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Sometimes simple is best

A cardboard Box with some string threaded thru it to make hangers , Chop your branches off with a nook at the end , Hang for a week in a dark place with a slight air exchange ( Not blowing on the buds ) . Check them every day and test by snapping a branch to see if it bends or breaks .

When you feel its dry enough to come off the branch . strip it and place the bud in a drying net like this ..

If you want to cure your bud , You may want to move it from the net to a container or jars . then back to the net every day or so

Simple is allways best

kingofqueen
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Right on guys all good info there . I should clarify though , all my growing pratices are done in a garage and it gets cold . My grow enclosure is insulated for this . So I have to dry in the garage too ,so I need to come up with a cabinet ,chest , tote and convert it to a drying box that is insulated , has ventilation , and possibly humidity and heat sources .

I have seen some diy ideas for these but none very advanced that give up details . Was hoping to come across someone who has done this and could point me in the right direction .

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Right on guys all good info there . I should clarify though , all my growing pratices are done in a garage and it gets cold . My grow enclosure is insulated for this . So I have to dry in the garage too ,so I need to come up with a cabinet ,chest , tote and convert it to a drying box that is insulated , has ventilation , and possibly humidity and heat sources .

I have seen some diy ideas for these but none very advanced that give up details . Was hoping to come across someone who has done this and could point me in the right direction .

I usually dry my plants in my grow box because of the carbon filter and the controlled area.

I was using a footlocker to harden my clones. Just a regular footlocker with 2 Computer Fans for ventilation. 1 at top for exhaust and one on the bottom for intake.

I took out the lighting (4 x CFL’s & 2 Flouros)

I put my heating pad (cloner) and place the buds in baskets and stacked them.

They dry pretty well. I also add some ONA in a cup, under a shoe box by the exhaust to help with the smell.

Hope this helps, it works really well for me I don’t have any advanced plans, I just cut the whole for the fans, wired them to a small transformer and there we go.

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Do you have to dry using a drying box?

Manicuring, Drying, And Curing Marijuana

Right after all the plants have been harvested, it is time to manicure them. Manicuring is simply cutting off the leaves that were growing from the buds. Cut off all the leaves surrounding the bud, so that just the bud remains.

Work over a glass table or some kind of smooth flat surface. This will make it easy to collect all the material that has been cut away from the buds. It is lower in THC than the buds, but rather than throw it away, you can use it to make hash oil.

When manicuring the buds, use a pair of scissors with small blades (to reach hard to get leaves) that is comfortable on your hands. If you have a small crop, you can handle the plants with you bare hands. With a large crop, wear powder free latex gloves.

The latex gloves will collect trichome resin in a similar manner to the way live marijuana plants are rubbed to make hashish. The latex gloves have to be powder free or the powder will get mixed into the resin.

Do not touch anything other than the plants once you have put the gloves on. If you have to do something, remove the gloves you are wearing and put them in a plastic bag, prior to doing whatever it is that has to be done.

When finished, put on a pair of new gloves. Material on the first pair can be collected later. When you are finished manicuring all the plants, remove the gloves and place them in a plastic bag (to catch resin that drops off).

Put the plastic bag with the gloves in a freezer for 2-3 hours. The trichome resin can easily be peeled from the frozen latex gloves and consumed the same way you would use hashish.

If absolutely necessary, you can wait to manicure the buds. However, the job will take more time if you wait. Manicuring right after the plants are harvested will also speed the drying process.

Instead smoking marijuana directly after it is harvested and manicured, it is best to dry and cure it. Some new growers might be in such a rush to try the marijuana that they don’t want to dry the crop, or they might be tempted to put buds in a microwave oven to dry them out.

Drying Marijuana After Harvest

You probably don’t want to smoke marijuana that is harsh and bad tasting. If you do not take time to dry the bud, you will not get the best possible smell and taste your crop is capable of producing.

Proper drying and curing will also ensure maximum potency of the marijuana you have grown. Marijuana is not potent just after harvest. Some of the THC is in a non-psychoactive acidic form. Drying marijuana the right way will convert the non-psychoactive acidic compounds into psychoactive THC.

