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What is water curing?

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When you harvest your weed, the buds still have all sorts of nastiness in them. Stuff like nutrients and sugars. If you grow organic, in theory, none of this should actually be bad for you, as far as I know. But, it tastes nasty. You definitely want to get rid of this stuff.

The “classic” way of curing is dry your bud very slowly. If you keep it in a cool, dark, humid place, the plant will continue to digest the sugars and nutrients. As well, some sugars with break down over time. Give it a week or two and it’ll gobble up most of what’s left, leaving you with good tasting weed. The classic curing method has a number of downsides, including a propensity towards mold. Methods like jar curing and bag curing are tweaks on classic curing, aiming to reduce the risk of mold and increase the amount of nutrients and sugars digested.

Water curing is a totally different method.

Instead of relying on the plant to digest the remaining nutes, you use water to dissolve them. If take some weed and soak it in a bunch of water. Nutrients are basically salts, and sugars are sugar. Sugar and salt dissolve well in water. THC and the resin glands don’t dissolve in water. Water works faster than digestion, so water curing is a great way to cure in a rush.

Normally, you water cure in sealed jars. Take a glass jar, like the kind you use for jar curing. Fill it with water and bud then close it tight. Change the water once a day for 3-5 days then strain out the water. Dry in a typical fashion (being extra careful about mold, since any lingering water droplets can increase the chance of contamination). That’s it! It takes 5 to 8 days, which is a lot better than the 10 to 18 days normal curing takes.

This method leaves your bud with very little taste or smell. It tastes flat, not even grassy. The smoke has very little smell and is not discernibly marijuana. And, it’s smoootthhhh. Like Belvedere vodka…little flavor so you can have some at lunch and no one will notice.

I have a tweak to this method. Instead of soaking it a sealed jar, I suggested using running water. My idea is that a continuous stream of water will cure faster. It works on the same principal as defrosting food, convection ovens, and even airflow in a grow room. Think of it this way; when you change the water at the end of the day, that water is pretty saturated. Saturated water doesn’t absorb new minerals as well as clean water does. When you have a convection current, you’re guaranteeing clean water all the time. This is why you want a running fan in your grow room, instead of just airing it out once a day.

To do this method, I filled a large bowl with bud and ran water over it. I used a very thin stream, so it was a small trickle of water coming in. The water was cool, but not cold. You want it cold enough that it doesn’t wilt the leaves, but not so cold that it makes the trichomes brittle. And you need just the smallest trickle of water. Too fast and you’ll agitate the trichomes and some will fall off.

8 hours is all it needs, maybe 10 if your buds are very dense or large.

Learn how to "water cure" your newly harvested buds

Water Curing Cannabis: What It Is And How To Do It

Flushing removes impurities and can make your smoke a lot smoother and more pleasant. Knowing that, you might be interested to learn that you can apply the same principle when it comes to curing your bud – with water curing.

A lot has been written about the “ripening” of harvested weed. Careful drying on racks, in special machines, with or without leaves, etc, etc. But have you ever heard about “water curing”? It sounds at first like a weird concept, dunking your buds under water for 3-7 days, freshening the water every day and drying them afterwards in a day or two. Strange? Not at all!

Water Curing

If you have some experience with growing weed, you will already know how water can be beneficial to bring out the best from our crops. Growers know how flushing plants in the weeks before harvest can help getting rid of a harsh taste. Flushing removes impurities and can make your smoke a lot smoother and more pleasant. Knowing that, you might be interested to learn that you can apply the same principle when it comes to curing your bud – with water curing.

Water curing will minimize the time it will take to get rid of undesired substances such as salts, chlorophyll or insecticides. Those substances can make for a harsh, unpleasant smoke of even the best weed.

Thanks to the process of osmosis (which is basically the process by which soluble substances distribute themselves evenly throughout the whole solution, and exchange via a semi-permeable membrane – in this case the leaf surface), the substances you do NOT want to smoke are dissolved. This includes not just substances external to the plant itself, but also from within the leaves – the things that will make you cough when you smoke. The THC etc does NOT dissolve in the water. The result: a much stronger, purer weed.

The Pros And Cons Of Water Curing

Water curing marijuana with clean water has advantages and disadvantages that you should know of beforehand.

It is the fastest method to cure your bud as compared to traditional weed curing. Water curing removes a lot more unwanted solids, which means that the smoke will be very smooth and therefore healthier. Since water curing removes more undesired substances, it will also make for a much more potent final product.

The downside of water curing is that it can also remove substances that are responsible for flavour and aroma, which means you will sacrifice some smell and taste of your weed for more potency. On the other hand, water curing can be ideal for those strains that are known for a not so pleasant or harsh taste, where the loss of flavour wouldn’t be as important.

The Water Curing Process – What You Need

  • Fresh water (bottled water or distilled water works best)
  • Bowl, tub or jar (size depends on the amount of bud you want to cure)

Water Curing – The Steps

Start with trimming your bud and remove stems and fan leaves. If you want to make hash later on it can be a good idea to trim your bud even further since this will result in better quality hashish.

Place your trimmed buds in a jar or bowl with water. The size of your jar will depend on how much bud you want to cure.

Water curing works best at a water temperature from 18-24C. See that you keep the water temperature in this range.

You bud will want to float upwards, so you need to gently weigh them down and keep them submerged. If you cure in a bowl or similar container, you can cover it with a cutting board from the kitchen.

Change out the water with fresh water every day. The entire water curing process can take anywhere from 3-7 days, you will need to change the water daily during this time.

When you are done with water curing your bud, after 3-7 days, hang and dry your bud like normal.

Bud Rot Water Cure

Moreover – got a case of the rot? Don’t chuck the afflicted buds away! Dunk them in water too and treat them in the same way as described above. The result: a good potency weed with no nasty aftertaste.

Have you ever heard about “water curing”? It sounds at first like a weird concept.