Harvesting cannabis

Harvesting cannabis can be and is a great pleasure, especially after putting all that love into your girls for several months it’s only right you have some gleeful anticipation, especially if growing for the first time but it’s far more than just chopping the lot down, especially if growing indoors. The final stage from seed to weed is the curing process. When you have dried out your cannabis after harvest although it can be smoked or vaped it’s still changing at the molecular level as a process known as decarboxylation has to occur before the cannabis is completely ready.
But an outdoor plant can be chopped in one but there is a lot of processing to do and many do it branch by branch, so break up the plant into a pile of branches on a clean surface, and take one at a time and ‘manicure’ the loose leaf away from around the buds and once they are nice clean buds hang up the branches from a string in your drying place or room.
Repeat this for as long as you can, take a break and then back to manicuring which can seem rather repetitive but it’s best to get the lot done and once cleaned up all the branches hung in a room where the temps shouldn’t be below around 18 c or above 21 c if possible. The aim being to allow the bud to dry out gently and also not to hinder it’s drying out if in a humid atmosphere and because there are big climate variations around the world it’s difficult to give hard figures for temp and humidity as regards drying out cannabis. To cure the cannabis place in an airtight jar and every few days ‘burp’ the jar by opening it up and turning the buds over gently. Always take a sample sniff as the organic smells like a slight whiff of ammonia or newly mown grass should subside after a couple of weeks and when the smell is unchanging the cannabis can now be stored fairly long term if needs be. Cannabis left to cure over a year can actually decline in potency as the glandular trichomes, the resin heads, start to oxidise and make the trichs go brown en masse.
If the plants are drying out and it’s too cold then moulds may occur and usually right in the center of the biggest buds and is due to a lack of airflow along with cold temps. If you find a mould outbreak cut out the damaged portion which is a soggy black or grey squidgy mess usually and then open up the bud to the air and monitor closely as it dries out and if it occurs again repeat the process of removing mouldy buds but then think of warming up the drying area or installing a fan to improve airflow.
Growing indoors is a bit different in that often the top of the plant is mature but the lower buds can be a week or two behind because the lights don’t penetrate right to the bottom of the plants. So when the top portion of the plant is mature just cut the branches off and then manicure and hang to dry and leave the bottom portion as long as needs be and then harvest, manicure and hang to dry.

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