How to Grow Weed at Home: Dry & Cure Your Buds Like a Professional

Getting Started Growing Cannabis Indoors

Approximately 70% of the U.S. population consumes cannabis at least on occasion, but for many people, cannabis is far more than a plant they enjoy when it’s around.

Instead, cannabis is a way of life, a religion, and an escape from the sometimes harsh realities of life, whether it is aches and pains or sadness interfering with your well-being. Enthusiasts who understand the sheer magnitude of cannabis oftentimes find the cultivation process one that heightens their experience. This God-given plant has powers unbeknownst to some, but for the true cannabis enthusiasts, its amazing qualities are undeniable. Growing weed indoors offers the perfect opportunity to take your cannabis love to the next level.

Now that marijuana has become a hot topic around the country, many of the stigmas that once surrounded the plant are gone and more people are learning and accepting that it is a beneficial plant and a far cry short of the Class I narcotic the federal government has it labeled as. Currency eight states allow usage and cultivation of marijuana for recreational use, while more than 40 have legalized cannabis use and cultivation for medicinal purposes. Marijuana research is being conducted at universities, elite members of our community are showing their support, and advancements are being made every single day. Nonetheless, it is a crime to grow marijuana without a medical red card (How to apply for medical marijuana card?) if you don’t reside in a legal state.

Growing marijuana indoors alleviates the worry. Many people are growing cannabis indoors as we speak, producing large, beautiful, plants filled with those delightful buds that you so greatly appreciate. If you’re ready to join the trend, learning how to grow is the first step. Growing marijuana indoors isn’t as difficult as some people would assume. In fact, it takes just 10 simple, easy steps to grow!

What You’ll Need to Monitor During Growing

Growing marijuana indoors allows you to keep an eye on the entire growth process. Marijuana is a plant that requires lots of attention if you want it to yield powerful, potent results, though the overall process is fairly simple once you get the swing of things. Checking in on your plants three or four times per day can help yield the best results, especially for the beginning grower.

It is important to monitor the amount of air and light that the plant receives when growing marijuana indoors. Marijuana is a native outdoor plant and thrives when pristine conditions are noted. Thus, proper air flow, proper light, and the right amount of moisture are key ingredients to a successful grow.

Flowering plants like marijuana produce fruits only once per year during the fall season. They’re fruitful during this cooler period after receiving sunlight and nutrients during the warmer months. It’s called a photosynthesis period and is a process that you’ll need to reproduce when growing marijuana indoors. To do this, the plants need up to 16-hours of light during the seedling stage and approximately 12-hours during the flowering process.

The photosynthesis also requires proper air be delivered to the plant. All plants need air to survive, including the cannabis plant. A steady stream of airflow in the grow room is essential to a healthy marijuana plant. Marijuana plants thrive in temperatures ranging from 70 F to 85 F; an exhaust fan can help you maintain these temperatures. Since some strains of the marijuana plant prefer lower temperatures while others thrive when temperatures are closer to the highest temperature point, it is important to properly educate yourself on the preferences of the seedling before you begin.

Step 10: Dry & Cure Your Buds Like a Professional

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If you think that your job as a grower is complete after harvest, think again! The curing process is the final stage of growing cannabis indoors. Curing the buds is a process that dies the buds slowly in a weather-controlled environment, then transferring to a glass jar to allow the various plant processes to occur. When buds are cured, they’re easier to smoke, causing less harshness. They also smell better (that lovely smell is one that every marijuana smoker enjoys nearly as much as actually ingesting) and are far more potent.

To cure the buds, place them in a dry environment that has a room temperature of about 70 F. The room should contain about 50% humidity. When the buds are moved to mason jars, raise the humidity level in the room to about 58% – 65%.  Curing buds takes only 5 to 7 days total; it’s worth the few added days.

Once you’ve cut the buds from the plant, hang them upside down after trimming.  Allow the buds to dry hanging upside down until the stems snap when they’re bent. If the buds easily pop off, it is time to enjoy the rewards!  The slower the curing process, the better the benefits. Never attempt to speed dry the bud since it reverses the benefits of curing. Even if the buds become a bit overdry, curing is still beneficial.

Use one-quart wide-mouth mason jars to cure the bud. A drying rack is helpful to hang the buds from, though there are alternative methods if the rack is unavailable. Use a hygrometer if you want to measure the humidity levels in the dry to prevent over-drying.

You can cut off the entire plant to hang upside down or only specific branches. Be sure that the extra leaves are trimmed from the plants, though this isn’t absolutely necessary. Trimming the bud improves the overall appearance and reduces the harshness of the buds when smoking.

Use a small fan to improve the airflow quality in the room if you notice the buds are wet or soggy. The improved airflow reduces the risk of the buds becoming moldy, which is one of the most common concerns during this stage of the growth process. Do not point the fan directly at the buds, but instead in another direction. This prevents the buds from drying out too fast.

After the five to seven day period has passed, it is time to place the buds into the mason jars. The one-quart size (sometimes labeled as 32-ounce) prevents mold growth and provides appropriate humidity levels for success. Mason jars can be purchased from the local grocery store or craft store for just a few dollars each.

The one-quart mason jar holds approximately one ounce of buds. Fill the jar to about 75% capacity so room still comes in at the top. There should be enough room in the jar to allow the jars to move around. If you notice the buds sticking together, they’re too wet. This problem is easily resolved by leaving the lid off of the jar for a short time.

Check on the buds at least once per day during the first few days of the curing process. Many people check the buds several times per day, especially if there is a moisture concern. As long as the buds are examined once every 24-hours, however, you should be good to go.  When you check on the buds, make sure to also open the jar once a day to give the buds the fresh air they need. The cannabis smell increases each and every day during the curing process. When the aroma that fills the air is aromatic, you’re on the right path!

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