drying cannabis

Discussion in 'Medical Cannabis Archives' started by Atomos, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. Atomos

    Atomos Member

    Jan 13, 2012
    drying cannabis is the final stage and deserves attention. Lets get a thread going on different drying/curing techniques.

    I use the paper bag method. I trim the bud and place it in a paper page. i allow the buds to dry (the time for this depends on how big/thick the bud is and temperature of the room) this takes between 3-7 days. When the buds are dry i do a final trim if needed, then place the dried bud in a glass mason jar, and put the jar in a dark place. i open the jar twice a day and allow the bud to breath for 30 minutes then put the lid back on.

    this is a super simple method for dying bud, lets hear your method(s)
  2. eLShaMukO

    eLShaMukO Moderator Moderator Mushroom Doctor

    Jun 8, 2011
    thanks for sharing atomos
  3. awaken

    awaken Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    I am looking into this soon. . . i will be hanging hopefully a few lbs from the bush in a grow tent, with carbon filter and fan - probably will just set to a timer.
    My idea was to try hang majority of it as a whole plant or larger sections so they dry slower, but more even(the outside doesnt dry faster than the inside)
    I have read something about this being a better way than cutting the buds to smaller lengths.
    If the buds dry too fast the chlorophyll can get locked up and affect flavour and texture of smoke and the overall quality it retains.
    Allows the plant cells to 'die' slower allowing it to cure evenly which means less chlorophyll is trapped, and more stuff is converted to THC.
    Trimming either at end of drying or a bit each day.

    Once dry or 97%, jar/store in airtight container and burp till curing is finushed.
    Bag, vacuum pack and store in airtight waterproof buckets. Find a stealth location in the forest or another safe spot, bury it and dont forget where you put it!

    Of course if you live somewhere where your medicine is legal you dont have to worry about burying it, but its a good idea if you ever get too much or dont want people knowing.

    Just my 2cents
  4. myc0mate

    myc0mate Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    The drying process has nothing to do with the THC content. THCA is produced through the bio-synthesis (process/pathway) in the plant and through decarboxylation (losing an OH) it turns into THC. It is an equation based on heat and time.

    Drying slow is absolutely key, as you said - more chlorophyll will break down.

    I cut the plant into workable segments then trim, and hang them up as such - bigger segments helps slow it down a bit.

    If you really want to slow it down, trim after you dry.... but man it's a pita.

    For those that use paper bags or screens, do you find the buds flatten under their own weight a bit?
  5. kay-are-o-enn-eye-see

    kay-are-o-enn-eye-see Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    It seems to me that everyone has a different definition of dry... how do you define dry? I've heard so many reasonings for each different method
    (I.e. cut branches to about 12" sections, trim then weigh. Hang dry until 20-25% of original weight remains. Give a final trim before transferring to curing containers. Burp/breathe (at least once a day) until preferred product quality is achieved. You should have about 15-20% of original weight w smooth tasty well preserved herbs)
    Or (cut plant to workable pieces that fit into paper bag. Trim down to individual buds/colas layer into bag, single layer to no more than 4" deep. Let dry until outermost layers are crisp to touch. Transfer into sealable jars/containers and allow inner moisture to redistribute throughout entire bud. Transfer back to paper bag until crispy. Repeat process until stems snap rather than bend. Return to curing jars or final containers.)
    Does anyone else try to go by numbers when figuring dryness, or do you just go by feel?
  6. rogue

    rogue ♥ Hooked on Mycelium ♥ Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

    Jul 15, 2011
    Jefferson State, Hardiness Zone 7B
    I go by feel , and after a few trials and errors, I now have a much better handle on it all.
  7. treewood

    treewood mediocre mycologist Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

    Aug 1, 2011
  8. Javadog

    Javadog Moderator Moderator Mushroom Doctor Cannabis Doctor

    Jun 3, 2011
    I have to say that I go by feel as well.

    I am too new for this to have worked all that well the first time,
    but I erred on the safe side, and just finished the process in the
    bags, and then the jars.

    I cut and hang to start the drying, then I cut them apart and put
    them into bags for a few days, and then into jars.

    The upside is that I have an Excaliber digital hygrometer that fits
    into my half gallon mason jars very nicely. I have managed to get
    the moisture down to desired levels with some control.

    My process is veeeeery slow...so I suppose that I am doing it very well.


  9. oneeyesun

    oneeyesun Member

    Dec 6, 2018
    Low and slow with plenty of air circulation. It helps if you remove leaves from plants pre harvest, Hang on trellis in dark room and run a dehu or wood burning stove (depends on RH% in your area). More air circulation the better. Pull off when stem breaks or snap is heard