Drying & Curing Cannabis

Alright, all that hard work is starting to come together.

Your gonna get the first look at your buds during the drying phase.

If your plants are in bloom, you might want to check out my “flowering cannabis” post for  growing and care tips.

When the plants have been in bloom for 6 to 8 weeks, the flower will start to “ripen.”

This one is just starting to ripen.

The pistils “white hairs” will turn orange/red and if you look at the trichromes under magnification they start to look like mushrooms.

When more than half the pistils are colored and you can see the mushroom tops of the trichromes.


Your ready to harvest!!


When preparing to harvest make sure you stop using nutrients and flush the roots with plain water for at least 10 days.


Carefully remove the trellis or whatever you used to keep the branches up.  But be careful, try not to break the branches.

Cut the “tree” at the base just above the roots.

After cutting them down flip them and hang them in a dry, temperature controlled area.  Try to keep the temperature around 70 degrees with as little humidity as possible.

Do Not Trim The Leaves

The leaves still serve and important purposes in the drying process.

The plant will cycle the remaining nutrients and water during the first few days.  The leaves may turn a little yellow before drying out.



After the trees have been drying for 2-3 days trim the leaves, and leave the buds on for another 2-3 days.

When the stems are ready to snap, it’s time to cut off the buds.

The buds may still feel spongy but the edges should crunch a little.

I don’t jar it right away.

I lay the buds on a flat surface for 24 hours before bottling them.  This allows the excess water in the stems to drain.


Now your ready to jar.      

For the next 1-2 weeks “burb” the jars.  Open the jars for about an hour at least twice per day allowing air to circulate.


During this time you’ll start to smell the flavors of the cannabis and it will be ready to use.


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