At this point, you should start drying your plants. Drying is a necessary activity, particularly if you want to store your bud for later use. It eliminates the risk of incurring mold and also ensures that the grass will last a long time. Most growers use a slow drying method that simply involves hanging them upside down and letting the air dry them out naturally. This usually takes about two weeks to complete fully. Of course, they will also start to cure a little bit during this process which may limit the potency somewhat.
Fast drying techniques include using the oven, microwaving, and even using a skillet. Most people will want to test out their smoke relatively quickly, and, even though these methods might produce a harsher taste overall, they will still give you the ability to smoke some bud soon after harvesting. It should be noted that you don’t want to dry your entire harvest using one of these fast drying methods. In fact, it might be more prudent to dry the plants using a heater to facilitate the regular slow drying process. In any event, it’s important to not leave the grass in the oven or skillet for too long. Keep it in the oven for about 10 minutes at a temperature of 150 to 200*F. Don’t be careless as you could end up charring your bud entirely.
Storing your bud is the best way to ensure that it lasts you until at least the next harvest. Many growers simply place their dried bud in a dark (usually glass) container and then put that container in the refrigerator or freezer. Light and heat are two of the major things that will degrade THC, so if you keep the storage area dark and cold, then you will still be able to enjoy your smoke well into the future.
It should also be noted that storing your entire crop together is a recipe for disaster. Although it might be more convenient to do it that way, you still run the risk of incurring mold on the plants. If even one portion of one plant stayed moist, then you could end up ruining the entire crop with mold. That’s why it’s important to keep your crop separate so that you don’t run into a disaster like that. After that, you can always get ready for next year’s crop by tilling some soil or inspecting your seeds. Of course, you could also just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor for a while.