As a cultivator, you look to deliver the best quality cannabis on the market. Not only do your final products have to live up to customer standards, but they also have to pass state fungal and microbial testing. Growing is a delicate art all around, but drying and curing cannabis is often a challenging step, especially as you strive to achieve the ideal moisture levels. If your cannabis is too dry, it will release fewer terpenes and burn faster. If your cannabis is too moist, it runs the risk of growing mold or mildew.
The solution is to have a well-thought-out drying environment, with special considerations made for the equipment and techniques you use. Below, we’ll address some of the more common drying room issues we see and offer solutions for managing them.
3 Common Drying Room Dilemmas and How to Solve Them
Ideal drying and curing conditions require close attention to detail. Keep these tips in mind to create the perfect drying area for your cannabis buds so that you can deliver high-quality plant material to your customers.
1. The Problem: High Humidity
Humidity and air circulation are complex issues in most grow rooms. As we mentioned before, too much or too little moisture content will negatively impact the final product. Overly high humidity levels will leave you with a product that is too damp. This makes it hard for the user to consume. On the flip side, too low of humidity levels results in a less aromatic product. (It’s important to note that in reference to cannabis plants, we’re discussing “relative humidity,” which is the amount of vapor in the air at any temperature.)
The Solution: The right moisture content varies from stage-to-stage and strain-to-strain. However, a good rule of thumb for most environments is 45-55% relative humidity. Once in the curing process, you’ll need to ensure there is plenty of airflow to attain flavorful yet dry cannabis.
2. The Problem: High or Low Temperatures
Like humidity, there is no magic temperature to heed because all grow environments are so different. Elevation, fluctuating humidity, barometric pressure, and seasonal temperatures are all factors in how a plant should dry.
The Solution: The goal is to draw humidity from within the plant to its outer core as slowly as possible without evaporating terpenes. Many commercial growers opt for temperatures between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit (16-20 degrees Celsius) to preserve the highest amount of terpenes without retaining excessive chlorophyll and moisture levels. Fans, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers can be used to ensure your plants are getting an adequate amount of fresh air at the right temperatures.
3. The Problem: Wrong Equipment
Most commercial spaces hang cannabis plant cuttings from the ceiling or use clotheslines to hang plants from the wall. This poses safety concerns for employees needing to use ladders to reach the branches. Other operations make use of drying racks, which can be bulky and unsafe for employees. Traditional drying racks take up a lot of floor space, which is often limited in grow operations.
The Solution: The best way to dry cannabis indoors is with an overhead lift system. Lift and Grow’s cannabis drying racks maximize unused space in grow rooms with ceilings as low as 10 feet. An electric motor raises and lowers your racks with the push of a button, which keeps employees and your cannabis plants out of harm’s way. You can store products in the same temperature-controlled environment while maintaining consistent spacing for all your cuttings.
No matter the layout of your grow room, Lift and Grow has the perfect solution to help you maximize your space while achieving an optimal plant product. Contact us to learn how our cannabis drying racks can make a difference in your operations.