To cure cannabis, the balance of moisture must be assessed — Too wet is just as bad as too dry. Early in the season, we at HappyDays Farm don’t take any leaves off when we harvest because the big water leaves will provide extra moisture to slow the process, which is crucial because it’s generally hot out during curing for our early strains.
When the rains come, we will remove more water leaf to avoid bringing excess moisture into the drying room and to balance out the fact that curing takes longer because there is natural humidity in the outside air. Mendocino County alternates between so-dry-chips-won’t-go-stale during the summer and so-wet-cannabis-won’t-dry during the fall, so it takes knowledge and a hands-on approach to create connoisseur quality product.
Too wet is mold; too dry is hay. Right in the middle is slow-stem-snap-stinky-squishy-gooey-pungent-thunder-bucket-face-punch. The Crontonomo Bay. Ghengis Cron. Beware the Crunklepotomus.
A Note on Hand-Trimming
Trimming is of equal importance because it is the final step in the equation that demonstrates the love that was put into the medicine. A poor trim job shows the medicine was unloved, while a neat and careful trim demonstrates an understanding of craft and the energy behind this powerful plant. Machines are incapable of showing love, and therefore should not touch medicine.
This article is part of a larger piece Cannabis Farmers’ Good Practices Stimulate Communities, Improve Land.