Marijuana is without a doubt one of the most versatile and complex plants on this planet. The entire family of marijuana is unique. Just look at the hemp and cannabis plants. While they come from the same family, one produces psychoactive effects while the other doesn’t. There is simply no denying that the species is unique and wonderful. Not only this, but it is one of the most durable plants in the world. You can snap a limb, tape it back together, give it sufficient time, and it will fully cure. You can cut it, you can chop it, you can break it, and it will still grow. So, why can’t you take a quick sample or cut some bud to hold you over until the plant is grown? You can with the right know-how.
Why Would You Want To Cut Your Buds Early
One important thing to remember is that properly dried and cured marijuana buds are not only going to be more potent, but they are going to smoke smoother and look better. Simply put, a properly dried and cured plant will be much more fruitful. However, the only problem is that can take anywhere from 6 to 7 months with some strains and species to go through this process. This is an extremely long time if you are running low on weed or money. Maybe you want to move some of your crops quickly or make room for a new batch. Whatever the situation is, there are a number of reasons that one would want to cut and sample their buds early. Maybe you are just curious about the strain. Maybe you can’t wait. Perhaps, you are running low on bud.
There are a number of justifiable reasons to want to cut and dry your buds early. Just remember that doing so will hurt the potency and overall taste, but that doesn’t mean that you still won’t be satisfied with what you produce. You will still be able to retain the THC levels and the buds will still function fine.
Quickly Sampling Your Buds
There are a number of ways that you can quickly cut and sample your buds. You will find some people that swear by their methods, while others will say that they have the best method. Some people will probably even tell you to never cut your plant until you are ready to fully dry and cure the entire plant. What you need to know is that this article is all about convenience. Along with this, a marijuana plant is one of the most durable in the world. You can cut and chop on it all you want without doing major damage. In fact, if you are growing indoors in a tent for the first time, it is likely that you will end up breaking a few limbs here and there moving the plants around.
Choosing a Bud
When your plants start to fully develop it will resemble something similar to a Christmas tree. This is because the top of the plant will be the most developed. It will be the area of the plant that receives the most light and nutrients, even though the lower section is closer to the soil. That aside, this is where you will want to start. In fact, some people would suggest clipping the top bugs earlier just so that the bottom can get more exposure to light. It is entirely possible to cut some of the top buds and leave the bottom one growing until they reach a certain size. Simply put, if you want to choose a bud to sample, you will want to choose one at the top of the plant.
The Oven Drying Method
This first method will be the quickest and probably the most convenient method available. All you simply have to do is cut your buds from the plant, place them on a cookie sheet while spreading them out evenly, and throw them in the oven. Set the oven to anywhere from 120 to 140 degrees F, but by no means hotter. Place the cookie sheet in the oven on the top rack and let the heat do its thing for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you will want to remove the sheet, flip the buds, and let them go for another 10 minutes. After a total of 20 minutes, your buds will be ready for sampling. They might not be quite dry enough to smoke in a joint, but you shouldn’t have a problem vaping or smoking them in a pipe.
The Light Bulb Method
Another method that you have available to you is the light bulb method. Although this method is a bit more archaic, it will still produce the results that you are looking for. All you need is a sheet of aluminum foil. It doesn’t matter the dimensions as long as it is wide and long enough to properly hold your buds. You will then simply take a 100 watts bulb, nothing hotter, and hold it over the bulbs. Try to place the bulb in the middle so that each bud receives a similar amount of heat. Be sure to rotate the buds every few minutes while only letting them dry for a total of 10 to 15 minutes. After 10 to 15 minutes your buds should be ready for sampling.
The Envelop Method
To take advantage of the envelop method, you are going to need nothing more than a paper envelope. Just place your buds inside, seal the envelope, and place them in a water area. Most people will prefer placing them on a water heater or on the back of a TV. This method will take somewhere between 12 to 24 hours, but after that, your buds should be ready for sampling.
The Microwave Method
The microwave method is one that most conventional growers prefer. It is fairly similar to that of the oven method. All you have to do is place the buds evenly on a plate, turn the microwave on 50 percent power, and let them hear for 10 to 12 seconds. After this time, flip the buds and repeat the process until the buds feel warm to touch.