If you have ever tried to grow your own cannabis, then you know that this process is not the same as growing daisies in the backyard. There are so many details and nuances that can influence the final result, so much time, energy, effort, and money you spend on it, that once you try to grow your weed, you will never complain about its price anymore.
And one of the most crucial moments is the right curing and storage. Who wants to grow a wonderful crop and then ruin it completely by neglecting the appropriate conditions after harvesting? In fact, it is very easy to damage weed while curing; that is why you should pay extra attention to the relative humidity (RH) in the room or tank where you keep your flowers.
Humidity is the biggest factor that impacts the quality of the curing and storing processes. The right RH level is what makes cannabis not just an herb, but an herb of exceptional quality. Curing refers to slowly drying marijuana buds so that they evaporate almost all of the moisture but, at the same time, retain all the cannabinoids and terpenes. The most important areas are stems and inside of the buds as they are the hardest to dry.
The curing process, if it is conducted correctly, can help cannabis uncover its potential. Once the flowers reach their peak of quality, it is important to hold them in that state and keep controlling the RH during storage.
Depending on how much moisture there is in the air around the product, you can either overdry it or create the conditions for the development of mold. It is difficult to catch the moment when mold appears and detect which flowers it has already infected and which are still possible to save. The best option is never let it develop at all.
Drying the buds for too long is also a bad idea: trichomes become too brittle and tend to break off. Buds start to crumble, and, as a result, you have weed with a much lower potency than you could have had otherwise. Moreover, excessively dry conditions destroy terpenes, so both the aroma and the flavor will become unpleasant.
For these reasons, it is very important to keep the ideal RH in your storage room and protect your cannabis from destruction. But if you maintain the right RH level, your weed will go through the following changes.
It is actually the main point of the curing process: letting your cannabis dry slowly and naturally, allowing the moisture to seep out not only from the subtle leaves but also from the strong stems and the centers of the buds. Only this way, you can reach the desirable dryness and have the ability to store your weed for a long time. A high-quality product is always dried evenly and has the right RH level, which preserves the marijuana from crumbling or getting covered with mold.
When we harvest cannabis, it does not contain the THC compound as we know it. Fresh cannabis buds have THCA, which is not psychoactive unless it is transformed into THC with the help of heat. Therefore, slow curing can help this transformation.
Terpenes are the cannabis compounds that are responsible for the aroma and flavor of your marijuana. They are aromatic oils that can be easily destroyed if the curing process is going too fast. Some terpenes will naturally break down anyway, but if you keep the right RH in the curing and storing room, you will be able to get the best from your crop. If you manage to preserve the terpenes correctly, even the high will be more nuanced and enjoyable.
Chlorophyll cells are the ones that make cannabis look green. They are essential for growing plants as they help convert light into energy. However, chlorophyll cells are not good for smoking as they add very harsh taste and aroma. When you smoke fresh weed, chlorophyll is the thing that makes the toking so unpleasant.
Luckily, these cells get naturally destroyed during curing. The buds may still have a somewhat green color (though, in any case, it is not as bright as that of fresh buds), but the harsh taste will be gone.
There can be many tips on how to get the weed drier or get more moisture, but you will receive the best results if you use the right product from the very beginning of the curing process. The best option is to get humidity regulator packets that are produced especially to provide herbs (like tobacco and cannabis) with the right RH level.
The most popular moisture regulator packets are Boveda and Integra Boost, but you can use any label as long as it has a proper RH level for your plants.
To know which RH level suits you best, consult a seed bank or read grower information about the strain you are cultivating. Integra Boost comes in two varieties—62% and 55% humidity. In most cases, choosing the type is not a fundamental concern since both of them are able to keep your crop safe from overdrying and mold. These packets will help you reveal the full potential of your buds. Because they are completely inert, they will not change the taste or aroma of your buds.
Moreover, you can use humidity regulator packets not only for curing but also for storing your harvest. With the right RH level inside the storage, you can be sure that your weed will stay safe for more than a year without any compromises in quality.
The curing process is extremely important for the quality of your buds, so it is better to take your time to make sure that it is done right. Luckily, it requires only a few tools and is generally relatively inexpensive to do everything correctly. With humidity regulator packets, you can be calm about your cannabis and know that it is going to deliver you maximum joy.