There are different opinions on treating weed best to get the best harvest outcomes. While some people believe that procedures like bud washing are unnecessary, others are sure that cleaning your cannabis is essential.
Don’t worry; this article will teach you everything you need to know about bud cleaning and why it’s so crucial. In this post, we’ll also discuss concerns that this procedure will be counterproductive and the technique’s potential benefits and drawbacks.
By the end, you should be able to determine whether or not bud washing is a beneficial technique for obtaining desired cannabis results.
What is Bud Washing, and how does it work?
If you define bud washing as the process of cleaning cannabis flowers after harvest by immersing them in water, you are correct.
While this is the cornerstone of the process, bud washing entails much more than simply dipping cannabis buds in water to clean them. Most agricultural produce, such as vegetables and edibles, go through a cleaning process before usage, so the origins of this method are not challenging to find. Store-bought and home-grown crops are typically washed to eliminate soil particles and pollutants during the blossoming process. Cannabis buds are no exception.
During the flowering phase of the cannabis plant, there are several living and non-living things that interact with the cannabis plant. Numerous pollutants adhere to sticky cannabis blossoms, including soil particles, dirt, crawling insects, and pesticide residues. It is consequently unwise to utilize your cannabis buds if they contain these pollutants, as the taste and effectiveness will be compromised. These pollutants are found in indoor and outdoor cannabis flowers, necessitating the cleaning of all types of marijuana before usage.
Will bud washing have negative consequences for the buds?
Due to a lack of understanding of the need for bud washing, various theories have circulated that it is ineffective. These well-intentioned ideas are distant from the truth. One such belief is that the vital cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant’s matrix will be destroyed while immersed in water. Buds that have undergone bud washing are thought to lack the ideal taste and effect due to the loss of cannabinoids. These beliefs are false, and there are valid reasons to refute them.
THC and CBD, two of the most prominent cannabinoids in marijuana, are hydrophobic and fat-soluble. This means that when cannabis flowers are dissolved in water, they cannot dissolve. Terpenes, which play an essential part in the taste and scent of marijuana, are also connected to sticky resins in the plant. This means the process cannot be lost if it is carried out carefully and correctly. This disproves the myth that bud washing is a wasteful practice that can harm the buds.
How to Get Rid of Weeds
We’ve talked a lot about why cleaning your weed is crucial. The next step is to go into the weeds of the procedure. Some producers wash their cannabis with water, while others utilize specialized formulations for more strategic purposes. Here are some of the most typical bud cleaning solutions some growers use.
Baking Soda and Lemon – Lemon’s acidity and baking soda’s alkalinity make them a great way to deodorize spills and clean buds without synthetic treatments.
Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide – It has antibacterial qualities, making it helpful in removing germs like bacteria that may be present on cannabis buds.
Reverse Osmosis Water — This is the ideal form of water for bud washing since it travels through a semipermeable membrane that removes contaminants from the buds.
In summary, clean buckets (3 5-gallon), 45 liters of room temperature water (reverse osmosis water if possible), 14 cups of baking soda, and 14 cups of lemon juice are required for bud cleaning after harvest.
Make a production line out of the clean buckets. The cleaning solution will be in the first bucket, while the first rinsing solution will be in the second bucket. The second rinsing solution will be in the last bucket. Along the production line, the buckets with the rinsing solutions act as rinsing stations.
Fill each bucket halfway with 4 gallons of reverse osmosis water, enough to wash the buds without splashing. Add the indicated amount of baking soda and lemon juice to the first bucket and stir well. This cleaning solution will be used to start washing the buds.
Swirl for 30 seconds after dipping buds into the first bucket. Transfer the branch to the second bucket and dip it in just like the first and swirl it for 30 seconds. To eliminate all traces of debris and the first solution, place the branch in the third bucket, dip it, and spin it for 30 seconds.
Before drying in a herb dryer, remove each bud from the branch. Another option is to hang the entire branch on a drying line to dry. Continue to dry the cannabis in a dark environment with sufficient ventilation and 45-55 percent relative humidity. Then, to increase the buds’ flavor even more, start the curing process. One of the most noticeable disadvantages of bud washing is the increased drying time. If the moisture is not adequately managed, mold might grow, which is harmful to the weed.
Bud washing is a one-of-a-kind procedure critical for the safety and wellness of all cannabis users. While the act may be under-recognized at the moment, it is quickly catching on and will soon be a procedure everyone participates in.