What does Dry Flower mean?
In cannabis culture, dry flower refers to plant matter that has been cured and dried and is ready to smoke. Dry flower, or dry herb, is what is used for rolling into a joint, for example. Consumers of cannabis now have their choice of dry flower, sticky cannabis buds, or solid or liquid concentrates.
Sticky cannabis buds have had a better reputation than dry cannabis buds as the dry cannabis buds are thought to be old or cheap versions of higher quality sticky buds. However, this is not always correct as dry weed buds simply mean that the cannabis plants have been left out hanging too long or that they have a lower count of trichomes, the small hairs that make the buds sticky.
An advantage of dry cannabis buds is that it is naturally lower in weight and so purchasers tend to receive more when purchasing dry buds. They are also a perfect fit for decarboxylation, which is the process of baking ground cannabis so as to activate THC for cooking as they are the first choice of strains when it comes to making edibles.
After being picked off, all kinds of marijuana plants are dried and cured by hanging the weed plants upside down by allowing all the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to flow down the buds and collect at the tops and leaving nothing for waste. This method of drying helps prevent the cannabis plants from mold and rot formation, in turn preventing a waste of marijuana. However, it does not determine whether the buds will turn out to be dry or sticky.
Dry herbs and dry flowers, in terms of cannabis, are basically the same thing. However, the two varieties of dry herbs and sticky herbs have their own characteristics and hold different values in respected areas. Thus, before buying, it is important that the purchaser decides what the marijuana would be used for.
If quantity is important, then it is best for the buyer to purchase dry buds. These are also the best suitable buds to be used in making edibles. However, if the buy is looking for quality, then the sticky buds are the best option. While sticky buds may be more expensive, buyers will be purchasing less at a time than dry buds.
When drying cannabis, the most popular way it so cut off 12 to 16 inches of the branches from the marijuana plants, removing the unwanted leaves and hanging the branches that were cut off from a wire. While some cannabis growers hang out whole plants to dry, others tend to snip the buds from the branches and dry them on the racks.
Either of the methods can be done. Regardless of the method, the harvested cannabis must be placed in a dark room in a temperature range of 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit along with the humidity level in between 45% to 55% with a small fan to gently circulate the air. A dehumidifier or an A/C unit or any other method is recommended for ensuring the conditions stay in the range. This way, the flavor and aroma of the harvested buds are preserved in the finished product.