The area where the drying is done should be dark. Light and high temperatures (higher than about 80 degrees) will cause THC to break down into less desirable chemicals, this will lower the potency of the finished product.

A good way to dry the crop is to hang the buds upside-down by the stem, from some string or wire. The drying marijuana must have some circulation blowing over it at all times. A gentle breeze that circulates over all the plants is necessary.

A fan or two will circulate air within the drying room. Fans will aid in drying the plants evenly, and reducing the chances of mold. If mold starts and is allowed to grow, it might ruin all of your crop. Mold looks like white fuzz and has an odor that is unpleasant.

You will have to keep the temperature and humidity within a certain range for optimal results. Conditions should remain constantly somewhere within the following ranges, temperature should be between 65-75 degrees F, relative humidity should be between 45%-55%.

At temperatures lower than 65 degrees, drying time will be lengthened. At temperatures higher than 75 degrees, the heat will cause the outer portion of the bud to dry quicker than the inner part, and the taste will suffer.

At humidity levels lower than 45%, the marijuana will dry too fast and the taste will suffer. At humidity levels higher than 55%, the marijuana will take a long time to dry, and it will be prone to mold.

Keep a hygrometer and a thermometer in the drying area, close to the plants. A hygrometer will allow you to keep an eye on the relative humidity level in the room and a thermometer will display the temperature. Some hygrometers

have built in thermometers so you can measure the temperature and humidity together.

Depending on the time of year and your location, a heater or an air conditioner may be necessary to adjust the temperature. To control humidity, a dehumidifier can lower humidity and a humidifier can be used to raise humidity. There are warm mist humidifiers and cool mist humidifiers.

A warm mist humidifier will raise the temperature while a cool mist humidifier will not affect the temperature. There are also humidifiers that allow you to switch between warm or cool mist. If you are going to purchase a humidifier for this purpose, take your climate into consideration and buy an appropriate humidifier.

Warm mist models will actually heat the water and release warm humidity. Cool mist water isn’t cooled, it just means that water is not heated. In most cases a cool mist will work best. To be safe you can get a humidifier that lets you switch between warm and cool mist.

Curing Marijuana

It will take at least a week or two to dry the crop with temperatures between 65-75 degrees F and relative humidity between 45%-55%. You will know when the marijuana is dry if the stems snap or break (rather than fold) when they are bent. Try smoking a small bud (1/2 gram or less) in a joint to be sure it is dry enough.

At this time, small buds will be dry enough to smoke. But larger buds should be cured (slow dried) to ensure that the marijuana is as potent and tasty as possible. If necessary, you can set aside buds that are less than 1/2 gram for smoking, while larger buds cure.

The cure lasts a week or two. even longer would be better for many strains. The aim of what you are doing is evenly finishing the slow dry process, so that mold will not grow when the buds are stored long term. Also, by the end of the cure, any remaining inactive THC will be converted to active THC (that increases potency).

To cure the crop, you will need one or more containers made out of glass or plastic. Some people say plastic can impart a taste to the marijuana. Personally, plastic containers that some types of roll your own tobacco are sold in, have no negative effect on the taste.

Containers that have a rubber seal work best, but any type of container with a tight fitting lid will do. One quart canning jars do a very good job if you are curing a few pounds or less. They have a rubber seal and hold 2 or more ounces of marijuana per one quart jar.

When curing quantities in excess of a few pounds, large (over 40 quarts) plastic storage boxes

are recommended. They are not air tight, but will do the job when smaller air tight containers are not practical.

Gently place your marijuana in the containers (cut buds to size if the are too big to fit in the container) and put the top on. Store the containers in a dark area where the temperature is between 50-65 degrees and the humidity is between 40%-60%
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You will have to open the containers for a few minutes to allow moisture to escape by fanning with your hand. If any moisture builds up on the inside of the cap on your container, wipe it off. Do this preferably 2-6 times daily, at regular 4-12 hour intervals.

