Water Curing: What It Is And How To Do It
Published : Jun 23, 2018
Categories : Cannabis cultivation
Have you ever wanted to cure your herb quicker, without sacrificing a smooth and healthier smoke? Well, that’s all possible with water curing. Find out the simple steps to this supercharged curing method.
Curing is an essential part of producing great bud. Without this all-important step, the true potential of your buds cannot be fulfilled. Even for organic growers who put plenty of time and effort into the cultivation of their plants, curing is essential to unlocking the best flavours and effects from each and every strain. Plus, curing makes for a smoother smoke that your lungs will thank you for.
The traditional method of curing allows for sugars and nutrients to be broken down and digested by the buds over time. This is why they sit still in a mason jar for a period of 2 weeks to several months. But water curing works differently. Let’s find out what makes this method special.
HOW WATER CURING WORKS
Instead of waiting patiently for the flowers to digest these substances, this method uses water to achieve the same effect—in much less time. Nutrients and sugars both dissolve in water. Therefore, by submerging the buds, these substances will leach out and mix in with the liquid.
The process of water curing couldn’t be simpler. Like with regular curing, you’ll add your buds to a mason jar. With this method, however, you’ll want to leave a little more space in the jar so you can easily fill it up to the top with distilled water. You can use tap water at your own risk, but distilled will avoid further contamination. Once you have everything in the jar, leave it in there for about a week, changing the water on a daily basis. This allows for a continuous cycle of cleansing the buds of unnecessary particulates, without harming their final quality. Once this period has ended, buds will take an additional 3 to 4 days to dry fully.
DIFFERENCES TO NORMAL CURING
Being that one method uses water while the other doesn’t, they won’t yield the exact same results. Although much faster, water curing will remove some of the flavour and aroma from your buds, as terpenes are water-soluble. As such, your bud will retain more of a grassy smell that some users enjoy and others shy away from. It all depends on what you’re looking for from your smoke.
One of the problems you’ll be avoiding with water curing is the threat of mould. This is a much more common occurrence with normal curing because the buds dry out slowly, and with a fair amount of stale air. This gives time for mould to propagate and develop in the moist interior of the buds. When water curing, just be careful during those last days you’re drying the buds. This is a very crucial time. Definitely wait until the buds are completely dry before adding them to a clean mason jar, as mould can strike.
WHY IT’S A GOOD ALTERNATIVE
Another good thing about this method is that, unlike terpenes, cannabinoids are not water-soluble. This means that while the water will remove the stuff you don’t want (chlorophyll, fats, additives, etc), it’ll leave the good stuff in there. THC, CBD, and all the other cannabinoids will remain unadulterated.
Although the flavour of water-cured buds might be lessened, the smoke will likely be much smoother. If you’re someone who tends to cough a lot when smoking, water curing might be the trick for you. Try it out and see!
But the reason why most growers use this technique is speed. This method takes a fraction of the time of regular curing, which is ideal for impatient growers waiting for their personal stash or commercial cultivators looking to move operations along.
But if you need your bud for this week, there’s an even quicker method for you. Place a large bowl in the sink under a constant flow of water with your buds inside. Make sure this is a very thin stream so it doesn’t push the buds out of the bowl. Having fresh water constantly moving over your buds decreases curing time significantly. Leave this bowl under the tap for 9 or 10 hours, rearranging the buds and draining the bowl as necessary. After this, your buds can go right to the drying stage.
It’s a matter of personal choice as a grower and a consumer. Whatever you decide to do will be the right choice for you.
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What is water curing?
Original article published here.
When you harvest your weed, the buds still have all sorts of nastiness in them. Stuff like nutrients and sugars. If you grow organic, in theory, none of this should actually be bad for you, as far as I know. But, it tastes nasty. You definitely want to get rid of this stuff.
The “classic” way of curing is dry your bud very slowly. If you keep it in a cool, dark, humid place, the plant will continue to digest the sugars and nutrients. As well, some sugars with break down over time. Give it a week or two and it’ll gobble up most of what’s left, leaving you with good tasting weed. The classic curing method has a number of downsides, including a propensity towards mold. Methods like jar curing and bag curing are tweaks on classic curing, aiming to reduce the risk of mold and increase the amount of nutrients and sugars digested.
Water curing is a totally different method.
Instead of relying on the plant to digest the remaining nutes, you use water to dissolve them. If take some weed and soak it in a bunch of water. Nutrients are basically salts, and sugars are sugar. Sugar and salt dissolve well in water. THC and the resin glands don’t dissolve in water. Water works faster than digestion, so water curing is a great way to cure in a rush.
Normally, you water cure in sealed jars. Take a glass jar, like the kind you use for jar curing. Fill it with water and bud then close it tight. Change the water once a day for 3-5 days then strain out the water. Dry in a typical fashion (being extra careful about mold, since any lingering water droplets can increase the chance of contamination). That’s it! It takes 5 to 8 days, which is a lot better than the 10 to 18 days normal curing takes.
This method leaves your bud with very little taste or smell. It tastes flat, not even grassy. The smoke has very little smell and is not discernibly marijuana. And, it’s smoootthhhh. Like Belvedere vodka…little flavor so you can have some at lunch and no one will notice.
I have a tweak to this method. Instead of soaking it a sealed jar, I suggested using running water. My idea is that a continuous stream of water will cure faster. It works on the same principal as defrosting food, convection ovens, and even airflow in a grow room. Think of it this way; when you change the water at the end of the day, that water is pretty saturated. Saturated water doesn’t absorb new minerals as well as clean water does. When you have a convection current, you’re guaranteeing clean water all the time. This is why you want a running fan in your grow room, instead of just airing it out once a day.
To do this method, I filled a large bowl with bud and ran water over it. I used a very thin stream, so it was a small trickle of water coming in. The water was cool, but not cold. You want it cold enough that it doesn’t wilt the leaves, but not so cold that it makes the trichomes brittle. And you need just the smallest trickle of water. Too fast and you’ll agitate the trichomes and some will fall off.
8 hours is all it needs, maybe 10 if your buds are very dense or large.Learn how to "water cure" your newly harvested buds ]]>