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Kindbud

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I know that im no wear from Harvesting my plant maybe
in sept or oct but im readin up and learn as much as I can so
last year when i grew Krissy aka my plants name....I gave it to
my bro to dry and cure is their any short cuts??? to drying and
curing??? Or do you even have to dry and cure them Thanks for
The help
 

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Curing 101

There are many ways of doing this, and I've tried just about all of them. Based on my decades of experience, the experience of others and the advice of Ed Rosenthal, here's my preferred way."

First, a good cure begins with good harvesting, manicuring and drying.

-Harvesting: I prefer to cut the branches off the standing plant. It's a lot easier that way.
-Manicuring: Back at the ranch, I sit at the dining room table surrounded by 4 supermarket-type paper bags. I first cut the buds off the branches, then remove any remaining shade leaves. These leaves and bare branches go into the first bag for disposal (burning or composting).
Then I remove the medium-sized leaves. These go into another bag for cooking. The smallest leaves go into the third bag for making hash/oil.
-Drying: The buds go into the final bag. I crimp the top and place the bag in a cool dark place. Every day I gently 'comb' the buds with my fingers.
The slower the dry, the smoother and tastier the buds will be. Of course, you need to make sure (especially in humid climates) that the buds don't begin to rot. This is indicated by an ammonia odor.
-Curing: When the buds are almost but not quite dry enough to smoke (way before the 'brittle'/crispy stage), I place the buds in a large container. Some people use glass jars; I find these too expensive and too breakable. I use large 1-gallon containers I get free from the local fast-food place, the kind mustard/mayonnaise come in. I get them free (they are usually throw them away). Once cleaned well, the buds are placed in the containers, then tightly sealed.
The goal in curing is to let the buds go from too-moist-to-smoke to just right, which is as moist as a good cigar, very very slowly.
Every day I open the containers for a few minutes, gently comb the buds with my fingers, then re-seal.
What curing is:
It's a form of composting. As ther sugars and chlorophyll begin to break down, a gas is released. This gas and moisture lost needs to be vented daily. Don't seal up moist buds and go like on vacation or off galivanting around. Open the container for 5 minutes every day, the tightly re-seal.
When the buds have reached perefect smoking condition (as moist as a good cigar) the cure is done. Ideally this should take about 2 weeks, at least. Then the jars are tightly sealed and left that way, or sealed in plastic bag with one of those seal-a-meal things (NOT the kind that **** out all the air, those will crush the buds).
Leaving a bit of moisture in the buds will continue the curing process.
Marijuana stays fresh if you keep it a bit moister than some people (who keep their pot in a baggie in their pocket) are used to. You NEVER want it crispy dry.

Flash-dried, uncured buds have a hay/grass-like taste and burn too hot.
Slow dried buds smoke cool, smooth and improves the taste tremendously. Curing increases potency by up to 30%.
Storing while still a bit moist will keep the pot at peak smoking condition.

Notes: When I get my buds manicured, I place a few nugs aside on a table-top or in a drawer. Harsh yes but I'm usually anxious to 'test' them, and have something to smoke while I'm waiting for the slow drying/curing process to finish.
Also, if at any time you smell even a hint of an ammonia (dirty-diaper) odor, remove the buds IMMEDIENTLY and let air out on a table-top for half a day or so, then re-start.
It takes a bit of practice to get this just right, but once you've got it down pat, you'll never go back to flash-dried, uncured pot.
 

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Thanks dude it sounds
easy to do I think thats
what my brother did but
I didnt listen to him when
he told me how to do it??
LOL Thanks
 

Kindbud

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I read on a growin guide that you can use a
microwave to dry it you put it on auto defrost
right?????? If so what setting would you put it
on cause i have meat,poltry,and fish what one
would i put it on and what pounds like as much
as it weighs or what? Thanks for the help guys
peace out and happy Pot Day!
 

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step back from the microwave.....you will burn off your THC...if you are hoping for a fast dry to have a sample...throw a nugget on the back of your PC monitor...make sure its on ;)
 

Kindbud

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Yeah for real Thanks How long would
I put it in the back of my computer for
like 15 mins.im no wear from harvesting
just readin up on how to do it cause last
year my Brother did it for me so im doing
this year!!!!! Could I hang it upside down
under my bed or in my shed outside and
leave it hanging for how long like 2 days?
And then put it in a jar and open it 2 times
a day right? Thanks!!!!! for tellin me not to
before I messed up some bud. Thanks!!!!
 

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let it dry untill the mainstem "snaps" when bent, before putting them into jars.
 

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