Curing Marijuana

Last updated: June 19th, 2021

How to turn ‘mid’ to ‘loud’.

“If it doesn’t smell – It doesn’t sell.”

Commercial Cannabis Farmer

How professional grow operations dry & cure their weed to make it really, really nice.

1. Hang the freshly harvested Weed to dry

Right after harvest, the weed is hung and dried for about 1 week.

That should be in a cold, dark space.

The recommended temperature and humidity is around 65°F (18°C).

The recommended humidity is around 62%.

You could measure temperature and air humidity for example with this wireless Thermometer/Hygrometer.

You can regulate the humidity to the right number by using so called Boveda Packs (shown further below on this page).

The biggest fan leaves should be removed. Just cut them off!

While the weed is hanging there and drying, there must be a constant, slow airflow around it.

Without airflow, the weed could go bad. Mold could ruin the harvest.

2. After about 1 week, the Marijuana goes to Trimming

Only if the material is dry enough, it goes to trimming.

You can test that by bending the stems.

The stems should be slightly elastic, but when fully bend they should snap.

The material should not be totally bone-dry. Some humidity needs to stay  so it will cure well.

The smaller leaves that stick out of the buds are being trimmed.

So it all looks more like little nuggets. This is what makes weed look good.

Can be done by hand or with a machine. You could buy those trimming scissors here.

3. Then it’s curing time

The weed goes into a sealed metal container or a glass jar.

No Air, No light.

These curing metal containers can be bought here 

They come delivered with a humidity regulation pack.

The temperature should be around 65°F.

5. Leave it alone

Let it in that container for a while.

3 weeks seem like a good time.

Try the weed, what does it taste and smell like?

This is a bit like winemaking. You will find your own way after a while.

The weed keeps getting better with patience.

this cannabis was cured
Marijuana cured

Have you ever heard Grandma say something like “Patience is a virtue.”?

Well guess what: Granny was right. Patience will make your weed better.

You cannot speed-dry your weed.

Don’t just put it in front of a heater.

Because that would turn it into something that tastes like hay when smoked.

Curing Cannabis in Glass jar

28 thoughts on “Curing Marijuana

  1. Most bizarre question, but… How is it that even after cutting and curing, I’ve seen weed buds actually CURL IN when touching it? Not solely in bud form, either; even after being broken up/ground up! Initially I thought it was artificial, it literally shrunk only when touching, somewhat similar to sensitive plants/Mimosa Pudica/Touch-Me-Nots. Does this mean it was cut (and sold) way too early, far from being ready to roll? Or is it some artificial strain? VERY bizarre, literally reacting ONLY to touch. My friend was offended…until I showed him. IMO, though subtle, it was obvious. I’ve seen this a few times this year, never before in two decades.

      1. I agree!! I have not come across this since, and likely will not as I’ve been around weed much less frequently since personally quitting. I’m pissed I didn’t record it.

    1. When you see mold, you need to harvest the whole plant .

      Mold spreads quickly and will ruin the whole plant.

      Even if you cut out the mold, it will usually come back.

      You can’t smoke moldy buds for all kinds of health reasons.

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