Curing cannabis flowers is one of the most important steps in preparing pristine buds for sale, however, it’s a simple step that is commonly overlooked by cultivators as they rush to sell their latest harvest.
Proper cannabis curing can enhance the flavor, aroma, consistency, and even potency of the flower. An adequate cure can also extend the life of your cannabis, preventing it from mold and loss of potency. At the end of the day, time and care that is given into curing shows in the final product — it’s what separates the mids from the top shelf.
Traditional curing can be executed in a variety of ways but today I’m going to introduce you to the next level of curing cannabis.
A company out of Denver has developed revolutionary curing technology that allows cultivators to perfect their curing process down to the very last terpene.
This all-inclusive storage and curing unit has a climate-controlled system that can be controlled from a tablet or smartphone — which is a game-changer in itself, no burping required!
Climate control is extremely important in the drying and curing process of cannabis. If the environment is too warm or dry, the flowers will lose potency quickly and not live up to their true potential. The sweet spot for curing is a temperature between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level between 45-55%. Joe Edwards, Cure Master at Kind Love in Denver, explains how this new technology tackles climate control, “Yofumo takes out all the guesswork. You have accurate sensing, calibrated specifically to give you the right humidity and weight.”
Another crucial aspect of the harvesting, drying, and curing process is avoiding mold. Mold can devastate a crop in the blink of an eye if freshly harvested cannabis is stored improperly, so having some sort of mold-prevention during drying and curing is imperative. On top of the temperature and moisture control, these units utilize the gaseous ozone emitted from ultraviolet lights to prevent mold, fungus, and yeast without damaging the trichomes, cannabinoids, and terpenes.
Speaking of terpenes, one of the most important aspects of curing is preserving and enhancing the terpenes of this elusive flower. Terpenes are extremely volatile, they are so sensitive that they begin to evaporate as low as 70 degrees Fahrenheit! With traditional curing processes, there is no doubt that terpenes are lost into the atmosphere. In a very interesting approach, this system has a terpene infusion model that allows cultivators to boost their flowers’ flavor profiles. Yofumo works with growers directly to develop specific strain terpene profiles with non-GMO natural terpenes to infuse into the flowers as they cure. This unique flavor infusion also allows cultivators to add a little something extra to some of their strains; Joe from Kind Love swears by adding a hint of lime terpenes to their Gorilla Glue to heighten the flavor.
As the price of cannabis drops lower and lower, it’s important for growers to take their expenditure seriously. The drying and curing process uses a high amount of space, energy, and equipment — all which costs money. As a grower, it’s essential to make the drying and curing process energy efficient and time efficient. Grows can dry their harvest up to 40% faster compared to traditional curing methods and also consume energy at a much lesser rate.
While huge technological improvements have been made on the cultivating side of growing, curing technology has not advanced in the same regard. This new venture into curing technology is a huge step in allowing growers to have precise control over this very sensitive process.