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Right after all the plants have been harvested, it is time to manicure them. Manicuring is simply cutting off the leaves that were growing from the buds. Cut off all the leaves surrounding the bud, so that just the bud remains. Work over a glass table or some kind of smooth flat surface. This will make it easy to collect all the material that has been cut away from the buds. It is lower in THC than the buds, but rather than throw it away, you can use it to make hash oil. When manicuring the buds, use a pair of scissors with small blades (to reach hard to get leaves) that is comfortable on your hands. If you have a small crop, you can handle the plants with you bare hands. With a large crop, wear powder free latex gloves. The latex gloves will collect trichome resin in a similar manner to the way live marijuana plants are rubbed to make hashish. The latex gloves have to be powder free or the powder will get mixed into the resin. Do not touch anything other than the plants once you have put the gloves on. If you have to do something, remove the gloves you are wearing and put them in a plastic bag, prior to doing whatever it is that has to be done. When finished, put on a pair of new gloves. Material on the first pair can be collected later. When you are finished manicuring all the plants, remove the gloves and place them in a plastic bag (to catch resin that drops off). Put the plastic bag with the gloves in a freezer for 2-3 hours. The trichome resin can easily be peeled from the frozen latex gloves and consumed the same way you would use hashish. If absolutely necessary, you can wait to manicure the buds. However, the job will take more time if you wait. Manicuring right after the plants are harvested will also speed the drying process. Instead smoking marijuana directly after it is harvested and manicured, it is best to dry and cure it. Some new growers might be in such a rush to try the marijuana that they don't want to dry the crop, or they might be tempted to put buds in a microwave oven to dry them out.
Drying marijuana After Harvest You probably don't want to smoke marijuana that is harsh and bad tasting. If you do not take time to dry the bud, you will not get the best possible smell and taste your crop is capable of producing. Proper drying and curing will also ensure maximum potency of the marijuana you have grown. marijuana is not potent just after harvest. Some of the THC is in a non-psychoactive acidic form. Drying marijuana the right way will convert the non-psychoactive acidic compounds into psychoactive THC.
At humidity levels lower than 45%. There are also humidifiers that allow you to switch between warm or cool mist. To be safe you can get a humidifier that lets you switch between warm and cool mist. To control humidity. temperature should be between 65-75 degrees F. Keep a hygrometer and a thermometer in the drying area. you can set aside buds that are less than 1/2 gram for smoking. Depending on the time of year and your location. Try smoking a small bud (1/2 gram or less) in a joint to be sure it is dry enough. while larger buds cure. close to the plants. In most cases a cool mist will work best. Some hygrometers have built in thermometers so you can measure the temperature and humidity together.The area where the drying is done should be dark. A good way to dry the crop is to hang the buds upside-down by the stem. a dehumidifier can lower humidity and a humidifier can be used to raise humidity. There are warm mist humidifiers and cool mist humidifiers. the marijuana will take a long time to dry. At temperatures lower than 65 degrees. the heat will cause the outer portion of the bud to dry quicker than the inner part. If necessary. the marijuana will dry too fast and the taste will suffer. Warm mist models will actually heat the water and release warm humidity. drying time will be lengthened. Cool mist water isn't cooled. it might ruin all of your crop. A gentle breeze that circulates over all the plants is necessary. this will lower the potency of the finished product. it just means that water is not heated. Light and high temperatures (higher than about 80 degrees) will cause THC to break down into less desirable chemicals. and reducing the chances of mold. from some string or wire. You will know when the marijuana is dry if the stems snap or break (rather than fold) when they are bent. A fan or two will circulate air within the drying room. small buds will be dry enough to smoke. If you are going to purchase a humidifier for this purpose. relative humidity should be between 45%-55%. Conditions should remain constantly somewhere within the following ranges. At temperatures higher than 75 degrees. At this time. The drying marijuana must have some circulation blowing over it at all times. . a heater or an air conditioner may be necessary to adjust the temperature. At humidity levels higher than 55%. If mold starts and is allowed to grow. and it will be prone to mold. and the taste will suffer. A warm mist humidifier will raise the temperature while a cool mist humidifier will not affect the temperature. A hygrometer will allow you to keep an eye on the relative humidity level in the room and a thermometer will display the temperature. You will have to keep the temperature and humidity within a certain range for optimal results. Mold looks like white fuzz and has an odor that is unpleasant. But larger buds should be cured (slow dried) to ensure that the marijuana is as potent and tasty as possible. take your climate into consideration and buy an appropriate humidifier. Fans will aid in drying the plants evenly. Curing marijuana It will take at least a week or two to dry the crop with temperatures between 65-75 degrees F and relative humidity between 45%-55%.
have no negative effect on the taste. so that mold will not grow when the buds are stored long term. They have a rubber seal and hold 2 or more ounces of marijuana per one quart jar. And remember that to preserve marijuana potency at a maximum level. Personally. humidity itself will not degrade the THC or make the marijuana any less potent. If stored in a dark area that is between 40-55 degrees F. Dry marijuana can be stored in a frost-free freezer. at regular 4-12 hour intervals. even vacuum sealed marijuana can eventually become as humid as the surrounding air. keep any exposure to air. If the marijuana is to be stored for more than a few months. Store the containers in a dark area where the temperature is between 50-65 degrees and the humidity is between 40%-60%. without having to keep opening them to release moisture. If you place the marijuana in a see through container. you will need one or more containers made out of glass or plastic. and the THC will have reached a point where it is ready to be ingested or stored. They are not air tight. Some people say plastic can impart a taste to the marijuana. you can use a vacuum sealer (designed for storing food) to seal the marijuana in an airtight environment. The taste will be as good as it can be. A refrigerator is in the right temperature range but they tend to be humid (unless you can control the humidity). plastic containers that some types of roll your own tobacco are sold in. Keep up this routine for 710 days. wipe it off. This will ensure that different parts of the buds are exposed to the air in the container. If stored in an area of high humidity for months or years. You can keep any marijuana that will be consumed within a few months (1 year maximum) in the same containers used for curing. This will necessitate drying it again before smoking. Always make sure to properly dry your marijuana prior to storage. If any moisture builds up on the inside of the cap on your container. the marijuana in vacuum sealed plastic will remain potent for up to 5 years. Gently place your marijuana in the containers (cut buds to size if the are too big to fit in the container) and put the top on. Do this preferably 2-6 times daily. Also. The aim of what you are doing is evenly finishing the slow dry process. large (over 40 quarts) plastic storage boxes are recommended. if you grow your own or if the stuff you have is very moist. so dark containers can be used for storage. Containers that have a rubber seal work best. You will have to open the containers for a few minutes to allow moisture to escape by fanning with your hand. but will do the job when smaller air tight containers are not practical. When curing quantities in excess of a few pounds. and light at a minimum.The cure lasts a week or two. it will have to be located in a dark area that is not exposed to light or high temperatures. When properly dried. To cure the crop. any remaining inactive THC will be converted to active THC (that increases potency). heat. unless mold develops. but some of the THC on the outer part of the buds may be damaged when frozen. But. One quart canning jars do a very good job if you are curing a few pounds or less. but any type of container with a tight fitting lid will do. You should also re-arrange the buds by giving them a quarter-turn once a day. by the end of the cure. . Light will degrade some of the THC. marijuana will burn evenly when smoked in a joint (if stems are removed).
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