How to Set Up Cannabis Drying Rack Space

“If You Want To Get High, Keep Your Cannabis Dry” You may be greatly satisfied by the fine crop of

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“If You Want To Get High, Keep Your Cannabis Dry”

You may be greatly satisfied by the fine crop of cannabis that you’ve grown, and so you should be. But, once you’ve taken that brief congratulatory moment, there is more work to be done in the form of creating a cannabis drying rack space.

Having harvested, you will need to dry and cure your weed to ensure a good quality stash. Get this next phase of the process correct and you will retain essential terpenes and cannabinoids whilst getting rid of chlorophyll; it will make your weed taste better.

Getting the right drying conditions is important as it will stop mould from developing on your weed. Regardless of the size of your available drying space, the environment should be kept dark, at a temperature of 60-70F and a humidity level of 50-65% (a cheap hygrometer can measure this). Installing a small fan and a dehumidifier will help you maintain the correct humidity level.

Whatever size your cannabis drying rack space is, it should be kept tidy and free from mold. In small homes or apartments, or larger ones where you don’t want to use much space, follow these tips on compact cannabis curing and drying.

Efficient Hanging

Hanging your cannabis plants upside down is the best way to dry them. This way, your buds will not get flattened or damaged as they dry.

By keeping your flowers attached to the branches for as long as possible, you will create a slow and even dry.

To increase the hanging space that you have available on your cannabis drying rack, place the branches on a clothes hanger and then hang these on a line. You will exponentially increase the number of branches you can dry at once. It’s OK for branches to be close together, so long as there is plenty of airflow to prevent mould.

Minimize Building Work

The last thing you want is for your cannabis drying rack space to become a major construction project. For a construction-free solution, try using a freestanding wardrobe (you can buy flat-pack ones quite cheaply).

These come in many sizes and you will have a ready-made hanger space. Even if you have to buy one, that’s no problem, they are easy to assemble with a few turns of a screwdriver. These will provide you with a compact and sturdy cannabis drying rack space.

Trim Excess Leaves

You can significantly reduce the volume you need to dry by trimming excess, unusable, plant material before hanging it on your cannabis drying rack.

Use a Flat Cannabis Drying Rack

This will allow you to skip using the branches at all and will significantly reduce the space you require for your cannabis drying rack. These are often referred to as ‘high-rise’ cannabis drying racks. They can be circular or square in shape and have multiple layers of mesh to hold your flower. This multi-layered system is also great for airflow. It means that you are only drying the actual part you need.

Flat cannabis drying racks can be as tall as 8 levels, but they come in various other sizes too. If you are considering using this method for your cannabis drying rack, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Most importantly is that the weed should be cut from the main stem into smaller nugs. This will let you maximize your drying space and let the flowers dry quicker

When dried, you should aim to get your buds into jars to cure rather than leave them too long to over dry and become crispy.

Using flat cannabis drying racks may mean your buds get a little squished on one side, but this is simply aesthetic and does not affect the quality.

Skip Transferring Your Buds Before Curing

You will know when your buds are dry as the branches easily snap and the buds sound like popcorn when you gently press them. When you have achieved this, it is time for curing.

Whilst curing, moisture will continue to leave the buds. Most people cure for around 2 weeks to one month and may include an additional step prior to curing. For instance, they may transfer the buds into a plastic bin, paper bags or cardboard boxes. This involves an additional transfer process and setup, which is not required.

When your weed is dry, you just need to take it off the stems, trim it and place it into your curing vessels. To make sure they are dry, remove the lid of the curing vessel the next day and check your buds. If there is any moisture, leave the lid off for the rest of the day and reseal it at night. This process is called ‘burping’ and you should repeat it until the buds are as dry in the morning as they were the previous night.

If you are not sure enough about gauging their dryness by touch, you can use a cheap moisture meter (around $20). An ideal moisture level for fully dried and cured buds is 10-15%.

So, your buds are now dried and cured without the additional space required for a transfer.

Whatever size your cannabis drying rack space is, you should now be able to make better use of it for your buds.