You should also re-arrange the buds by giving them a quarter-turn once a day. This will ensure that different parts of the buds are exposed to the air in the container. Keep up this routine for 7-10 days. When properly dried, marijuana will burn evenly when smoked in a joint (if stems are removed).

The taste will be as good as it can be, and the THC will have reached a point where it is ready to be ingested or stored. You can keep any marijuana that will be consumed within a few months (1 year maximum) in the same containers used for curing, without having to keep opening them to release moisture.

If the marijuana is to be stored for more than a few months, you can use a vacuum sealer (designed for storing food) to seal the marijuana in an airtight environment. If stored in a dark area that is between 40-55 degrees F, the marijuana in vacuum sealed plastic will remain potent for up to 5 years.

Dry marijuana can be stored in a frost-free freezer, but some of the THC on the outer part of the buds may be damaged when frozen. A refrigerator is in the right temperature range but they tend to be humid (unless you can control the humidity).

If stored in an area of high humidity for months or years, even vacuum sealed marijuana can eventually become as humid as the surrounding air. This will necessitate drying it again before smoking. But, unless mold develops, humidity itself will not degrade the THC or make the marijuana any less potent.

Light will degrade some of the THC, so dark containers can be used for storage. If you place the marijuana in a see through container, it will have to be located in a dark area that is not exposed to light or high temperatures.

Always make sure to properly dry your marijuana prior to storage, if you grow your own or if the stuff you have is very moist. And remember that to preserve marijuana potency at a maximum level, keep any exposure to air, heat, and light at a minimum.

I'm close to harvest and I have been researching drying box plans and have seen some really great diy ideas . Alot of these are made from storage totes…

How to dry weed plants: the best way to dry marijuana

Knowing how to dry weed plants correctly is a critical step for growers. Drying marijuana plants correctly is essential to fully bring out the best in your buds. In this article you’ll learn the best way to dry weed to bring out maximum taste, smell, smoothness of smoke, and overall bud quality and appearance.

What is the best temperature and humidity to dry weed?

The best way to dry your weed is to do it as slowly as possible in a controlled humidity environment around 50%. The best temperature to dry marijuana is around room temperature, 68°F to 70°F. Your goal is to dry the weed as slowly as possible to just the right level of dryness. You can expect to lose about 3/4 of the weight of freshly cut buds as the water dries out.

Drying weed at the optimal humidity and temperature levels will ensure a slow dry. It is important to dry as slowly as possible, because if you dry too quickly the bud color, taste, and smell will be negatively affected and you risk over-drying your buds as well.

This can be more difficult in dry environments. You can easily maintain the proper humidity level in a grow tent or drying room using a humidity controller connected to your exhaust fan or dehumidifier. Since drying weed will give off moisture and raise the RH within a small tent, you can set the controller to turn on your exhaust at 55% and then turn off when the RH hits 45%. This will keep you right where you need it. We use an Inkbird IHC-200 humidity controller (around $40 on Amazon) and it works great for drying weed plants.

Never dry your cannabis plants in the microwave, food dehydrator, or an oven unless you really want to mess with the flavor, smell, appearance, and smoothness of the buds. Any method that dries too quickly will make your buds’ quality less than it could be with proper slow drying techniques at the best humidity and temperature levels. Excess heat will negative affect the terpine profile of your buds, which in turn will affect their taste and smell. Try to avoid temperatures over 80°F.

How long should marijuana dry?

Exact amount of time it takes to dry marijuana plants depends a lot about the environment where you dry them. Drying in high temperatures will cause drying to occur quickly. Low humidity levels will also dry your buds out quickly.

It usually takes between 5 to 10 days to dry out marijuana to the proper level. You know your marijuana is properly dried when small stems start to snap instead of bend. 7-10 it better, and it can take as long as 14 in certain conditions.

Someimes weed plants will dry in as little as 3 days in too dry or too hot conditions, but this will reduce the flavor and smell and produce lower quality buds then in a slower dry. Buds that are dried on the sticks rather than cut off usually dry longer because they pull moisture out of the stems, this is recommended to slow drying and having the buds still attached to the main branches also makes the buds easy to hang to dry.

