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Drying your buds is one of the easiest steps in the cultivation process! For many first-time growers, once you reach this stage, you can relax and feel accomplished.

You’ve made it through some of the most difficult steps in the growing process! You’ve germinated your seeds, taken the right steps in the vegetative stage, and found the perfect environment for the flowering stage. Now you have massive buds ready to dry and cure! First and foremost, give yourself a pat on the back. You did a great job! You’ve reached the top of the mountain, and now it’s time to climb down. Sure, you still need to take some steps, but let’s go through the drying process and get you squared away!

Drying Vs Curing: What’s The Difference?

Drying involves letting your buds sit in a dry environment. This is to ensure that no moisture remains locked in each nug. If moisture is to remain, it can cause problems like black mold. Once you start seeing black mold, remove it as soon as possible, as it can quickly spread to other parts of your plants. This also makes your plants more smokable. Sure, having a “dank” bud means it’s a little sticky, but that comes from the trichomes, not the bud itself.

Curing, on the other hand, comes after the process of drying. This is where you take your already-dried buds and place them into your jars! This process takes 2 weeks and allows your buds to develop their sense of aroma.

How to Best Dry Your Buds

You’ll want to dry your buds evenly. While wet buds do not allow air to move freely between the leaves, dry buds are easier to smoke. Utilizing a drying rack is one of the best methods. It allows you to flip your buds like hamburgers. Simply ensure your humidity is low, and you regularly flip the buds so they don’t flatten out on one side.

Simply take the trim, place it on the rack, and let it sit in a dry, temperature-regulated room! It’s that easy

Humidity Level for Drying

While having a higher humidity level was great for developing big sticky buds, the drying process needs to be dryer. The humidity level should be 35-45%, whereas your previous levels were near 60%. This ensures the moisture leaves the plant and provides the perfect airflow!

How Long Does It Take to Dry Cannabis?

There are some factors regarding how long your drying process will take. For starters, the size of your bud dictates a lot. The bigger the bud, the longer it will take. The size of your branches also comes into play. Branches hold the most water in a single plant, so while your buds might be drying, your branches will most definitely not be done if they are large enough. Lastly, the airflow in your tent will dictate the time. Ensure you keep circulating air with your carbon filter so that moisture gets moved out and fresh, dry air enters the tent.

The process should take anywhere from 7-12 days to fully dry your plants!

How Will I Know My Buds Are Dry?

There is a quick and easy test to see when your buds have fully dried. Simply take a mid-size branch and bend it. If there is still moisture in the branch, then it will bend. If it’s dry, it’ll be brittle like kindling. A quick snap is all that dictates a wet branch or a dry branch.


We believe sharing is caring, and we hope this information helps you sort out your difficulty while drying your buds. Enjoy our cannabis!

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