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Paper Bags for Curing?

Discussion in 'Harvesting And Curing' started by CharCole, Jul 21, 2008.


    CharCole Active Member

    Ok so my growing associate and I have come to the cutting and curing phase of our 1 st very successful grow. the problem is I start getting an area prepared for hanging and he is under the impression that ....stuffing the buds in paper sacks (you know the little brown school lunch bags) and weighing the sacks.Then when the sacks have reached 1/4 of the original weight the bud is ready to smoke or cure.I think he is nuts and i was wondering if this is some kind of old shit that hippies did back in the 70's (he is that old).any input?
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    SumDumGuy Well-Known Member

    I use paper bags to cure myself... But I dry for 7 days hanging first, then I place the dried bud to a quarter capacity in the bags. You'll need a few bags though but I get a whole lotta flavor and smell this way. The bags go in for 7 days. Then I transfer to Glass jugs for 7 more days. The smoke is intense and the flavor is wonderful. I try leaving in jars for 2 weeks or so to complete a months cure. But i you've no bud to smoke this may impose an intrusive problem. Nonetheless weed is technically ready to burn at the 7 day dry period but after a while you'll get tire of that harshy taste and go for a longer cure.

    Water curing isn't bad either for the harshy taste and primarily used for public smoking since the smell is changed all together - generally for your own supply since the aesthetics of the bud are changed and not really appealing to the eye. The smoke smells of burning hay but will raise an eyebrow or two so mix with tobacco. 60%herb to 20% (high qualit tobacco.)

    sweetsmoker Well-Known Member

    uhh fcuk knows m8 but i have been given weed in a brown paper bag befor that i assume it had been dryed in cos the weed tasted a bit strawy an papery like :) never tried it maybe u an ya m8 should do half each in a different way an see wats best so u know 4 ya nxt grow enjoy ya amoke

    MrFishy Well-Known Member

    Sounds like your pal likes his weed D R Y.
    I've never used bags, but see here on RIU that it's fairly common.

    Wordz Well-Known Member

    I threw all my popcorn in with the trim in a paper bag for a couple months and it was the tastiest weed I've ever had
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    LongScare Active Member

    Here is a process I have found from friends that works well:

    Drying and Curing Marijuana

    Drying and curing Marijuana is a 3 step and the last process in growing marijuana in order to smoke it without damaging your lungs and getting the best taste out of your buds

    Drying Marijuana

    Drying marijuana buds generally takes from 2- 6 weeks and curing marijuana can take 2 weeks up to 2 or more months. Drying time also depends on where you live and the place you dry them. Places in a desert would dry them faster, and tropical places would take longer

    The first step after harvesting your marijuana buds is the drying possess. This can be performed by taking the branches and hanging them up side down so the fan leaves droop and cover the buds. During this step you need to put the branches in a cool dark place (not humid) with enough ventilation. It is good idea to check up on the buds every day to watch for signs of mold and mildew and correct the problem if it happens. After the fan leaves droop down over the flowers and turn crisp or break off easily, you would want to start trimming off the fan leaves only. Even a better way to take off the leaves is to do it before drying the marijuana buds because it it will be much harder to cut off the fan leaves after the buds have dried. So, I recommend you to cut them off before you hang the marijuana branches upside down.

    The deal with this method is to dry it slowly but not to fast. If you dry your buds too fast it will make your buds smell like pine needles, hay, or taste bad. Drying the buds too slow in this first step is not a good idea ether because of mold and mildew will attack them. It's very important there's enough air circulation in the room so you can't do it without an electric driven fan.

    After the fan leaves are trimmed you want to hang it up to dry again because the marijuana buds will still be moist or wet. They should still have the little inner leaves so they can droop and cover the buds . Hang the branches again in a cool dark place with proper ventilation until the little leaves and bud tips turn crisp when you touch them. It is then time to remove the buds from the branch and remove the rest of the leaf material as best as possible. This is what is referred to as "manicuring" of marijuana buds. But as said before it's better if you do this before you hang them to dry.

    At this point the buds should be a little moist, including the inside of them. Some can be smokeable at this point, but if you wait till the next 2 processes you can get even better smelling and tasting buds

    Bagging the Marijuana Buds

    After the marijuana buds are trimmed (and a little moist still) you would want to dry them some more in the paper bag step. The best choice would be the brown shopping bags found at a supermarkets, because they are not bleached (the stuff you don't want in your buds) This is another tricky step. Put the trimmed marijuana buds in the brown bag loosely and its best not to fill it more than 3-4 inches from the bottom. It is not necessary at this time to close the bag ( still need to prevent mildew and mold) When the buds are in the bag you would want to check every day to rotate the buds in the bag so they dry evenly. This can be achieved by shifting positions of the marijuana buds, turning them ever so often, or shaking the bag. As the buds dry they will naturally compact into the self-preserving state that is mostly desired . At this time that the buds can be more compacted together and the bag can be folded close. They should now be fully smokable, though perhaps still ! slightly moist in the middle. A big reminder that every climate differs and may take more or less time. There is nothing better than repeated, hands-on checking to prevent damage to the marijuana buds from mold and mildew.

