best temp n humidity for drying / curing ???

Discussion in 'Harvesting And Curing' started by Blunted247, May 21, 2010.


    Blunted247 Active Member

    everyone post their opinions based on experience ......i could use some good advice.

    also.....i was wondering if anyone knows about soaking roots in water buckets before chop to drain the chlorophyl while its in the dark for 2 days. i heard it from someone old skool...wanted more detailed info on how thats done...last time i tried n i had dirt everywhere lol.

    thanks :weed:
    JoNny Pot sMokeR

    JoNny Pot sMokeR Active Member

    Yeah i soak my roots for 2 or 3 days depending on the size of the plants. my old school uncle actualy boils his roots and his smoke is super clean. here is a little drying and curing guide with all info included hope it helps.

    Manicuring, Drying, And Curing marijuana

    Right after all the plants have been harvested, it is time to manicure them. Manicuring is simply cutting off the leaves that were growing from the buds. Cut off all the leaves surrounding the bud, so that just the bud remains.

    Work over a glass table or some kind of smooth flat surface. This will make it easy to collect all the material that has been cut away from the buds. It is lower in THC than the buds, but rather than throw it away, you can use it to make hash oil.

    When manicuring the buds, use a pair of scissors with small blades (to reach hard to get leaves) that is comfortable on your hands. If you have a small crop, you can handle the plants with you bare hands. With a large crop, wear powder free latex gloves.

    The latex gloves will collect trichome resin in a similar manner to the way live
    marijuana plants are rubbed to make hashish. The latex gloves have to be powder free or the powder will get mixed into the resin.

    Do not touch anything other than the plants once you have put the gloves on. If you have to do something, remove the gloves you are wearing and put them in a plastic bag, prior to doing whatever it is that has to be done.

    When finished, put on a pair of new gloves. Material on the first pair can be collected later. When you are finished manicuring all the plants, remove the gloves and place them in a plastic bag (to catch resin that drops off).

    Put the plastic bag with the gloves in a freezer for 2-3 hours. The trichome resin can easily be peeled from the frozen latex gloves and consumed the same way you would use hashish.

    If absolutely necessary, you can wait to manicure the buds. However, the job will take more time if you wait. Manicuring right after the plants are harvested will also speed the drying process.

    Instead smoking
    marijuana directly after it is harvested and manicured, it is best to dry and cure it. Some new growers might be in such a rush to try the marijuana that they don't want to dry the crop, or they might be tempted to put buds in a microwave oven to dry them out.

    marijuana After Harvest

    You probably don't want to smoke
    marijuana that is harsh and bad tasting. If you do not take time to dry the bud, you will not get the best possible smell and taste your crop is capable of producing.

    Proper drying and curing will also ensure maximum potency of the
    marijuana you have grown. marijuana is not potent just after harvest. Some of the THC is in a non-psychoactive acidic form. Drying marijuana the right way will convert the non-psychoactive acidic compounds into psychoactive THC.

    The area where the drying is done should be dark. Light and high temperatures (higher than about 80 degrees) will cause THC to break down into less desirable chemicals, this will lower the potency of the finished product.

    A good way to dry the crop is to hang the buds upside-down by the stem, from some string or wire. The drying
    marijuana must have some circulation blowing over it at all times. A gentle breeze that circulates over all the plants is necessary.

    A fan or two will circulate air within the drying room. Fans will aid in drying the plants evenly, and reducing the chances of mold.

    If mold starts and is allowed to grow, it might ruin all of your crop. Mold looks like white fuzz and has an odor that is unpleasant.
    You will have to keep the temperature and humidity within a certain range for optimal results.

    Conditions should remain constantly somewhere within the following ranges, temperature should be between 65-75 degrees F, relative humidity should be between 45%-55%.

    At temperatures lower than 65 degrees, drying time will be lengthened. At temperatures higher than 75 degrees, the heat will cause the outer portion of the bud to dry quicker than the inner part, and the taste will suffer.

    At humidity levels lower than 45%, the
    marijuana will dry too fast and the taste will suffer. At humidity levels higher than 55%, the marijuana will take a long time to dry, and it will be prone to mold.

    Keep a hygrometer and a thermometer in the drying area, close to the plants. A hygrometer will allow you to keep an eye on the relative humidity level in the room and a thermometer will display the temperature. Some hygrometers have built in thermometers so you can measure the temperature and humidity together.

