Alternative methods to grow and cure marijuana

Published Mar 17, 2019 10:49 a.m. ET

1. Water curing cannabis

Water curing cannabis is one of the only methods that will remove any residuals that have settled onto the bud. This includes pesticides, sand, dirt, and whatever else could float and land on a plant during its life cycle. It also removes some chemical compounds that are responsible for harsher tastes. Water curing isn’t exactly a cannabis curing method on its own and is more of an additional step that is taken before the curing process begins. While this will add an extra 7-10 days to your curing length, it is the most effective at preserving every part of a marijuana plant and can be done at home. To water cure cannabis you must have distilled water and resealable jars. Each jar will be filled ¾ of the way with distilled water before the colas are fully immersed. Pack as many as you can in a jar without crushing it. Once the jar is full top off water if necessary and seal the jar. Place it in a cool dark place. For seven days you will empty the jars and fill them with fresh water before resealing and storing again. The impurities will be drawn into the water so exchanging it is necessary to the process. Once you are finished, remove the buds from the jar and strain a final time before beginning your regular curing process as usual. The result will be a light smell and taste that isn’t overpowering.

2. Freeze drying cannabis

If you have never heard of freeze-drying than you have likely never experienced a method of curing that took as little as 24 hours from beginning to finish. This method can’t exactly be performed without buying a cannabis curing box called a freeze dryer. The only downside to freeze-drying cannabis is the cost of the cannabis curing box which can run anywhere from $2000-$5000 depending on how large of one you need. Not only is this the fastest method available. It is also touted as one of the most effective at preserving the plant’s natural terpenes and other cannabinoids. Using one is similar to a clothes dryer. You plug it in, put your herb inside, and set the timer according to how much you have placed inside and get ready to indulge in some of the tastiest buds you’ll ever try within 24 hours of harvesting.

3. Affordable preservation company


If you don’t feel skilled enough to cure your own marijuana than you should check out Yofumo which is a Denver based affordable preservation company that has used years of research to hasten and perfect the curing process. While they are not yet offering their services to the general public, they are quite knowledgeable in the art of ideal curing and do provide any mid to large-scale marijuana growers with an affordable and safe place to cure their pot quickly. Yofumo has reduced a process that generally takes months down to seven days or less using combining three different curing methods.

Plant of self- This is the most widely used approach and essentially focuses on the cannabinoids produced by a specific strain and maximizing their benefits through curing.

Plant on plant- This one focuses on amplifying the taste of a particular strain including aspects of the terpene profile of the strain being cured.

Natural Botanicals- AKA the Enfleurage process which allows a grower to manipulate the aroma and taste of their strain by adding terpenes that are not harvested or produced by marijuana. The Enfleurage process is what sets this company apart from any others like it setting a high bar for competitors in the field and opening an entirely new world of personalized curing methods that are performed in-house.  



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