    Curing the Marijuana Buds

    The last step is to create a way to bring out the full flavor and best smoke from the marijuana buds. This can be done by using an air tight jar or similar. Put the dried buds into the jar loosely (do not compact them) and cover them. It is very important in the early jar-stage to check the buds at least once a day to replace the air, take them out(this helps dry evenly) and put them back in a different order. This should be done for 7 to10 days then it can be done lest often. After 7 days all you need to do is open the jar and check the buds on a daily basis for mold and mildew. If mold and mildew is found in this step. Take the buds with mold or mildew out of the batch (throw away) and put the rest back in a brown bag for a few more days then the jar step can be repeated . this step can take from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on how you want you buds to develop its distinctive characteristics. The longer the better

    A bud is completely dry, cured, and ready for consumption when the stem in the middle of the bud snaps easily with the fingers. The snap is easy to detect with practice. The marijuana buds now can be sealed and stored for a really long period of time.

    lastly there are many ways to dry marijuana buds, but this is the best method yet I use and never failed me.


    SumDumGuy Well-Known Member

    Something in that bag dude. I don't know what it is but it just makes it smell oh..... so good and taste is next to nothing...

    smokablunt16 Well-Known Member

    FROM FRIENDS?!??!?!



    puntacometa Well-Known Member

    I have done this many times and I know it works. This is only recommended in areas where there is low relative humidity and you have access to a cool/cold place to store long term. Hang for 10 days to two weeks (I like to hang for 3 weeks but 10 days will work in a pinch) in a room where the humidity levels do not fall below 65% and the temperature does not exceed 70°F. It even helps to yo-yo the humidity up and down over a 24 hour period from 85%, then let it drop to 60%, then back up to 75%, down to 60%, then back up to 65%, let this stabilize for a couple of days and the do it again. Do not take the fan leaves off or touch the bud at all. Before the stems are dry enough to break but getting close, cut the hanging plants in lengths that are about 8" long and stack them loosely in paper sacks, about 1/3 full. You want to keep the buds on the stem so that the drying/curing process continues while in storage (again...remember, this needs to be in an environment with low RH). Roll the top of the bag over but leave some ability for the bag to breathe. Put the bags in totes and store them away for a month or more (I have stored them for up to 9 months). When you take the bags out of the totes to trim, open the bags in a room with humidity levels of around 70% and let the bud rehumidify for about 24 hours so the trichs don't pop off when the trimmers hit the bud. What you will see and smell when you take them out to trim will blow you away.
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    mr sunshine Well-Known Member

    The paper bag or shoebox is a drying method. It sucks moisture threw the cardboard. You cure in a airtight environment like a glass jar!. Some dudes hang their buds for a few days then bag them for a few days then jar them till they get wet. Then rehang them. For a day then bag them again! Trying to get a more even dry .some say this is unnecessary becouse the cure will redistribute moisture threwout the bud. But anyway after they dry the end up in a glass jar to cure .
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    churchhaze Well-Known Member

    I know this is an old thread, but I really like the brown paper bag method myself.

    I did it for my last batch and the only downside was somewhat flattened buds. It takes up less space than hanging and you can just stack your bags.
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    sativaguy Member

    Paper bag is no joke.. it works great just hang for at least 48 hours before placing in the paper bag. Get the big paper bags from the grocers. Paper bag sucks the moisture out from the inside. Next place in plastic bag or some air tight container to cure a bit. The trick is to not let it dry to fast or don't cure crispy weed. Leave moisture forget about moldy weed. Your weed has to be pretty wet to get mold or be in a humid area
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    captiankush Well-Known Member

    I hang dry for 5-7 days, then bag them for 3-5 more days and into jars they go. Paper bags are a very efficient method.


    skunkd0c Well-Known Member

    I like the brown paper bags too, i do not use them anymore not so practical and not so easy to buy lol
    i tend to use plastic food containers and plastic food bags now for the final stage of drying before
    they go in glass jars, after they have been in glass jars for about 6-8 weeks
    i put them back in plastic bags and vacuum seal them until needed

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    smoke and coke Well-Known Member

    i use the paper bags for a couple of days at the start of the jarring process. the buds go in the jar to sweat then into bags to dry and get rearranged before going back into the jar. after a couple days of that, i feel the curing process can start inside the jars. make sure to burp the jars.
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    NyQuilkush318 Well-Known Member

    I like the bag thing just learning the trick
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    Kygiacomo Well-Known Member

    this is exactly what i do works great for me..i always take a few tester samples to see how good the high is of the strain..idc about the taste on my testers bc i know they will cure up to perfection..i had from 3-5 days as well and then put in jars first 7 days i open up the jars 2 times a day for 10 mins and take the buds out and rotate them..then the next 7 days i open the jar up for 10 mins or so and then after that let them set for 3 months or more..i got some that has been curing now for 2 yrs only taking small buds out ever now and then to sample them
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    Sinsay Well-Known Member

    He not crazy Its the only way to cure Before curing the thc content is low But after days in a cool dark place (light`s bad too ) sugars & starches are turned into thc
    A 1/4th the weight is peek thc content
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    NyQuilkush318 Well-Known Member

    Hey bro after I take her down from hang dry an put my buds in jars can I put humidity pack in jar to or burp frist for a few days then put pack n how I should do it

    Sinsay Well-Known Member

    never used a humidity pack couldnt say

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