Keeping your buds on the stems is a great way to ensure a slower dry which will improve the quality. So if you are wondering if you should keep marijuana on the stems when drying, the answer is yes. Some growers will hang entire plants upside down to dry. This is great to increase drying time but can be a bit unmanageable on the trimming side. Dry trimming smaller branches is much easier than doing large whole plants.

Some growers leave all of the sugar leaves and fan leaves on their plants when drying. This slows out the drying process since the buds can pull moisture in from the stems. But it makes the buds very difficult to trim later. It’s much easier to trim freshly cut plants which have sugar leaves that stick straight out. When dried, these leaves curl in and this makes it more difficult to manicure weed. People make impassioned arguments for both wet or dry trims, so if you’re on the fence try a little each way on your next grow.

What to do if your weed is too moist after drying

If you under-dry your cannabis buds they may still feel dry on the edges when you jar them, but you will find that the moisture in the middle quickly pulls out towards the edges of the buds at the start of the curing process. They could feel damp or even wet. Don’t ignore wet buds.

If your weed is too moist, you need to open the jar and let the buds air out early in the curing process. Leave the cover off for a few hours for lightly damp buds. If your buds feel very damp or wet, you can take them out of the jar and place on a piece of cardboard until they are dry enough to return to the jar. Never let wet buds sit stuck together. Shake the jar gently each day when you burp it during curing to separate buds and keep wet spots from forming. Don’t shake too hard though, or you risk damaging the appearance of your buds and knocking trichomes off.

It is important not leave marijuana too wet or you risk having the mold. Mold will ruin the entire jar. It must be avoided at all costs. Monitoring your weed several times daily during the first few days of curing is a great way to catch any issues with underdried weed quickly.

If you live in a humid environment you may find the ambient humidity exceeds 70%, which will not allow your buds to dry when you open your jar. In this case, consider a dehumidifier. If it’s hot and humid, sometimes the dehumidifier will only add to the heat without effectively lowering the humidity. Air conditioners will solve this problem, as they lower humidity and temperature at once.

Learn more about how to cure marijuana properly in order to deal with under-dried cannabis issues during the curing process.

What to do if your weed is too dry

Boveda Humidipacks can help restore moisture to overdried weed. Boveda 58 and Boveda 62 Humidipacks are the most commonly used humidity percentages for drying marijuana.

If your marijuana dried out too much during the weed drying process or you’re looking to add moisture to a bag that may have dried out on you, the best answer is to use Boveda 58 or 62 Humidipacks. Boveda packs will help hydrate bud that becomes crispy or crumbly, returning it to a proper range nearing 58% or 62% humidity which is ideal for curing and longer term storage.

There is some debate among growers about which percentage is better to use. I used to use Boveda 62% Humidipacks but found the weed was too damp to stay lit without additional drying, so now I’m going with 58%.

They come in several sizes, and the 8 gram packs are perfect for half gallon mason jars. 10 pack of small pouches. If you have a larger crop in a single container you can opt for the larger sizes.

When I was younger people used to rehydrate dried marijuana to proper levels by adding orange peels to your jar. The orange peels add a citrus smell and flavor to your buds in addition to making them more moist. But you’d need to carefully to monitor your jar as orange peels left for a few days will grow mold. Yuck.

What’s the best place to dry your weed?

The best place to dry your weed depends on several factors such as how much you’re willing to spend, how much room you have, and the conditions within your drying area.

The best location for drying marijuana will have a temperature of around 65-70 degrees and a humidity of around 50%. Lower humidity levels can be boosted with a humidifier. Avoid too humid conditions as plants will dry very slowly and you risk having them mold if the environment is too damp.

There will be a noticeable odor of marijuana when you dry your plants. Make sure that you factor in odor control when selecting the best place to dry your weed. Using carbon filters to clean the air is recommended if you are concerned about controlling odors from drying weed. Some air movement in the drying room is beneficial, but avoid fans pointing directly at your drying weed plants as those plants will dry out very quickly due to the constant breeze.

