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Drying Buds In Brown Paper Bags And More . . .

Is Drying Bud In Paper Bags legit?

Using the brown paper bag, weed drying method, at first glance, seems a bit shabby. However, if you know what you are doing, a simple paper bag will work wonders for most hobbyists or small-time growers.

Drying and Curing Weed Is Essential

If you do not correctly dry and cure your plants, you will have sub-par results, even if you have purchased top-shelf weed, bought the best-LED grow lights on the market, and have the best grow tent.

Dry herb is a make-it-or-break-it moment when it comes to harvesting cannabis. At best, if you do not have a correctly dried bud, you will lose vital terpenes. At worst, your buds may be lost because of bud rot. So, learn to dry bud correctly and you will be on your way to growing cannabis that you can be proud to smoke and share with your friends.

Curing is Also Necessary

As stated, curing and drying cannabis is absolutely necessary for you to get the most out of your plants. As they are both vitally important, I will in the near future write an article on how to implement that best curing process for home growers.

This post though will primarily examine the paper bag method of weed drying.

Why Is Dry Weed Necessary?

Dry weed is necessary for several reasons, which will be explained below.

Mildew Control

Perhaps, the most important reason is that if that you’ll be more likely to get powdery mildew on dried buds when a half-assed job is done on drying.

So, you could have had the best buds ever grown. But, because you were trying to cut corners; your buds are now mildewed mess.

Quality Control

When cannabis is improperly dried the terpenes will escape via evaporation. And, with fewer terpenes, your cannabis plant will be less likely to develop its distinctive taste and smell.

Can You Smoke Fresh Picked Bud?-The answer to this is no, as freshly picked weed will almost always be too wet for smoking.

If you somehow get freshly cut weed lit, it will taste awful and you’ll likely have a monster headache.

Cannabis Drying Process

The following is what needs to be done, no matter how you do it before you start drying weed:

  1. Pick your buds at their peak ripeness
  2. Do your proper bud trimming
  3. Prep the drying area

I will go over each of these steps in detail below.

Trimming Bud

Wet and dry trimming are the two types that are most commonly done for harvest. With wet trimming, the buds are cut right after they are ripe and ready to be harvested.

With dry trimming, you start cutting after the drying has finished, and right before you start curing. Most professionals recommend wet trimming as your trimmed bud will be able to be more precisely cut, and you are less likely to lose resin.

How Do You Do A Wet Trimming?

With wet trimming, you need to remember to do the following:

  1. Fan Leaf-Remove the fan leaves that do not have any resin glands on them.
  2. Sugar Leaf-Remove and save the sugar leaves. (Leaves that are covered in little white crystals or resin glands)-These leaves work for edibles, bubble hash, cannabutter, etc.

Trimming bud is a detailed process that is beautifully shown below in this video. The video below will show you the exact way to remove both the fan leaf, sugar leaf, and prepare your plants for drying.

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Drying Room Environment

The best practices for a drying room are listed below:

  1. Cleanliness-The drying room and or bags used to dry cannabis need to be thoroughly cleaned. TIP-A hydrogen peroxide solution is recommended if you want to make sure the room is extra sterile.
  2. Environment-The environment in your room, bag, or another container, should be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity at 50%.d

How does Drying Buds In Paper Bags Work?

It can be challenging to keep your room at 50% humidity. That’s why this method is so helpful when the humidity in your bag is higher than the relative humidity in the dry room. The reason for this is that it is easier to control humidity in a closed bag vs. a room.

When Should You Start Bud Trimming?

Buds Ready To Harvest

It can be a tightrope knowing when to harvest and start getting your plants ready for smoking. If you start too soon your weed will have lower THC, and also your crop yield will not reach its full potential. On the other hand, When you harvest too late your weed will be more likely to rot and also self-pollinate.

So, if you want to have weed to be proud of and a joy to smoke you need to know when you should exactly start trimming and drying your plants.

There are two ways to know when your weed is ready to be processed for drying-the visual method and microscope.

