Marijuana is a plant that has been around for an extremely long time. Heck, there are some scientists and historians that claim it can be dated back all the way to the BC era. While this is probably true, there is no denying that people are still uncovering things about the plant every day. In fact, this is why the plant is now legal in many states when it used to be considered a Schedule II Narcotic. Not only are people discovering new data about the plant, but they are uncovering new ways to consume it as well as new ways to grow it. As of late, you have probably been hearing a lot of talk about bud washing from the community. What is bud washing and is it something that you could benefit from? It is entirely possible if you are a grower!
A Bit About Harvesting
Harvesting is probably one of the most satisfying and fulfilling times for bud farmers. While the process is not entirely over and there is still plenty of work to be done, you finally have the opportunity to cut down your plants and enter into the final stages. That being said, it would certainly be nice if that’s all there was to it, but unfortunately, this is not the case at all. You probably could get your buds to burn in a pipe of bong after immediately cutting them down, but they still wouldn’t produce the taste or potency that you would get from a fully dried and cured plant. Drying and curing are crucial if you want to achieve the highest quality yield possible. Not just drying and curing, but proper drying and curing. And, as far as that goes, there are a number of proper methods that you can apply, but it probably is bud washing or water curing that is one of the most effective.
Before you start learning about bud washing, you need to know that a lot of farmers like to flush their plants in the final week of harvest. This is a process that will help remove any of the final nutrients left behind in the soil. It will also ensure that you get the most natural bud taste possible. The only problem is, it doesn’t always work as advertised. Even after flushing, there is still the possibility that there could be some tract nutrients left behind. And, even the slightest amount is going to have a negative effect on the taste.
During the drying and curing process, your plants will still continue to digest the nutrients and sugars. And, this is why drying and curing are important. After placing your buds in airtight jars for a week and going through the traditional drying process, you will be ready to begin the curing process. The only problem is that this is another process that can take several more weeks. You’ve just waited a week for the buds to dry now you have to wait for several more for them to cure. Sounds light a lot of trouble, right? It is, but the end result will be well worth the effort because you’ll end up with great tasting bud.
Well, what is there was a way that you didn’t have to wait as long and still achieve that same great tasting bud? There is and it is known as water curing. As the name suggests, water curing or bud washing pretty much involves submerging your buds in water for a certain period of time. Water will do an excellent job of removing unwanted substances while also purifying the marijuana. When all said and done, the method is much faster but does have a few side effects.
How Water Curing Works
Bud washing is very similar to that of traditional curing because it basically still involves the use of glass jars. The only real difference is that you submerge the buds in water for a week and let it break down the residual substances. This accelerates the process because the water-soluble substances diffuse when exposed to water. It is true that salt and sugar dissolve in water, but this will not be the case for the THC and resin glands. Along with this, the key cannabinoids in the weed plant are fat-soluble. This means that you can expose them to as much water as you want without worrying about negatively impacting the potency. The water alone isn’t enough to remove the crucial plant matter.
That being said, regular tap water is enough for this process, but most veteran growers would suggest reverse osmosis water because it simply speeds up the process. A mere five days might be all you need when you take advantage of reverse osmosis water. However, as was mentioned above there are some potential drawbacks to this method. And, one of those drawbacks is that you might end up washing away some of the aromas and flavors. In addition to this, water cured cannabis is nowhere as near aesthetically pleasing. This might only be a problem if you plan on selling the bud. If you are consuming it yourself, you might not really be too worried as long as it doesn’t affect the overall potency. And, that it will not do.
Properly Water Curing Or Bud Washing Your Weed
The first thing that you need to know is that you don’t even have to worry about drying the weed first when you go through this process. All you need are the newly harvested buds along with reverse osmosis water and enough jars. The process shouldn’t take any more than 6 to 8 days.
Here’s how it’s done:
- Trim the buds while also removing unnecessary stems and leaves.
- Fill the jars with water and submerge the buds. Weights might be needed to ensure that the buds stay fully submerged.
- It is always a good idea to keep the water temperature at anywhere from 65 to 75 degrees F.
- Also, make sure that you are changing the water at least once a day.
- From this point, you just need to monitor the buds and give them the required time.