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Curing

Curing after harvest is an essential process for everyone who desires as quality harvest as possible. However, this process or technique is not really widespread among growers.

The process of curing comes after drying and allows for the beginning of several different chemical processes, which enhance the quality of dried flowers.

 

Get rid of chlorophyll

First, it gives time to bacteria to dissolve remaining chlorophyll in the plant matter. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in almost every plant. It is an important factor for photosynthesis – and therefore a means by which plants create nutrition for themselves. However, chlorophyll contains magnesium, which, when set alight, makes the smoke too sharp and coarse. Curing largely rids us of this issue.

The second advantage of curing is the fact that it allows for more accurate humidity checks. Drying removes water from buds, making the product stronger, while also enabling it to burn better. The drier a bud is, however, the more flavor and aroma it loses – it is therefore necessary to achieve certain balance and decide on one’s priorities.

The ideal time to start curing is when the flowers are dry enough to burn, but do not burn that well yet and are hard to grind.

 

A piece of advice

It is commonly accepted that the following technique brings the best results. Airtight glass containers should be used for this process. Buds are put into these glass jars and are stored in a cold, dry space out of reach of sunlight. When putting buds in the jars, make sure they are not pressed too tightly. In the first week, the jars should be opened every day for a brief check, during which they should also be slightly turned about. After the first week, the jars are only to be opened for half an hour everyday during roughly the following three to four weeks.

Curing