Growing terrific marijuana is only part of the story (although it's a very important one). The next step is to dry it well. Here are the main options for drying marijuana.
If this sounds rather like hanging clothes out to dry, that's because it's essentially what it is. Old-school drip-drying takes the longest, but it's this long, gentle drying process which gives the best marijuana its smooth taste.
- Do remove extra leaves from the stems before hanging them up. This improves air flow, which helps prevent mould.
- Don't forget to keep checking for mould at least once a day and remove any infected buds.
This is a more modern take on line drying. The basic principle is the same but cages are used instead of lines. This gives a lot more flexibility. The cages can be hung from lines, but they can also be moved around, so, for example, a cage next to a fan or dehumidifier can be turned regularly to ensure that the effect is felt evenly without having to work around the practicalities of power outlets and cables.
- Do watch for mould. We know we've said this before but it's really important. Remove any infected buds immediately or you could lose your whole harvest.
- Don't let the air get too dry. Marijuana dries best in an atmosphere of about 10% humidity. Completely dry atmospheres can actually damage the flavour.
While screen drying may sound like a convenient and space-saving way to dry marijuana, it's actually by far the least effective of the three main methods. First of all screen drying requires removing the buds from the leaves which firstly requires removing the leaves from the stems. For those growing very small quantities for personal use, this could feasibly be done while watching TV, but for larger harvests, it's a fairly major task. Secondly buds of different sizes dry at different rates, so unless you're prepared to go through the additional step of sizing them or of literally checking each bud throughout the drying process, there is a very strong chance that you'll end up with unevenly-dried buds. Also as the water drips from the buds onto the screen, it can create damp patches underneath the buds which is bad for both the drying
process and from the point of view of preventing mould. You need to make regular checks to prevent this, which is again more effort.
- Do think of screen drying as a way to deal with any small buds which would be difficult to dry on a line or in a cage.
- Don't let damp patches develop. They can cause serious problems.