Drying and Curing Marijuana
Do you want great, smooth smoke? Dry and Cure it!
When drying and curing marijuana, you must have patience. The best way to dry the plant is the process of slow drying. Since marijuana leaves are made up of 70-80% water, its quite necessary to dry them before smoking. As a rule of thumb, the slower the better. If you are in a hurry to try your freshly cut buds, I will show you a couple techniques to drying faster below.
The Slow Dry (Curing) Method, Best Way to Dry Marijuana.
Start by finding a good, ventilated space in your house. A cool dark room will work best, although a large closet would work as well. The temperature should be in the low 70’s (20’s Celsius), and air flow is vital to prevent MOLD. Do not use a moist section of your basement. Common sense will prevail here.
Next, drape a string across the room (or closet), from one wall to the other. After cutting each stalk which contains the buds, attach them to the string using a clothes pin, hanging them upside down. This process should take between 1 to 2 weeks to fully dry/cure the buds. You’ll be glad you waited patiently during this stage, because the taste will be much better.
Quick Dry Methods, Quickest Way to Dry Marijuana.
Most new growers will choose this method, I know, you’re excited to try your smoke. Good news is, its possible to dry marijuana faster.
Turning up the heat
Raise the temperature in the room (or space) anywhere from 90° to 110°F (32°C to 43°C). You may need to use a space heater. Be creative with this one, just be careful! This should dry your crop in around 4 days. Some will dry out quicker than others depending on where you located the space heater, so make sure to check them often. Try and use a fan to get the air moving around, this will help against mold.
Using an Oven to Quick Dry Marijuana
Use this method “only” for small amounts, or emergencies. Pre-heat your oven to around 150-175°F, and place a small amount of buds across the grill for around 10 minutes. Although this method works, in most cases the smoke turns out to be harsh. Important: Keep a close eye when oven drying marijuana, if the marijuana “over cooks”, the potency will be lost. We need to gently heat and dry it.
Microwave Steam Dried Marijuana
I have not tried this method, it was reported by a visitor of Concept420. Apparently the smoke is pretty good for a fast dry method. Try only a single bud first for validity. If you try it, be SURE to let me know how it turned out.
What you will need to start:
- Tupperware container with a lid (that fits)
- 3 Paper Towels
- Fresh Buds (cut into small chunks)
- Water (h20)
- A Microwave with the ability to change power settings
Put a 1/4 piece of paper towel and put it in the bottom of the tupperware container. Next put all your cut-up weed pieces. Now fold the other 2 paper towels and quickly dip them in water, making sure they are evenly wet. Now squeeze out most of the water, then unfold the towels and place on top of the container. Now place the lid on top and press down all corners except for one, so the steam can escape.
Now we can set the container in the microwave. Set the power to around 40%, set for 1 minute and let it go. Take it out when the minute is up and let it sit for around 20 seconds. If the bottom paper towel is “wet”, change it right away. If the 2 “top” paper towels are wet, get them wet again and pet the lid back on.
Microwave for another minute, and then you must repeat this process for around 4 minutes, or until its dry enough to smoke.
If you know another good and reliable method for drying marijuana, please let me know by emailing [email protected]