Why Your Weed Smells Like Hay And How To Stop It
Cannabis Production Problems: Weed Smelling Like Hay
Oh No!!! My weed Smells like Hay!! Why?!!
You’ve harvested your cannabis plants, and you’ve done everything that you were supposed to do:
- Purchased a top-of-the-line LED grow light system.
- Bought a top-shelf, highly rated cannabis strain for planting.
- Checked the soil PH levels to make sure they are at the optimum levels.
- Like clockwork, you made sure that your grow lights were on and off according to marijuana growing standards.
- You religiously checked the grow room humidity to make sure it is at the optimum levels.
- Your cannabis plants are devoid of pests and mold.
- Made sure that you didn’t either water your weed too much or too little.
- You made sure that all male cannabis plants were separated from the female plants.
- You harvested at the correct time, not too early or too late.
- You cannabis plants look as if they could be a High Times Cannabis Cup Winner.
In theory, everything should be perfect. After drying and curing your babies, you discover that instead of the delicious marijuana smell that you know and love, your weed smells like hay at the county fair livestock exposition.
So, you ask yourself:
- What did I do wrong?
- Could I have prevented it?
- How can I make that hay smell go away?
Your number one question though is:
“Why does my weed smell like hay?” and . . . What can I do to stop this from happening again to my marijuana?
Don’t worry, I will answer these and more questions in the article.
Why Is My Weed Smelling Like Hay?
Hay smelling weed is simply chlorophyll that has not correctly broken down yet. Your cannabis will most likely, lose that barnyard smell if it is correctly dried and cured, which is explained below.
Drying And Curing
Improper curing and drying your cannabis is the most common reason for weed that smells like hay, As a result, I will go over both drying curing below.
Better WEED- Correctly drying and curing cannabis can result in your cannabis plants not only keeping their THC levels; but also even raising the THC. So, mastering the drying and curing of cannabis is your key to making the most out of your harvest.
Drying occurs after your cannabis plant is harvested. It is the start of the final processing of your plants to be smoked, extracted into oil, made int edibles, etc. Cannabis is not correctly dried when it is either dried too little or too much before being cured. So, if you do not dry your cannabis correctly, you will be setting yourself up for failure.
Your weed starts developing most of its smell during the curing. As a result, you shouldn’t worry too much if cannabis smells bad when it is drying. However, there may be a problem if, after curing, marijuana still smells like hay or otherwise smells like it shouldn’t. The reason is that the hay smell can overwhelm the other scents that a proper cannabis plant should have.
Curing, when done correctly, allows excess moisture and other harsh substances to leave the buds before it is smoked. Proper curing also makes your buds more powerful, tastes better, and it is even easier on your lungs.
The curing process happens after the cannabis is dried and stored in an air-tight container until it is ready to be finally processed. Any container that is air-tight can be used for curing marijuana. But, the most popular way to cure are with old fashioned mason jars.
During curing, the air-tight cannabis container is opened a few times a day, which is called burping. By opening the container, extra moisture is let out, and the air is allowed into the container.
Other Common Reason For Weed Smelling Like Hay
There are two other common reasons why you may encounter noxious weed smelling hay, which is detailed below.
Proper Growing Procedures Are Not Followed
The flowering plant growth stage for cannabis is when the terpenes and THC smells are established in cannabis plants. As a result, not properly growing your plants, especially during flowering, can cause marijuana to smell bad even if you correctly dry and cure your plants.
Crappy, Reggie, Weed
Inferior quality weed strains can result in hay or other abnormal smells for your weed.
How To Get Rid Of Hay Smelling Weed
Under most situations, during drying and curing the hay smell will go away. So, I wouldn’t worry too much if you notice a hay smell. However, if your weed still smells like a barnyard after drying and curing you likely made a mistake in drying or curing your cannabis buds. So, the best way to stop your weed from smelling like a barnyard is to properly cure and dry your cannabis plants.
You can write an entire book on the proper curing and drying procedures for cannabis. So, I will just give you an overview of the best practices for both curing and drying marijuana.
Best Practice For Drying Weed
Drying your weed is a lot like Goldilocks and the Three Bears-Your weed should not be too wet or too dry. You need to dry your weed to make sure it holds the appropriate water content levels. This is especially true if you want to prevent “Weed that smells like hay” and other abnormal smells like mold, mildew, or freshly cut grass.
The drying process (curing also) can be tricky; but, it is a skill worth learning because poorly cured and dried cannabis can make the difference between success and failure. After all, it’s quite disappointing if you saw your babies grow, did everything right; but, since you messed up drying and/or curing your buds they are not able to be smoked.
Where You Should NEVER Dry WEED
Never dry your weed via the following methods:
- With Your Growing Plants- You need different environments for growing and drying cannabis plants. Therefore, a grow room and a drying room are not compatible. As an example, grow areas need to be hotter and have a higher humidity level than what is commonly recommended for drying cannabis.
- Closed Container (I.E., Mason Jars)-When drying weed, you need to have air flow freely. So, any container, that stops air from circulating will not work. FYI-Using a jar, box, or other closed containers could result in mildew and other unwanted bacteria showing up on your cannabis buds.
- Using Unnatural Heat-Properly drying cannabis takes time. So, you can’t speed up your drying through ovens, heat lamps, blow dryers, etc.
For optimum drying, you will need the below essential equipment and the following environment for your drying area.
- 60% Humidity
- 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit (15.56 °C – 21.11 °C)
- Total Darkness
- Hygrometer (See Image Below)
- Heater or AC to regulate the temperature.
Three DIY Weed Drying Methods
This could mean anything from a commercial grow tent to a large box, or a DIY container. The only requirement is that the container is light-proof and can place the general drying room equipment. Bag
Simply place two to three layers of cannabis buds in a paper grocery bag. To keep it fresh, you will need to periodically open the bag and check to see, via hygrometer, if the humidity is acceptable.
Closet, Attic or other Acceptable Closed Place
Any closed area will work for drying weed. You just need to be sure that the environment is suitable for marijuana. If it isn’t, you need to use a heater, AC, dehumidifier, etc., to make sure the climate is acceptable.
You simply place your weed on a rack in a climate-controlled environment and, when needed, use a hygrometer, fan, etc.
If there is only one thing that you learn from this article it should be this: ” Prevention is the number one way for you to stop your weed from smelling like hay. And the best preventative measure for preventing the hay smell is properly drying and curing your cannabis buds.