According to Ed Rosenthal's Marijuana Grower's Handbook, which on a side note is hands down the best growing book I've read and I've read 7 or 8, the best way to dry/cure your bud is by freeze drying. After letting it hang for a few days you put it in a freeze dryer. Freeze drying uses sublimation to remove the moisture from the bud. It's suppose to preserve the terpenes (did I spell that right?), which will preserve great flavor and aroma. Freeze dry cured bud is supposed to be incredibly smooth. Since the book has been so great I tend to believe it, and I've heard this before else where. I actually saw a post on RIU of someone using dry ice to cure the bud. You put dry ice in the bottom of a container (the container must have holes on the lid. Don't think anyone is going to read this little post and try it without further research, but just making sure.), put a thin layer then put your bud on top. I think this uses sublimation as well, just in a different way. That would be very inefficient way to cure a lot of bud and very expensive. A commercial freeze dryer uses a vacuum to dry the bud. That's where the problem lies. I want to try this, but a commercial freeze dryer cost $9,000.00 +++. How hard would it be to make one of these? Take a normal freezer, put a vacuum chamber made of reinforced steel in there, hook up some pumps, and boom freeze dryer. Obviously there's probably a few more steps in there, and a fridge might actually work better since a freezer may get too cold, but do I have the right idea? Any engineering folks around here, am I on the right track? Can a commercial freeze dryer be made at home if the right amount skill and care is put into the vacuum chamber so there are no implosions? My other question to anybody is has anyone ever seen freeze dry cured weed or done it themselves. I don't want to spend $2000 on parts or god forbid $10,000 on a commercial freeze dryer and find out Ed was lying to me.