Curing is a part of the drying process of cannabis. Curing preserves the smell, taste and potency. After harvest the cannabis is air dried until the stems are ‘crack dry’. This means they are so dry that you can crack them. At this point the curing process can start. Place the cannabis in an airtight stainless steel CVault container. Along with the Boveda packs, this storage system maintains an optimal relative humidity of 62% in the containers for two weeks. It’s that simple.
Before curing happened in glass jars without Boveda. The jars had to be opened daily, so humidity could escape. This was called ‘burping’.
Curing is done at a temperature of 16 to 22 degrees. After two weeks of curing, the medicinal herbs are ready for consumption. Curing longer is not absolutely necessary but it certainly benefits the taste and smell.
Terpenes and cannabinoids are stored in the trichomes, they appear as small balls of resin. During the curing process the trichomes stick well to the medicinal herbs.
The big advantage of curing is that the terpenes and cannabinoids in the cannabis are optimally preserved. During the process, the chlorophyll in cannabis breaks down and the smell of hay disappears. Finally, cured cannabis is softer on the throat and has a longer shelf life.
Storage and quality
CVault stainless steel food grade containers are lightweight and airtight. Air and light do not get a chance to affect the quality of the product in the container. Boveda ensures that the relative humidity remains at 62% continuously.
Fluid fluctuations are not good once the cannabis is dried and cured. The storage in the stainless steel CVault container in combination with Boveda ensures that cannabis retains its scent, taste and effect for a long time. With this combined system, curing and storage of cannabis provides a better quality product that has a longer shelf life.
The ideal relative humidity range for storage of cannabis is between 55-65%, with an optimum between 58-63%. Below 50% cannabis is really too dry and trichomes are lost (with a negative effect on taste and effect). Above 65% the risk of mold increases considerably. The CVault and Boveda combination keeps the humidity at an ideal 62%.
No weight loss
Another important advantage is that a continuous relative humidity for cannabis ensures weight is maintained during storage. By default an average 3 percent of the weight of the preserved cannabis is lost during storage, without the use of Boveda. That is a considerable loss. Three percent less weight means three percent less profit. The use of Boveda is therefore more than worth its cost.
Standard for quality
The use of cannabis is rapidly gaining in popularity. Before the CVault combination with Boveda entered the market, there was not a good standard for monitoring the quality of the products during storage. This professional storage system now sets that standard. With CVault and Boveda, cannabis can be stored for at least 160 days without reducing taste, effect and volume.