When growing your own cannabis, we know how tempting it is to sample some of the flowers that have been freshly harvested, but experienced marijuana cultivators know how important it is to wait and cure the buds properly. Often overlooked by rookie growers, the curing of cannabis flowers is simply a prolonged drying process that takes place in a controlled environment to slowly draw moisture from the flowers. However, as laws prohibiting marijuana have relaxed across North America, cannabis farmers have turned their attention to perfecting their curing methods and producing potent, high-quality flowers. Here we touch on three major reasons why you should consider curing each cannabis crop you grow and get the best buds every time.
1. Improves Flavor & Aroma
Just like aging cheese or fine wine under certain conditions improves the aroma, flavor, and taste, so too does the curing of cannabis enhance the natural attributes of the flowers. The curing process allows terpenes (aromatic compounds) to fully develop, which enhances the more subtle tastes and smells particular to the strain. As buds lose moisture, enzymes and bacteria break down many residual minerals, particularly sugars (made from chlorophyll that's decomposing) that create the smell and flavor of fresh hay or cut grass in uncured cannabis. These minerals and sugars are also responsible for “harsh” smoke, where properly cured cannabis produces a “smooth” smoke.
2. Preserves Your Crop
The curing process lengthens the storage life of your cannabis, and it is the best way to fully preserve all the unique compounds found in the flowers. Cannabis can maintain its taste and potency for several years after being cured (and stored correctly) just like fruits and vegetables that have been properly dried. Also, the long drying process greatly reduces the chances of bacteria or mold taking hold of your crop.
3. Improves Potency
As the flowers slowly dry out their potency intensifies because water and residual compounds leave the plant matter. Even cannabis flowers with excellent genetics won't reach their greatest potency if they aren't dried out properly, just like wine won't reach it's potential if it's stored in poor conditions. This is hard to comprehend if you've never seen properly cured cannabis, but the difference in potency is obvious when you compare cured marijuana to freshly harvested flowers or a crop that was dried out too quickly.