Kyle Kushman

So Like Candy - Medical Marijuana Curing

Published by Kyle Kushman

 

Curing is a lengthy subject. I believe the art of curing is more difficult to master than growing. I will try to provide an overview. To begin with glass jars are the only way to cure properly. Unfortunately they are clear, so find a spot in a closet or corner of the house that is dark and free from large temperature variances.

Drying must be done properly before curing can begin. If drying is not done properly by quickening, over drying, under drying, or anything else, curing cannot even be attempted. Buds should be dried to a point that may not burn perfectly in a joint. It burns well, but it would have been tastier if the bud had been left out to dry for just a few more hours. That’s all it would take for it to turn crispy. It still has a little spring in it.

Place buds into a glass jar. The jars should be full to the top to expel the majority of air. You need air and some moisture as they allow the aerobic bacteria to come to life. They will consume chlorophyll and make your buds smoke smoother. Less harsh on the throat and tastier on the pallet.

The trick is to leave the proper moisture content in the bud, in relation to it’s particular density. Relative humidity and air temperature when jarring will play a role as well. The presence of air, light, and water are all that’s necessary for these bacteria to spring to life. Leaving just enough water and air to allow the bacteria to feed on the chlorophyll, but not enough to proliferate throughout the jar. When they run out of air, they die. So opening the jar is counterproductive to curing. Although it is necessary to pinpoint whether or not you got it right.

If you don't leave any moisture in the buds there will be no true cure, one that increases potency through a rotation of the THC molecule by slowly removing the water. The best way to learn is to jar a half dozen or more jars of the same size, at the same time. Date the jar, and in a week crack it open.

Catch the first whiff off the jar as you break the suction created by the curing gases. If you smell the slightest whiff of ammonia, you left too much moisture in the buds and this curing attempt is done. Remove  all the buds from the jars and dry them out completely. If however when you crack the jar, you smell sweet heavenly ganja, then close it up. Repeat the process in a week to check the progress of your cure. If you’ve kept the jars closed for a full two weeks and the odor is 100% free of any ammonia smell, your probably home free.

I have cured buds for 6 months that came out as fresh and pliable as when they went in. Although 2-3 weeks is enough for a good cure. I don’t fully appreciate the bouquet of  most strains after a month of intense curing. You can keep buds sealed and curing for up to 2 years. Although that will take a lot of practice. I once smoked 2 year cured Sweet Tooth buds with Breeder Steve in Switzerland. WOW!
 

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Granny Green  (30 posts)
Sunday, May 15 2011 at 12:08p
 
Wow... I am learning so much here... had never heard of this before! But you have peaked my curiosity!! LOVE the purple color in this candy!!! Thanks Kyle!
 
TiME
Monday, May 23 2011 at 2:41p
 
hey granny....wanna hook up?? ......show you wut a young buck can do.....they didnt have blue movies bacc in your day.......nowadays, thats how we master our stroke BANG BANG BANG GRANNY ....NOW HERE CUMS THE BOOOM 8^{P
 
Silver Surfer  (4 posts)
Friday, May 27 2011 at 1:04a
 
This has always been the hardest thing to accomplish. Great buds can turn into ok, or even worse, bad buds, when not done correctly. I think I've made every mistake possible in my quest. I've gotten it really nice a few times, but still can't do this consistently. Thanks for the killer advice. Now I just need some of your strawberry cough!
 
One Love 731  (2 posts)
Monday, May 30 2011 at 7:13a
 
Great advice. I'll be curing some KKSC very soon, everything in the room is done but the KKSC still looks to need a few weeks. Peace, pot and karma. One Love
 
Jim Shaw  (3 posts)
Wednesday, Jun 1 2011 at 8:54p
 
Love it Kyle, very interesting post. Thank you.
 
JackBenimble  (5 posts)
Monday, Jun 20 2011 at 11:29p
 
"I believe the art of curing is more difficult to master than growing." Been sayin the same exact thing for years! I laugh so hard everytime I've been in a hydro store and seen some newb investing sh!t tons in grow eq and have it all planned out and then make the classic comment.... Com'on what could go wrong? LMAO, I'll tell ya right now I've been growin for 11yrs and it took me a long time to get it down... And then if yer like me you have a couple of strains that are just flat out harder to dry/cure vs. other strains I have in my garden.
 
Empty Pockets
Tuesday, Jul 12 2011 at 3:37a
 
I see from the picture that it is helpful to stare at the buds while they cure :)
 
AndyMarijuana  (2 posts)
Friday, Jul 22 2011 at 10:55a
 
amen.
 
The Mad Hatter  (5 posts)
Thursday, Aug 4 2011 at 9:55p
 
Dank you Kushman..
 
tastybuds  (12 posts)
Saturday, Feb 11 2012 at 7:32p
 
you say the presents of light so do i keep my jar out just in my room or what
 
tastybuds  (12 posts)
Saturday, Feb 11 2012 at 7:32p
 
you say the presents of light so do i keep my jar out just in my room or what
 
tastybuds  (12 posts)
Saturday, Feb 11 2012 at 7:32p
 
you say the presents of light so do i keep my jar out just in my room or what
 
tastybuds  (12 posts)
Saturday, Feb 11 2012 at 7:32p
 
you say the presents of light so do i keep my jar out just in my room or what
 
tastybuds  (12 posts)
Saturday, Feb 11 2012 at 7:32p
 
you say the presents of light so do i keep my jar out just in my room or what
 
tastybuds  (12 posts)
Saturday, Feb 11 2012 at 7:32p
 
you say the presents of light so do i keep my jar out just in my room or what
 
tastybuds  (12 posts)
Saturday, Feb 11 2012 at 7:33p
 
sorry it kept posting lol
 
DamondMarijuana
Friday, Apr 20 2012 at 4:29p
 
Have you looked into humidity controlled storage? I saw at the recent cup in LA, that a company called freshstor had a solution that takes the guess work out of curing. I use the small container for regular storage and my flowers are perfect all the time. They have just done trials with helping hands herbals in Co, for the up coming cup this weekend, the results were amazing.
 
Pablito113  (3 posts)
Tuesday, Sep 18 2012 at 5:44a
 

I have a folding chair in my room and i STARE AT them as they grow.....well technically we are all enjoying the Gregorain Chant I play for them, but it's staring just the same!!

 
spurr
Friday, Jan 25 2013 at 4:39p
 

I'm sorry Kyle, but that's not all correct when you claim bacteria "consume" chlorophyll. Being you're the one who made the claim the onus is on you to provide sufficient scientific evidence to support your claim. Otherwise, please remove those claims  . . .

I'm sorry for being a bit terse and rude, however, you're a go to source for many people for accurate information, and, if you're the one spreading incorrect info many people will be worse off. In the future please try to cite your source material when you make claims that are not common knowledge to most plant scientists (that’ s a good reference rule of thumb).

P.S. Chlorophyll degradation is mainly an enzymatic driven process, e.g., chlorophyllase and peroxidase. Please see the following references to published scientific papers on this every topic, all supporting my claim, not yours. Please forgive me for not properly formatting these references; and, some papers you will need to purchase to review (I’ve read all of these and many more):

  1. http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/139/1/52.long
  2. http://www.plantcell.org/content/21/3/700.full.pdf+html
  3. http://www.sidthomas.net/pdf/paperpdfs/082.pdf
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16669755
  5. http://journal.ashspublications.org/content/116/1/58.full.pdf
  6. http://wjst.wu.ac.th/index.php/wjst/article/view/7/5
 
canna-crux  (3 posts)
Saturday, Jan 26 2013 at 8:50p
 
This ^
 
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