CBD has become one of the most sought-after products due to its immense health benefits. Many people in the US have taken to farming hemp for CBD production, especially after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized it. You may not know what goes into producing high-quality hemp-based CBD if you only buy ready to consume CBD online or in the brick-and-mortar stores. After harvesting hemp, it needs to be dried and cured to enhance its quality and potency and make it safe to store without developing mold and bacteria action taking place.
Reasons for curing CBD hemp
There are several reasons for the post-harvest processing of hemp for CBD production that involves drying and curing. Some of the reasons include:
- Curing helps to enhance the potency of the CBD.
- It disintegrates the chlorophyll, resulting in the enriching of the flavor and smell of the different strains.
- It reduces the possibility of unwanted side effects, which include paranoia and anxiety among the users.
- It unravels any subtle tastes or smells
- Curing lowers any incidence of bacteria or mold which could develop during the storage of the hemp
The Process of Drying and Curing CBD Hemp
Both drying and curing CBD hemp are vital to get high-quality hemp or marijuana products that are flavorful and attract a premium price on the market if you are looking to sell them. Below are some tips to help you in the processes:
Drying and curing should be done at a low temperature and slowly
Like making tasty and tender ribs and brisket where the barbeque chef smokes the meat at low temperatures slowly, unlike in the ordinary cooking, drying and curing CBD should be done at moderate temperatures slowly. This is to bring out the complex terpene flavor profiles. The slow processing also coaxes the optimal cannabinoid levels from the hemp flower.
- Do the processing in dark, well-ventilated places
After harvesting, you need to closely trim the mature hemp flower to do away with the excess leaves. The best way to dry the buds is to hang the trimmed buds from wire hangers or drying racks in a dark, well-ventilated place. It is best to keep away light because it can interfere with terpenes, therefore not yielding a top quality product. The appropriate temperature ranges in the drying room should be 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Going by the humidity level, the flowers will take 4 to 6 days to feel dry when touched. To test if the hemp is appropriately dry, you can squeeze the largest buds with your thumb and forefinger and it should not show any signs of wetness.
- Use sealable mason jars to cure the hemp
When the hemp feels dry to the touch, it is ready for curing. You need to have mason jars for the curing, and the best ones are the wide-mouthed colored ones. The wide opening allows easy redistribution of hemp buds and colors keep away the light. You put the dried hemp flowers in the jars up to ¾ full, seal the containers, and keep them in a cool, dry place. During the week, you need to open the jar for about a minute a couple of times a day and turn the flowers gently in the jar so that the remaining moisture can escape. However, the flowers should not feel too dry when you touch them. You need to open the jars briefly and then close them every day for the next ten days. After that, let the jars remain sealed. The flowers should have the recommended moisture of 59%-62% after six weeks in sealed jars, and you will have your top-shelf CBD-rich hemp flower that can offer an incredible user experience.
When you do proper drying and curing of hemp buds, they will be of high quality with no mold or mildew, which can ruin the final product. The product will also fetch the best price if you choose to sell it. And to get the best possible flavor, smell, and potency from the hemp, you must dry and cure the hemp at low temperatures and slowly