow for more air space around your buds. Also the glass works better because it dissipates the outside temp of the jar, plastic bags cause hot spots were your buds touch the thin bag. it promotes mold at these hot spots. The process is to draw the moister from the inside of the bud, to the outside there for equalizing the moister in the bud and releasing the excess out of the jar. If concerned about mold, place a few small holes in the lid. Thursty
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Guest | Oct 11, 2012
 
If your buds are bone dry when you put them in jars your not going to get much out of the process. Thursty
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Guest | Oct 28, 2012
 
I dry-cure the first couple of days in A window seal then place in big plastic bag for 1 week or a little longer with top un-zipped moving buds around daily,then scence I harvest in stages I place a fresh bud in with cured for couple of days,that gives nice scunky smell and taste then just keep in zip lock 2/3 the way zipped for storage.
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Guest | Nov 8, 2012
 
Iv grown a beautiful chem dog I'm in the process of drying and the buds smell almost sour it's going away a little bit the more I dry it. It's not a mold smell. No earthy tones more of an ammonia but not quite ammonia. Im worried the buds will stay like this when I put them in jars to cure.
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Guest | Dec 13, 2012
 
im new at growing i dried my bud for 4 days cause when i went to test the stem it snapped right away i cut them and jared them and everything its been 4 days now can i smoke it on the 5 day or is that to early?
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Guest | Dec 13, 2012
 
this is my first time growing so im not sure about a couple things ive dried it for like 4 days because i went to test the stem and snapped completly so ive been curing for 4 days and i want to know if i can smoke it on the 5th day or would that be to early?
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Guest | Dec 13, 2012
 
this is my first time growing so im not sure about a couple things ive dried it for like 4 days because i went to test the stem and snapped completly so ive been curing for 4 days and i want to know if i can smoke it on the 5th day or would that be to early?
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Guest | Dec 15, 2012
 
bud is like bergina.do not dry your weed in plastic bags,you could hang the buds to dry on other tall leafy plants (make sure the leafs are hiding the buds and not touching them)after drying the diamonds store them in plastic medicine bottles for 2 to 7 days (try a piece for a few hours if your sceptical .then store them in the glass jars with the rubber seal,when you open the jar every now and then make sure the buds get fresh air and not from your stinky room or else it wont work same goes for the drying process
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Guest | Jan 10, 2013
 
currently hang drying my buds, first timer here, with the smaller buds seeing as they will dry faster then the big beefy buds....should i start to jar all the small buds or wait and jar all the herb at the same time?