    Depending on the time of year and your location, a heater or an air conditioner may be necessary to adjust the temperature. To control humidity, a dehumidifier can lower humidity and a humidifier can be used to raise humidity. There are warm mist humidifiers and cool mist humidifiers.

    A warm mist humidifier will raise the temperature while a cool mist humidifier will not affect the temperature. There are also humidifiers that allow you to switch between warm or cool mist. If you are going to purchase a humidifier for this purpose, take your climate into consideration and buy an appropriate humidifier.

    Warm mist models will actually heat the water and release warm humidity. Cool mist water isn't cooled, it just means that water is not heated. In most cases a cool mist will work best. To be safe you can get a humidifier that lets you switch between warm and cool mist.


    It will take at least a week or two to dry the crop with temperatures between 65-75 degrees F and relative humidity between 45%-55%. You will know when the marijuana is dry if the stems snap or break (rather than fold) when they are bent.

    Try smoking a small bud (1/2 gram or less) in a joint to be sure it is dry enough.

    At this time, small buds will be dry enough to smoke. But larger buds should be cured (slow dried) to ensure that the
    marijuana is as potent and tasty as possible. If necessary, you can set aside buds that are less than 1/2 gram for smoking, while larger buds cure.

    The cure normally lasts a week or two but some strains will do better if left longer. The aim of what you are doing is evenly finishing the slow dry process, so that mold will not grow when the buds are stored long term. Also, by the end of the cure, any remaining inactive THC will be converted to active THC (that increases potency).

    To cure the crop, you will need one or more containers made out of glass or plastic. Some people say plastic can impart a taste to the
    marijuana. Some say plastic containers that some types of roll your own tobacco are sold in, have no negative effect on the taste. You decide.

    Containers that have a rubber seal work best, but any type of container with a tight fitting lid will do. One quart canning jars do a very good job if you are curing a few pounds or less. They have a rubber seal and hold 2 or more ounces of
    marijuana per one quart jar.

    When curing quantities in excess of a few pounds, large (over 40 quarts) plastic storage boxes are recommended. They are not air tight, but will do the job when smaller air tight containers are not practical.

    Gently place your
    marijuana in the containers (cut buds to size if the are too big to fit in the container) and put the top on.

    Store the containers in a dark area where the temperature is between 50-65 degrees and the humidity is between 40%-60%.

    You will have to open the containers for a few minutes to allow moisture to escape by fanning with your hand. If any moisture builds up on the inside of the cap on your container, wipe it off. Do this preferably 2-6 times daily, at regular 4-12 hour intervals.

    You should also re-arrange the buds by giving them a quarter-turn once a day. This will ensure that different parts of the buds are exposed to the air in the container.

    Keep up this routine for 7-10 days.

    When properly dried,
    marijuana will burn evenly when smoked in a joint (if stems are removed). The taste will be as good as it can be, and the THC will have reached a point where it is ready to be ingested or stored.

    You can keep any
    marijuana that will be consumed within a few months (1 year maximum) in the same containers used for curing, without having to keep opening them to release moisture.

    If the
    marijuana is to be stored for more than a few months, you can use a vacuum sealer (designed for storing food) to seal the marijuana in an airtight environment. If stored in a dark area that is between 40-55 degrees F, the marijuana in vacuum sealed plastic will remain potent for up to 5 years.

    marijuana can be stored in a frost-free freezer, but some of the THC on the outer part of the buds may be damaged when frozen.

    A refrigerator is in the right temperature range but they tend to be humid (unless you can control the humidity).

    If stored in an area of high humidity for months or years, even vacuum sealed
    marijuana can eventually become as humid as the surrounding air. This will necessitate drying it again before smoking. But, unless mold develops, humidity itself will not degrade the THC or make the marijuana any less potent.

    Light will degrade some of the THC, so dark containers can be used for storage. If you place the
    marijuana in a see through container, it will have to be located in a dark area that is not exposed to light or high temperatures.

    Always make sure to properly dry your
    marijuana prior to storage, if you grow your own or if the stuff you have is very moist. And remember that to preserve marijuana potency at a maximum level, keep any exposure to air, heat, and light at a minimum.

    Blunted247 Active Member

    yeah see i knew it was somethin....could u go lil more in depth??? like how to appreciate it!!! i hear this is supposed to make some awesome tastin buds even before cure.
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    Sr. Verde

    Sr. Verde Well-Known Member

    between 65 and 75 degrees for air temp

    humidity from 45% to 55%

    65F will mean slow drying, 75F means a little faster drying.

