Hemp Harvest Healing
Many people confuse cannabis curing with the fermentation process, and some generally assume that it is the same thing. In fact, these are two fundamentally different processes, but with similar ultimate goals.
What is a cure and what is it for
Cannabis curing is the final stage of drying the marijuana crop, aimed at eliminating the remains of moisture and unnecessary plant substances that negatively affect the flavor and storage process of the finished product.
Hemp cure has two main purposes:
Removal of residual moisture in the buds, which negatively affects the combustion process and the taste and aroma of the finished product. Also, residual moisture leads to rotting of the stored crop.
Final splitting of unnecessary organic substances into simpler compounds, which has a positive effect on the taste and aroma of the finished product. The main such substances are chlorophyll and sugar.
During the curing process, it is very important to maintain a low temperature, exclude the influence of light and minimize the access of oxygen. Only so important for the grower THC crystals will not oxidize, turning into simpler cannabinoids that do not carry any value. At the same time, chlorophyll and other unnecessary substances will be broken down.
A well-cured crop has a pleasant aroma and taste. It does not taste bitter and does not tear the throat. The full flavor potential of hemp is revealed. The absence of moisture allows, without fear of mold formation, to store it in sealed containers for a long period of time.
How is hemp crop curing carried out?
After manicure and drying, hemp is placed in sealed storage containers, usually glass jars are used. Container – the jar is filled to capacity with cones, but not rammed. A tightly closed container is placed in a cool and dark place and they must be checked for moisture accumulation on the walls, if it is, then the banks must be ventilated for 5-10 minutes several times a day for 7-14 days, until the moisture stops gather on the walls. When moisture ceases to collect on the walls, the crop will be ready for further curing, which can last from 2 weeks to half a year, depending on the patience of the grower. The cure is complete when the buds have completely lost their green color. The final color of buds can be gray or even purple, depending on genetics and curing conditions.
Usually, curing is performed at a temperature of 5-15 degrees. But with a special desire of the grower, you can cure the crop in the refrigerator, this will delay the process in time, but create optimal conditions for the flow of chemical processes.
An alternative method of curing is water curing
Water cure is carried out in order to more thoroughly remove all unnecessary organic matter in the hemp. They dissolve and are washed out with water. To do this, a recently cut bush / crop is placed in a suitable container and poured with cold water, the temperature of which should not be more than +18 degrees.
In no case should the crop be rinsed and squeezed. All plant material must be completely submerged in water throughout the entire process. For this, it is best to use any wooden product. It is simply placed on top of the hemp so that it cannot float.
The water must be changed twice a day for 6 days. On the 7th day, the curing process will be completed. As a result, the grower needs to dry the crop thoroughly in a well-ventilated dark area, and a household vegetable dryer is also an effective method.
The disadvantage of this method is that careless handling of the crop can negatively affect its quality. And if the temperature of the water is not carefully controlled, and it rises, it will lead to the formation of mold.