After drying, you might notice a loss of taste and smell in your buds. Mostly it’s either because the buds have lost so much moisture within a short time.
The problem with most growers is that they rush the drying process and thus end up losing the valuable terpenes that make for better-smelling buds. The loss of taste and smell in buds have everything to do with terpenes and flavonoids, your efforts to regain the smell and taste of your buds should focus on nurturing flavonoids and terpenes.
Sometimes, the buds are too dry that they take longer in curing to regain the natural weed aroma. And sometimes, when everything is rushed, you might not gain the smell at all.
The cut grass smell that comes immediately after harvesting should leave after 2-3 weeks of curing, but to regain the natural weed aroma, many factors come to play.
How Long To Cure Before Smell Comes Back?
Ordinarily, your buds should regain their natural smell after 4-6 weeks of curing. The longer the curing, the better the smell. But the quality of the buds is also affected by the state the buds were in after drying. If the buds were too dry and dusty, curing might not do much to revive the smell.
The strain you’re dealing with is also a vital factor in regaining the smell of your buds. Some strains are mild, too mild to give you a noticeable smell when you crack the curing jar open.
For strains that mild, it can get pretty tough knowing whether to continue curing for a better aroma or leave it at the mild scent.
If you’ve cured for over a month and the smell doesn’t hit you as you would love, then you can pack some fresh fan leaves in the curing jar to rekindle the weed smell.
Be careful not to introduce bugs with the new leaves in the jar. Curing does wonders when it comes to bringing out the smell of your buds.
But like everything, your results will be limited to the state of the buds before the curing began.
If you dried your buds hastily, losing all the moisture in the buds to a point when the insides of the buds are crusty dry, then you have a slim chance of ever regaining the buds’ smell.
If you care about your buds’ smell, then you can leave a few fan leaves covering the buds. That way, the buds will dry extra slow and retain the terpenes.
Also, having fan leaves swathe the buds during the drying process helps rehydrate the buds, making it impossible to over dry the buds. This helps to preserve the smell of the buds.
Another reason why your buds might not be giving out a potent smell is harvesting immature buds. The last weeks before harvesting are pretty crucial to nurturing the terpenes.
Thus, harvesting too early can inhibit your efforts to get potent smelling buds.
Does Curing Bring Back Smell?
The curing process brings back the smell of your buds as it allows for the decomposition of the chlorophyll and gives the buds their natural smell.
Curing helps to regain and accentuate the buds smell. When the buds are stuffed into the curing jar, they release the chlorophyll and other chemicals that cloud the weeds natural scent. When you burp, this air leaves the jar, leaving the buds in their natural smell.
You will notice that the buds get a better aroma as the curing process gets lengthy.
When you begin, your buds will be smelling of freshly cut grass. That’s the smell of chlorophyll decomposing, and when you stop curing at this stage, you’ll be imbibing imperfectly cured buds.
As long as the smell of cut grass persists, you should continue the curing process to accentuate the terpene profile of your buds.
What Is Minimum Curing Period Weed?
The minimum curing period of weed is 2-3 weeks. For most strains, you should cure between 4-8 weeks to get the best out of your buds. Other strains mature better with up to 6 months of curing.
If you’re in a hurry to smoke your buds, give them 3 weeks of cure. Three weeks of cure is usually enough for most strains to decompose chlorophyll and make the buds smooth enough for smoking.
If you have nothing to smoke as you wait for your buds to cure properly, after seven days of cure, you can roll a joint and get high on it but continue curing the rest of the buds for a better experience.
What Happens During The Curing Process?
During the curing process, a lot happens that improve the general quality of your buds. It is during curing that cannabergerol converts to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), enhancing the potency of your weed. Chlorophyll is also broken down into sugars, further purifying your buds.
Curing is also essential in preserving your weed for the longer term.
After harvesting, you dry the weed, but they’re never completely dry; they retain a lot of moisture.
They’ll look entirely dried on the outside, but the insides still hold moisture.
It’s through curing that you can expel the moisture from the buds efficiently to store them for a longer time.
Curing is also essential in nurturing the weed’s smell. It works much like maturing wine; the longer it takes, the better it accentuates the terpene profiles of your buds.
In summary, curing helps a lot in bringing back the lost smell and taste of your weed after the drying process.
Nobody loves the smell of freshly mowed lawn on cannabis. Nobody loves nugs with no distinct weed aroma.
Thanks to curing you can regain the natural weed aroma after 4-6 weeks of curing.
As you wait for the potent whiff to grace your senses when you open the curing jar, keep in mind some strains have a pretty mild aroma that might not get any bolder after curing.
You also want to pay attention to the processes that precede curing.
Poorly dried buds— those dusty, crunchy nugs might not regain their smell. Use humidity packs to rehydrate too dry buds; you might have a chance at rekindling their smell.