Why cure cannabis?
The final phase of cannabis cultivation, curing is a critical step in ensuring a high quality and potent product.
A cannabis harvest that is properly dried and cured has greater potency, increased terpenes, better yield, and consistency.
By curing cannabis efficiently by regulating temperature and relative humidity, the process of decarboxylation occurs at a slower rate, allowing for more THC conversion and terpene preservation.
The alternative to properly curing cannabis is quick-drying, which is a common method of preparing cannabis after harvest by commercial growers. While quick-drying, the decarboxylation process occurs rapidly, resulting in unconverted THCA and lesser potency.
Lab results testing a control versus cannabis cured using Auto Cure show a 21% average percentage increase in THC, 24% average percentage increase in terpenes, and 20% average percentage increase in total cannabinoids overall.
Charts below show levels of Terpenes, THC, and Total Cannabinoids in mg/g of sample weight. Controlled groups were cured using manual bucket burping methods. Lab results vary by cannabis sample produced by various growers and the labs which tested them.
During the first 3 days, the flower in a fully loaded Auto Cure unit loses as much as 77.7% of its moisture.