Drying Cannabis after Harvest

Last updated: June 1st, 2021

After you harvested and trimmed it, it time for drying Marijuana.

It is best to dry in a dark environment. Sunlight would reduce the THC. Darkness will also help to reduce the leaf-green (chlorophyll) which scratches in the throat.

The key to drying marijuana is to do it slowly. But not too slow because it could develop mould. Never dry in the sunlight. It will lower the quality of your weed and make it harsh for the smoker.

Also don’t ever use ovens, hot air fans, microwaves or anything like that for drying marijuana. It will ruin your pot.

Marijuana spread out for drying

You want to dry as slowly as possible. This way, the pot develops its charismatic smell. During the drying, certain components convert into THC.

Spread your trimmed buds on sheets of paper, or hang them on wires. In the above picture, I have put them into open plastic containers. It does not matter as long as air can circulate around them.

Now leave them in a dark, ventilated spot.

Even after it has dried completely, it will still get better. Marijuana drying is a bit like winemaking. The weed will become stronger over the next approximately 3 months. But you can already smoke it earlier.

Drying Cannabis spread out

After the weed has dried completely, put it into airtight containers. Glass containers are the first choice. Keep it in the fridge. Not the freezer.

Open the lid every now and then to let some oxygen in and check for mould.

Cannabis can be kept in airtight glasses in the fridge for 2 years or longer.

The next step is Curing Marijuana.

39 thoughts on “Drying Cannabis after Harvest

  1. I’m a bit lost on where to dry/ cure my weed. I will be growing the weed outside on farm land but I live with my parents and so I can’t use the house to dry/cute it. We also have sheds but they are all frequently visited
    Please help!

    1. You want to dry it slowly.

      If you just put it on a heater, it will taste like hay.

      If your apartment is cold, you can warm it up a bit. And make sure you get fresh air into the room where you dry it.

  2. i accidently left my buds under a curing lamp for a total of about 12 hrs. is my crop totally shit now or can i hang it then ziplock it like i still previously was planning to

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