What to know about Curing and Storing Part – 1 of a 4-part series

Part 1 – Curing…the most critical step in your cultivation process After spending months waiting for harvest, experienced cultivators know the most critical part of the process is still ahead…..curing. That’s right, curing is everything when it comes to achieving the optimal flavor, aroma, potency, and longevity of your buds. After the initial post-harvest drying phase of 1 to 2 weeks, there is still moisture in the buds and stems that need to be slowly removed over time. Dry to quickly at this point and your harvest will produce inferior, harsh, and stale product. Go too quickly into storage or packaging and you risk losing your entire harvest to dangerous mold. Curing is done immediately following initial drying. And it’s this slow “drying” process where many good things happen to produce an optimal product. Curing develops Terpenes that produce the unique flavor profile you’re looking for. The minerals and sugars that develop naturally during initial drying are broken down in curing, producing a smoother product. And curing is also the time when maximum potency is achieved. When your product goes through proper curing you will achieve an all-around superior product. But curing needs to be done correctly for all these good things to happen. Even though the need for curing is widely understood, the challenge most cultivators face is how to cost effectively control, manage, and automate the curing process. Once harvested and dried, product is placed in various size curing contains. From this point, curing typically becomes a manual and largely un-regulated process. With thousands of dollars of product in each curing container why risk producing an inferior...