How To Cure Cannabis Plants

by | Jun 7, 2023 | Growing, Marijuana Insights | 0 comments

How Do I Cure Marijuana?

After the drying and trimming of the buds, it is essential to initiate the curing phase. To cure your weed effectively, store the trimmed buds in airtight glass jars to prevent moisture loss and maintain the desired flavors and aromas. The recommended duration for curing is typically two weeks to a month, while ensuring that the humidity levels inside the containers remain between 55-65%.

What Does Curing Weed Do?

Curing plays a crucial role in enhancing the taste and aroma of buds. It aids in the finalization of buds by facilitating the breakdown of chlorophyll, thereby eliminating any vegetal taste. Without proper curing, weed would possess a flavor reminiscent of freshly cut grass. By reducing chlorophyll content, curing makes buds smoother and less harsh when consumed through smoking.

Why is Curing Cannabis Important?

Curing cannabis is an often overlooked but vital step in the cultivation process. This process involves the gradual removal of moisture from the bud, starting from the center and moving outward.

The curing stage significantly impacts the flavor and overall quality of the smoke. Terpenes, responsible for the distinct aroma and taste of cannabis, are delicate and can degrade or evaporate even at temperatures as low as 50°F. Opting for a slow and low-temperature cure is preferable as it helps preserve these precious terpenes compared to a quick and hot drying method.

Furthermore, proper curing enables long-term storage of weed without concerns of mold formation or degradation of cannabinoids and terpenes. Well-cured flowers can be stored in a cool, dark place within airtight containers for up to two years, maintaining their potency without significant loss.

What Tools Do I Need to Cure Marijuana?

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To ensure successful cannabis curing, it is important to choose an appropriate environment with stable temperature and humidity levels. Avoid damp basements or hot, humid attics, as they are not ideal for the process. Instead, opt for a space that maintains room temperature and moderate humidity.

Light exposure can degrade terpenes, so it is advantageous to have the ability to turn off lights in the designated space or cover the curing jars to prevent light leakage.

To effectively cure your buds, you will need the following equipment:

  1. Airtight jars: These containers are crucial for storing and preserving the cured cannabis.
  2. Hygrometer (for each jar): Hygrometers are necessary tools used to measure temperature and humidity levels inside each jar. They provide valuable insights for monitoring the curing process.

How Long Does It Take to Cure Cannabis?

The ideal timeframe for cannabis curing typically ranges from two to four weeks inside containers. During this period, the buds undergo significant changes, resulting in a flavorful, aromatic, and high-quality experience. However, some individuals prefer to extend the curing process for four to eight weeks to achieve enhanced results. Moreover, certain strains can benefit from an extended curing period of six months or more, further improving their overall quality.

Optimal Methods for Curing Cannabis Buds:

When the buds have completed the drying process, it is crucial to proceed with the curing phase.

Place the trimmed buds into an airtight container. While wide-mouth quart or half-gallon glass mason jars are commonly used, alternative options such as ceramic, metal, or wood vessels can also be suitable.

Avoid using plastic bags for curing as they allow oxygen to penetrate and can impart an undesirable plastic taste to the weed.

Loosely pack the buds in the containers without compacting or crushing them. Seal the containers tightly and store them in a cool, dry, and dark location.

Within a day or two, you will observe that the buds become slightly softer as moisture from the center rehydrates the outer layers. If this does not occur, it indicates that your cannabis has likely been over-dried.

Maintain a humidity level of 55-65% inside the sealed jars. If you are uncertain about the humidity levels, consider purchasing a digital hygrometer from a hardware store, typically available for around $20, to accurately measure moisture.

If the buds are too dry, you can add a humidity pack like Boveda to restore moisture.

In case the buds are excessively moist, leave the jar open for half a day or a full day before resealing it. Continuously monitor the humidity levels and leave the lid off for a period of time if the buds remain too wet.

Perform Burping:

During the initial week of curing, regardless of the humidity level, make it a practice to open the containers once or twice a day for a few minutes. This process, known as burping, allows the release of moisture and replenishes oxygen inside the container.If you detect an ammonia odor upon opening a container, it indicates that the buds are not adequately dried, and anaerobic bacteria may be present, leading to the development of mold or rotten cannabis. In such cases, leave the lid off for a day and reseal it the next day.

After the first week, burp the containers only once every few days to maintain the optimal curing conditions.

How Do I Store My Harvested Cannabis Buds?

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Once cannabis buds have been cured, they can be stored for up to two years without significant potency loss. Similar to fine wine or whiskey barrels, correctly dried and cured cannabis thrives when kept in a cool, dark environment. It is important to note that temperatures between 77-86°F create an ideal breeding ground for mildew, molds, and other contaminants that can affect the quality of cannabis and organic matter.

Excessive heat can also lead to the drying out of cannabinoids and terpenes, which have taken months to develop. When essential oils become overly dry alongside the plant material, it can result in a harsh and unpleasant smoking experience.

Consider the following tips for storing your buds:

  1. Store the buds in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  2. Opt for neutral containers, such as glass mason jars, to maintain the quality of the stored cannabis.
  3. Monitor and control humidity levels using hygrometers or products like Boveda packs.
  4. Minimize oxygen exposure by vacuum sealing jars and containers.
  5. Keep strains separated to preserve individual flavor profiles, and remember to label them with the date to avoid confusion.
  6. Temperature plays a role in the decarboxylation process, which converts THCA into THC. Lower temperatures slow down this process and help maintain desired effects.
  7. Humidity control is crucial for preventing mildew and mold. Aim to store cannabis between 55-65% relative humidity to preserve its color, consistency, aroma, and flavor.
  8. Protect cannabis from harmful UV rays that can degrade its quality over time by storing it away from direct light. This also helps control temperature.

By following these storage practices, you can ensure that your harvested cannabis buds remain fresh, flavorful, and potent for an extended period.

Enrico Bratta

Enrico Bratta

Medical cannabis professional based in Phuket, Thailand.


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Enrico Bratta

Medical cannabis professional based in Phuket, Thailand.