When it comes to cannabis, growing is half the process with the other half being drying and curing. These are the required steps before you can have that fresh, perfect smoke you desire from your bud, or your desired effect from your edibles.
The point of curing & drying
To beginners, this step seems like a waste of time, but once you gain experience you will realize it is absolutely essential. Fact is, skipping the curing and drying process could make all that time, energy, and money (!) growing your cannabis plant go to waste. Curing cannabis properly is critical in order to produce high quality buds.
Increasing the potency of your buds is probably the primary reason to cure cannabis. To break it down, consider that cannabis naturally produces THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) as well as cannabinoids through biosynthesis. This mechanism involves converting compounds into different mixtures. For example: the conversion of THCA to THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive compound within cannabis.
What you may not realize is that is that biosynthesis doesn’t stop when you cut your marijuana plants. Therefore, storing your cannabis in the appropriate conditions is important which can lead