Don’t let the best flavors of cannabis go to waste – learn how to burp your weed! Not only will it taste better, but it will also help prevent mouldy disappointment. Use the information below for a step-by-step guide on how to process your flowers post-harvest. You won’t be disappointed with the smoothness and flavor!
So, what is burping weed? And how does the practice make buds taste better? If you can imagine it, think of a timeline of the growing process. Most people understand that it begins with planting seeds; however, many novice growers might believe this timeline ends at harvest time. Although it may seem like the work is done after a plant has been chopped down and the flowers have been harvested, there is still more to be done. The first step is drying the harvest; next comes curing, which is where burping becomes relevant.
The curing process for cannabis is key to its success, and one often overlooked step is burping the buds. Burping allows growers to release built-up moisture from the jars containing their weed crop, which can determine if the whole process was asuccess or failure in terms of taste and mould prevention. Get all the details on how to properly burp your marijuana crop below.
Why Do You Need to Burp Your Buds?
Before discussing why burping is essential, it’s crucial to understand the curing process. disobedience What exactly occurs when you place dried buds in glass jars for curing? Establishing context: from an unremarkable perspective, not much changes; however, on a molecular level, your unpalatable chlorophyll-rich buds gradually turn into something smooth and delicious. This all has to do with enzymatic processes that continue even after you remove buds from their branches. Proteins within the flowers still produce chemical reactions resulting in the catabolism (breakdown) of sugars, starches, and other leftover nutrients.
The presence of these compounds makes for a harsh smoke or vape. This is what separates uncured bud from the silky smooth cured bud. Not only does curing promote breaking down unwanted chemicals, but it also stops desirable molecules from degrading, including cannabinoids and terpenes.
Now, let’s focus on the main topic—burping. When curing food, both moisture and carbon dioxide start to build up in airtight containers (jars). If not released, over time the high humidity creates an environment where mold can grow. So burping opening the container allows MOISTURE and AIR to escape until the humidity level lowers to a safe range. Maintaining the right amount of moisture is key to keeping your weed’s quality reactions going and enhancing its taste. Too much or too little moisture will have a negative impact, so find that balance to get the most out of your burping process.
How to Burp Weed
We know that burping cannabis is the way to go, but how do you actually do it? The key lies in monitoring relative humidity—or, the amount of water vapor present in the air, expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature. Though this might sound intimidating, don’t worry! There’s no need for complex equations. When it comes to burping your cannabis, there are two approaches to choose from. The first option is more simple and involves burping based on time. Below, we’ve laid out directions for this process:
- Week 1: To get started, burp your jars once per day for 30 minutes. This means removing the lids and leaving them open during this time period.
- Week 2: By now, your buds have lost some of their residual moisture. To change things up, only burp for 30 minutes every other day.
- Week 3–6: Only burp your jars once every 2 weeks for the next 4 weeks.
- Beyond week 6: If you continue to care for your weed at this point, you’ll only need to water it once per month.
If you want to improve your chances of success, invest in a small digital hygrometer that will go inside each curing jar. This way, you’ll get an accurate reading of the relative humidity at all times so that you don’t have to burp as frequently. Remember: aim for a RH level above 55% (to prevent flowers from drying out) but below 70% (mold forms more easily in humid environments). Lastly, each time you do burp, burp for 30 minutes straight.
What Type of Containers Are Best for Burping?
Glass is the best choice to use when curing your weed. Not only does it look nicer, but some plastic bags and containers allow air particles to flow through them. Glass has such small molecular spaces between its particles that it does an excellent job of trapping internal air and keeping external air out. If you’re using clear jars, be sure to store them in a place that is dry and dark to prevent cannabinoid degradation.
When to Stop Burping
You’ll need to keep burping your weed at regular intervals for as long as it remains active. The frequency of burping will lessen over time, however. In the first few weeks after harvest, the metabolic processes inside the jar are working overtime and gas build-up happens quickly. Burp once a day or every few hours during this period. After a month or so has passed and those processes have slowed down, you only need to open the lid once per month to let out any built-up gases.
When Not to Burp Curing Jars
We understand how busy our customers are, which is why we’ve made the curing process as streamlined as possible. With our Humidity Control Pack, you won’t even need to burp your cannabis—each sachet works to regulate moisture levels so that they never get too high or low. All you’ll need to do when the indicator card changes color is switch out your humidity pack.
Curing Weed: A Quick Guide
In order to make your weed smoking experience count, you first need to optimize the other important parts of drying and curing. This involves ensuring that your weed is properly dried by exposing buds to good airflow and a relative humidity of 45-55%. The drying process can take up to 2 weeks.
If you don’t wet trim your buds (i.e. trim directly after harvesting), you’ll need to remove the sugar leaves after the drying process is complete. Once that’s done, move your weed into glass jars for curing. What you do next depends on the approach you want to take. Choose from one of these options:
- Follow a schedule: Use the burping schedule provided to improve curing, moisture regulation, and taste.
- Use a hygrometer: These small digital devices allow for precise monitoring of your relative humidity. To maintain a relative humidity between 55–70%, simply burp the device as needed.
- Skip a burping schedule altogether: Why make things difficult when it comes to controlling humidity levels? With the RQS Humidity Control Pack, you can easily do so without any hassle.
Any time you put in effort, it is worth the outcome. This is especially true when curing weed – properly cured bud tastes much better than those that don’t go through this process (according to any experienced user).