    DobermanGuy Well-Known Member

    si senor. Im in anticipation of my harvest/curing process. I wanna dress to impress.
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    wvblazin Well-Known Member

    Great info..its coming in handy at this point!
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    Mr.Juana Member

    I live in an island relative humidity is about 88% year round -_- worse in some seasons. How will this effect the cure? I really don't want the buds to go schwag-brown because my dumbass tried to cure in a high humidity area.
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    DemonTrich Well-Known Member

    88% r/h, good luck with that. that's a mold contamination issue waiting to happen. you really need a dehumidifier to make the curing process work properly. how do you flower with those high humidity numbers w/o getting any mildew/mold?
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    Mr.Juana Member

    I just started my first grow here, haven't grown in 2 years growing out of necessity really the quality is non-existent here. I guess I'd just have fans blowing on the buds and hope for the best :p I've asked around and they don't get the problem here because they harvest the plants early.
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    weedow Member

    for the temperature, it is recommended to stay around 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 45 to 55% humidity level at all times. do not let the humidity level go under 45%. the buds will dry quickly but they'll give you a not so good taste and smoke
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    FuckJeffGoldbloom Well-Known Member


    dannyboy602 Well-Known Member

    I like 65-70F with 50-60RH. slow n steady. I think draining chlorophyl though roots is just plain silly. its not possible.

    NOVAorganics Member

    boiling the roots!? No that's just some old school old wives tale stuff . It's pretty hilarious some of the stuff our forefathers tell us. slow and steady for this process for trimming for growing for pretty much everything in life slow and steady

    Piehop New Member

    I'm thinking that it would be pretty easy to check if boiling the roots actually does anything. If it's supposed to "draw" the chlorophyl out of the plant, you would expect the water to turn green, right? I'm not saying I personally believe this would work, but on the other hand all these old school methods often do have some truth to them in varying degrees. Someone give it a go and tell us how it works out for ya! :)
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    rxfarmer53 Member

    Im currently using the slow dry method ,,and this makes the most sense to me,, and as a middle aged fart ,I aint boiling nothing ..... I can imagine myself trying to stuff my root mass into a boiling pot with all that trich melting steam rising,,im not a pot eater ,,but a smoker and this sounds like a precursor to some final product damage for sure,,,I wouldnt even recomend someone do this to satisfy my curiosity,,common sense gave me ,an answer.

    Gaius Active Member

    I vote for the easy mode with zero mold-risk.

    Here's what I do:

    Trim down your fresh-cut buds and toss them on an Amazon drying rack for 3-5 days in RH of 30-40% and temp of 70-75F.

    Once your buds feel light dry to the touch, put them directly into mason jars. Make sure not to pack them tight!!! Leave at least a couple inches of air in the top of the jar.

    Seal up the jars and toss them in your freezer.

    For the first week, open up all the jars every other day and dump their contents into a large bowl or bucket. Then just refill the jars and toss them back in the freezer.

    After the first week, you can start "burping" the jars every few days. To burp the jar you just open it for a minute, close it, and put it back in the freezer. I also shake the frozen buds around in the jar after burping, and this is why I recommend leaving a few inches of air in the jars.

    You'll be able to smoke it after the first week or two in the freezer, but the flavor seems to reach its max after about 3-4 weeks of this.

    Supposedly you can keep your bud in the freezer for up to a year, but I take mine out after 3-4 weeks of curing. I've been told many a time that my bud was the best tasting people had ever tried.

    Jussblaz3420 Well-Known Member

    I like the routine just not the whole shaking the buds right out the freezer part. When u put buds in the freezer the trichomes become brittle and break off much easier, so ur awesome bud that everyone loves could be even awesomer :) if u just gently rotate the buds. I shake my jars but i dont freeze em so i dont lose too many trichs. Ever put bud in ur grinder then the freezer for 10-15 mins? U get a shit ton of kief.
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    NyQuilkush318 Well-Known Member

    Can u put humidity packs in jars wright after u take her down from hang dry
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    NyQuilkush318 Well-Known Member

    Or u should wate an burp for a week or so then put humidity pack in glass jar how to do the cureing with the packs
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    NyQuilkush318 Well-Known Member

    Hey bro how the cure useing humidity packs do u put them in the jars wright after u cut her down from hang drying or do u wate n burp for a while then put packs n glass jars how to cure with the packs
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