Water Curing Dried Cannabis
One of the biggest complaints about cannabis infused oils and butter is that the taste of these products is usually less than desirable. This stems from the traditionally long soaking process in which cannabis flower or trim are infused with a carrier oil such as butter or coconut oil. This long soak draws all the unwanted plant materials into your final product giving it that characteristic green hue and pungent aroma. Some people may not mind this herbal funkiness, but for many others it’s a complete turn-off.
Fortunately, there is a method to prepare your flower so that you can eliminate these drawbacks and produce an infused oil that is much more golden in color and without any of that telltale herbal aroma: water curing. Water curing your dried cannabis flower is a simple straightforward process that will remove all the water-soluble materials from your flower. As cannabinoids are hydrophobic, meaning they are not soluble in water, they are left behind. You can also use this process for your AVB (Already Vaped Bud).
Washing away the yuck
The end-product of a water cure is dull and lifeless in appearance with not much bag appeal. The looks are deceiving though; this is the smoothest and most potent smoke you will find. As the water washes away most of the things responsible for giving cannabis its flavor and aroma, water cured weed is much stealthier in that vaping or smoking it doesn’t produce the typical cloud of skunky smoke that instantly draws everyone’s attention. Where it truly shines though is in the making of edibles.
Edibles made with water-cured infused cannabis oil smell and taste just like normal treats! This is a great option for those who are sensitive to the taste of cannabis and for your favorite recipes that are just too delicate to handle strongly flavored cannabutter. The water cured cannabis is also great for brewing tinctures and for making canna-sugar and canna-salt.
Cleaner, Healthier Flower
The process of water curing washes away any residual pesticides, chemicals, insects and mold that could be present in your flower, giving you a much healthier product at the expense of its visual appeal and its volume. You will experience a 20-30% reduction in final weight, but the THC percentage remains the same, effectively making it more potent per ounce than before you started.
One of the downsides of water curing is that many of the beneficial terpenes that give cannabis its unique scents are also washed away, so that mouth-watering fruity smell your Blueberry first had will be completely erased. Naturally, there are some who may choose not to water cure based on that fact. However, for those who want their oil tasteless this is the way to go.
For this project, you will need the following items:
- 1 Large mason jar with lid
- Dried cannabis flower. Don’t grind it, leave it whole
- Distilled water – Look for water filtered by reverse osmosis as this will perform the best.
- Place your cannabis flower in the jar and cover it with distilled water to the very top and screw on the lid. Do Not Shake
- Place the jar in a cool dark place and let sit undisturbed. If you cannot find a cool place, put it in your refrigerator.
- Once a day, gently drain the colored water out of the jar and refill with fresh distilled water. Replace lid and place back in the cool spot. Do Not Shake
- Continue this process until the plant no longer leaches color and the water remains clear. This can take between 3-8 days depending on many things.
- Gently drain the water and discard.
- Dry your water cured cannabis using any quick-dry method you prefer such as a food dehydrator.
You can now use your dried water-cured cannabis in whatever manner you desire!