Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant and is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. It has countless uses ranging from making pulp for paper, biodegradable industrial goods, hemp seeds, hemp oil and so much more! Due to the many uses of hemp, it is absolutely essential to cure it properly for the best quality output.
Before curing, hemp needs to be dried the right way. After harvesting, the plant is hung upside down, allowing the cannabidiol (CBD) to fill the flowers (this is used to make the hemp oil, which is commonly used in personal care and other products). Using dryers that dry out the plant immediately may cause the CBD quality and content to deteriorate. Proper drying may take up to a week.
An important thing to remember is that when you’re hanging the hemp upside down, as the CBD accumulates in the flower, the petals start drooping and closing, preventing air from flowing through it and increasing the chances of mold growing on the plant.
Now we’ve come to the main premise – curing hemp properly. The best curing method involves storing the hemp flowers in vacuum jars or containers. The vacuum should completely prevent the plant from coming into contact with the outside air. It helps maintain a consistent level of moisture in the entire plant and promotes improved growth.
Even at this stage, the humidity level should be maintained at around 50% (it can vary by up to 5%). This will keep the mold-free of fungus and other growth.
An improper curing method will cause mold to start growing, which will make your hemp useless.. Properly curing it will intensify the flavor of the plant. Curing may take anywhere from 2-3 weeks to 6 months, depending on the quality of the plant.
Well-cured hemp can be stored for up to 2 years without losing any of its quality. Even though many manufacturers have decided to focus on quantity over quality, properly drying and curing will provide an end product with an intense CBD content. Here at Canna Comforts we focus our efforts on properly curing your hemp to give you the highest quality flowers.