Once you’ve started harvesting your marijuana crop you need to cure it.
Essentially all that you really have to do is dry the crop so that you can roll it up and smoke it. However, curing will effect the way your marijuana tastes when you smoke it.
Because we’re just talking abut the basics right now I’ll explain the easiest way I know off that gives the best results.
First, leave as much plant on the part you take as possible. In other words, when you’re cutting off a cola on a branch, take a lot of the branch.
Second, pull off the big fan leaves. You don’t need to trim the bud right now, but take off excess vegetation so that there is less danger of mold.
Third, place the bud where the air can flow over it. You don’t need to heat it up, but you want a dry, well ventilated place. You don’t need or want to dry the marijuana too quickly, but you do want it to dry out.
You can place the marijuana buds/branches on trays, or hang them from strings (this is common, because weed stalks can be easily bent or tied around things due to the hemp aspect of the plant).
As the branches dry the leaves and buds will dry first. They will then suck some moisture out of the stems and become a little more moist. This re-hydration is a good thing to allow take place because it will make the final smoke a little smoother.
Depending on how hot it is where you dry the bud the process should be complete in a week. If the buds get crumbly they’re getting too dry.
You’ll notice the hairs getting redder and redder, and they’ll shrink in size as they dry, even if they were fat and white when you started.
Don’t stack the bud on top of each other before it’s cured – it will get moldy!
When you think it’s ready trim the buds. You can keep the shake for cooking, smoking or giving away.
After it’s cured you can store it in tupperware, glass containers or anything else that can be sealed. You can even freeze it.
Growing marijuana may be illegal where you live. Check local laws. I do not recommend breaking the law, nor am I encouraging or inducing anyone to do so.