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Techniques For Harvesting

Cartier April 3, 2023

Harvesting cannabis plants is a crucial step in the cultivation process, as it determines the potency and quality of the final product. Here are some of the most popular techniques for harvesting cannabis plants:

Cutting and Drying: Cutting and drying is the most common method for harvesting cannabis plants. The plants are cut down at the base, and the fan leaves are removed. The remaining buds are then hung upside down to dry in a cool and dark place for 5-10 days until they are dry to the touch. Once the buds are dry, they can be trimmed and cured to further enhance their flavor and potency.

Wet Trimming: Wet trimming involves trimming the buds from the plant immediately after harvesting. This method is preferred by some growers, as it can reduce the amount of time needed for drying and curing. Wet trimming can also make it easier to handle the buds, as they are still moist and pliable.

Dry Trimming: Dry trimming involves trimming the buds after they have been dried. This method is preferred by some growers, as it can preserve the plant’s aroma and flavor. Dry trimming can be more challenging, as the buds are dry and brittle, but it can result in a higher quality final product.

Scissor Hash: Scissor hash is a technique used to collect the resin that accumulates on the trimming scissors during the harvesting process. The resin is scraped off the scissors and collected to produce a potent and flavorful concentrate.

Water Curing: Water curing is a method of curing cannabis buds that involves soaking them in water for a few days before drying. This process removes chlorophyll and other impurities from the buds, resulting in a smoother and milder smoke.

Freeze Drying: Freeze drying is a relatively new method for harvesting cannabis buds that involves freezing them and then drying them in a vacuum chamber. This process can preserve the aroma and flavor of the buds and produce a high-quality final product.

Machine Trimming: Machine trimming involves using a mechanical trimmer to remove the fan leaves from the buds. This method can save time and labor, but it can also be less precise than hand trimming and may result in lower quality buds.

Hand Rubbing: Hand rubbing is a traditional method of harvesting cannabis buds that involves rubbing the resin glands off the buds with the hands. This method can produce a potent and flavorful concentrate, but it can also be time-consuming and messy.

Sugar Leaf Trim: Sugar leaf trim involves trimming the buds to remove the fan leaves and leaving the sugar leaves (smaller leaves covered in trichomes) intact. This method can be less labor-intensive than trimming the buds completely, but it may result in a lower quality final product.

Ethanol Extraction: Ethanol extraction is a method of harvesting cannabis resin that involves soaking the buds in ethanol to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes. The resulting extract can be used to produce concentrates such as shatter, wax, and oil.

It’s important to choose the harvesting technique that works best for your specific needs and preferences. Factors such as time, labor, and desired end product should be considered when deciding which method to use. Regardless of the method, it’s essential to handle the plants with care and attention to ensure that the buds are of the highest quality.

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