  • Visual Method-A bud is ready to be harvested when you see that the hairs (“trichome”) on the bud are dark, curled inward, and a solid bud is seen be under the hairs.
  • Microscope-When buds are near the time to be harvested, the head of the trichomes will start turning a milky white color. When this occurs the buds will be at their highest THC and CBD levels.

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Can you Dry The Whole Plant in The Bag?

No, it is not recommended. Instead, you need to trim it before you put it in the bag.

How Much Do You Store In a Bag?

At most, two to three layers.

How Long Should They Be In The Bag?

It should take from two to three days for cannabis to be dried enough for curing. However, never rely solely on the number of days passed. Instead, examine the cannabis plants to see if they are ready to start being cured.

How To Tell If It Is Ready For Curing?

During drying the chlorophyll product will decrease, which results in buds turning a yellow and brown-like color. So, one sign that your buds are done drying is when they become brittle to the touch and are no longer a bright green. Other signs are that the stem should break and not bend when it is folded.

Tips On When You Should Open The Drying Bag

The drying bag should only be opened to check to see if the humidity levels are correct. So, when you open it, bring your hygrometer to measure the RH. If the RH in the bag is above 50% you can use a fan, which will help with air circulation and also control moisture. Additionally, you should place, a humidity pack, like the one that is listed below.

Brown Paper Bag Vs. Drying Rack

What is better for drying weed, a cannabis drying rack, or the brown paper bag? For the average hobbyist, small-time grower, the paper bag is better.

First of all, a drying rack will almost always take up more space, than brown bags. A Brown bag is much easier to fit in cramped spaces than a cumbersome rack. So, based on convenience alone, I would choose a bag for drying weed.

Also, depending upon where you live, the brown bag drying method is better than a rack as it is more private. Unlike a cannabis drying rack, you can easily store a cannabis-filled bag in various nooks and crannies in your house. Additionally, if needed drying weed can be stored and easily hidden, which is not possible with a cumbersome cannabis drying rack.

Final Thoughts

Even though drying buds in brown paper bags may seem to some as being tacky, it is the best way to dry bud for the average home grower for the following reasons: It takes less space (especially so, when compared to air drying), and it is very discreet.


Tips For Drying Buds In High Humidity

As stated earlier, 50% humidity is preferred to dry buds, as If you have any more than 50% you are likely to have mildew and other problems.

To review, for excess humidity, if you are using a brown bag method a humidity pack can be placed in the bag. Additionally, use fans, AC, and a dehumidifier to get the RH in your drying area to 50%.

Drying FAQ

Why did your Buds, Turn Brown? First of all, it is perfectly normal for your buds to turn brown or a yellow-like color during drying. The reason for this is that cannabis produces less chlorophyll when it loses moisture. This results in the green color being lessened. With less green, your cannabis buds will then turn brown or yellowish color.

How Much Do Buds Shrink When Drying?

Your cannabis buds will shrink when drying up to 50% or 3/4 of their weight. The reason for this is that less moisture means less bulk and weight for your plants.

Are buds turning brown while drying a problem? 

No, buds turning brown or a yellowish color is normal. Drying gets rid of the chlorophyll, which in turn, means that the color green will be less prominent in dried buds.

Don’t Do This When Drying

Avoid all of the following:

  1. Using The Same Room-Drying and growing in the same room is not advised as drying buds require a different environment (humidity, temperature, etc.) that is needed for growth.
  2. Covering Or Confining The Paper Bag-You should never place a brown drying bag that is filled with weed in any closed containers. I.E. Closed Glass Jar or closed containers. Closed containers trap air, which in turn results in excess moisture. Excess moisture causes the dreaded bud rot, mildew, and other moisture-related problems.
  3. Use a Mason Jar-As I explained above, because of a greater chance of mold infestation, a Mason Jar or any closed, air-tight, curing jar or miscellaneous containers should never be used for drying.

Quick Drying

Taking shortcuts in life often leads to mistakes. Quick drying buds are no exception to this general rule, As quick-drying methods are to be avoided. Some of these methods are using a microwave, food dehydrator, or oven.

Even though the above techniques are not generally recommended. Under some circumstances, you might want a smokeable bud ASAP. As a result, at a later date, I will have a post on the best way to quickly dry weed.


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