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Trimming

It is a time of harvest, e.g. a day when we can finally trim all the buds on our plants and let them dry. But why exactly do growers trim cannabis?

 

Appearance

Nearly all the buds we see in magazines or on the internet are either completely or partially trimmed. We got used to relate this appearance with top products, while untrimmed buds usually do not attract us as much attention.

 

Scratching

It is the leaves, not buds that create an unpleasant scratchy feeling in smoker’s neck or lungs. Therefore, if the user wants to achieve a greater “softness” in terms of taste, they cut away superfluous leaves from the buds.

 

THC concentration

Small leaves on buds are also covered with trichomes that look like sugar crystals. Of course they always contain less THC (even those that are richly covered) than buds, which means that you get less THC per gram. And because many growers want to have their buds trimmed, but do not want to waste any material containing THC, they gather the small leaves for further processing.

There are endless ways how to obtain quality material from these leaves and other trimmed parts of the plant. Very popular ones are e.g. ice hash, cannabutter, or cannabis capsules. People put ice hash on top of a pipe chamber, which makes it way stronger, cannabutter is used for cooking, and cannabis capsules can be easily swallowed anytime.

 

Trimming before drying, or afterwards?

There are two “schools of thought” in this discussion. Most growers trim buds before they dry them (the wet method), others wait until they are already dried (the dry method). Trimming before drying is called “wet”, because the leaves are still wet while being trimmed. Trimming after they have already dried is called dry, because the leaves are trimmed from buds that are already dry.

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