Hanging marijuana plants upside down to dry

The easiest and cheapest method is to just hang the sticks upside down off of either a coat hanger or a piece of clothesline. This allows you to stack a bunch of plants in a row. It’s free too and can conform to the space you have available, which is another big plus.

Some growers choose to hang entire plants upside down to trim and dry, which can slow the dry time. But it’s easier to just address each branch individually. When cutting a branch off of the plant you can cut it so there’s a little hook on the end for easy hanging, it’s much easier than using clothes pins. Make sure that your buds aren’t touching each other to avoid potential moisture issues that can lead to mold.

Drying weed on mesh drying racks

You can also dry buds in a mesh marijuana drying rack. Drying racks contain multiple levels, so they let you dry a lot of weed in a small space. They’re good if you are looking to dry in a small closet or a small grow tent.

Drying racks can be used with buds that have been removed from sticks, and they can also be used to dry whole branches at a time.

Since your buds are sitting flat they won’t dry as evenly in drying racks. Air won’t flow around them the same way, and the bottom of buds might not dry as evenly as the top. But if you shuffle them around every other day that will help.

How to use a cardboard box to dry weed

You can even dry weed in a cardboard box. If you dry marijuana plants in a cardboard box, they’ll have a certain “cardboard” taste. Make sure to flip the buds over daily and not let wet spots form underneath. Wet equals mold. If you dry marijuana on cardboard, it will become slightly pressed down on the area touching the cardboard. It also tends to have a musty taste. It’s not something we recommend.

You can also dry weed in cardboard boxes by stringing twine in rows a few inches apart across the top of the box. Hang stems upside down from these strings, making sure that they don’t touch each other or the edges of the box so that the weed dries evenly.

Drying marijuana in grow tents

Drying marijuana in grow tents is a good option for several reasons. Most tents have poles running across the top, perfect for using clothes hangers to dry upside down plants or to use mesh drying racks to dry weed.

If your tent already has a carbon filter set up as part of the exhaust system then you can control odors from drying weed as well. Make sure that you don’t have any circulation fans blowing right on the plants to avoid overly fast drying.

Make sure to check tents at least daily and monitor humidity levels inside the tent closely when drying your buds. If you have a humidity controller attached to your exhaust system you can turn on the the flow if you notice the humidity inside the tent is climbing too high.

If you’re planning on getting a grow tent to dry marijuana then you can use some of the cheaper grow tent options (as opposed to needing a higher-quality lightproof tent with stronger zippers to sustain the wear and tear for extended grow runs).

Cheap tents don’t have the zippers to stand up to thousands of ups and downs that are needed to grow a few runs of plants. Plus they’re less likely to be truly lightproof, which means you risk hermaphroditing your female plants by interupting their dark cycle during flowering.

Better grow tents also have sturdier contruction, thicker tent panels, more openings for vents and cables, and more zippering windows to allow for easier access to tend plants.

Summary: Drying weed

The best way to dry marijuana is to do it as slowly as possible. Drying weed slowly brings out optimal taste, smell, appearance, and overall bud quality. After you’ve determined when to harvest marijuana plants you should dry them properly and then make sure to properly cure your weed once it is dry.

The best humidity to dry weed is 50%. The best temperatures for drying weed is around 65-70 degrees. Drying times will be impacted if the temperature or humidity fall above or below these levels.

Drying weed on the stems is a good way to slow the drying process for marijuana. Trimming first is easiest and preferred by many growers, but leaving sugar leaves and even fan leaves on the plant will slow the drying process even more for growers with either too dry or too hot a drying location.

If you over- or under-dry your weed there are ways to correct this, just make sure to pay attention so that you don’t risk wet, moldy buds.

Drying marijuana plants correctly is essential to fully bring out the best in your buds. In this article you'll learn the best way to dry weed to bring our maximum taste, smell, smoothness of smoke, and overall bud quality and appearance.