Drying & Storing Buds for Potency
Preserving THC, CBD and Terpines in your cannabis crop harvests depends a lot on how you go about drying & stroring buds for potency.
To capture the best quality, it's important to cut down your crop when it's at peak ripeness--look for when the resin glands turn from clear to milky. Amber means past peak ripeness.
Make sure the drying area has moderate air movement and is room temperature with low humidity. Screens for racking trimmed buds or lines for hanging up trimmed branches are a good way to go. Make sure that there is some air space between the buds, don't pack anything in too tight.
For the first few days the crop will lose a lot of moisture quickly--but don't pack them into jars or bags too early or any residual mositure deeper in the stem could cause problems. After the first few days of drying, it usually takes another four days or so before the stem will snap when you try to. That's when it's time to move buds onto the curing phase.
To cure your buds once air dried, loosely pack them into glass jars or sealable bins and close tight. Once or twice a day, open up the lids and gnetly rearrange the buds. Repeat this for a week or so and you will be rewarded with beautiful flavors and aromas in the harvest. Be gentle--dry resin glands are easily knocked off the buds.
After you are 100% sure your buds are dry and cured you can keep the lids on tight and store in a cool dark place to preserve the best quality.
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