A brief explanation of how cannabis ripens will highlight reasons why Boveda is essential during the curing process of cannabis flowers.
As you can see in the pic the Trichomes are transparent. As the trichomes age, they turn from transparent to a milky.
|Semi-Transparent or Milky Trichomes|
|Transparent Anber Trichomes|
So, ideally, you pick the flower, then dry it until .6 aw, storing it in a water vapor impermeable container. The problem occurs commonly in dense flowers. The outer edge of a dense flower dries to .6 aw (equivalent to nearly 62%RH) much quicker than the core of the flower. So, as a result, most people do an activity called burping. Burping is taking these partly dried flowers and putting them in a closed container for a period of time, then opening the container for a duration, repeating the process until flowers reach .6 aw. The idea is you are wicking the moisture from the core to the exterior of the flower. The problem is you are allowing all but the core of the flower’s trichomes to over ripen. If only there was a better way!
The solution is BOVEDA 2-way humidification packs. Boveda packs replace the act of “burping,” allowing the entire (exterior to the core) flower to be properly dried without over drying one area. This arrests CBN (cannabinol) development, making a more potent flower.
Written by: Aaron Baker
Originally posted on the Boveda blog
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