Hemp pruning is not fermentation, as many people mistakenly think. The processes are fundamentally different, but they all have the same goal: a quality harvest. Pruning your buds correctly is very important, which is why it is advisable to study this subject more closely.
What is pinecone pruning and why is it necessary?
The final stage in the drying process is called decanting, which is done by removing any moisture and stuff that might be damaging the taste of the cannabis. To get rid of all the water in the inflorescences is very important so that the buds don’t rot during storage. Chlorophyll and sugar are also destroyed during treatment.
What do I need to consider when weeding cannabis?
The pruning stage follows the drying of the crop. It is best to use a glass container during this process. The container or jar should be filled to the top with the buds, but never crammed in. The container is removed to a dark cool place, after that you need to monitor the accumulation of moisture on the walls of the vessel. Its appearance is unacceptable, you need to ventilate the container for 5-10 minutes a few times a day for 1-2 weeks. Wait until the moisture stops accumulating at all, then come the second phase of treatment, which can take two weeks or even half a year. An indicator of the end of the treatment is the complete loss of the green color of the cones (depending on genetics they may turn purple, gray or brown).
Treating in the refrigerator
It is important to keep the air temperature low during all phases of spaying, from 5 to 15 degrees. Soaking in the refrigerator can be done in order to slow it down a little, but this will provide better conditions for the chemical process.
Light should be avoided completely, and access to oxygen should be minimized as much as possible. This will keep the THC crystals from oxidizing and prevent them from turning into the simpler and more useless cannabinoids of cannabis. This is why dark-colored cans are often used.
Quality cured cannabis has a pleasant aroma and vivid taste. The lack of moisture in the buds will provide protection from mold and allow the crop to be stored in an airtight container for years.
A less common method of spaying is water spaying. This has the advantage that it removes unwanted organic material from the cones more thoroughly and it simply dissolves it.
Cones immediately after cutting are placed in a container and poured into cold water (not warmer than 18 degrees). The main thing is to completely drown the plant in water (you can put something wooden on top so that the marijuana plant does not float up). Water will need to be changed frequently: twice a day for a week. It is categorically forbidden to rinse or squeeze the cannabis after this procedure, but you will need to dry it thoroughly, and by the same rules: in a ventilated dark room.