If you are getting into growing cannabis at home, you need to know how to trim weed. Beyond making those wild-looking branches of matured buds look more appealing, there are some important reasons to trim your weed. Primarily, trimming creates a smoother product to consume. However, proper cannabis trimming also boosts potency and prevents mold. Trimming cannabis is more than just snipping away at your buds. Many growers dread trimming as it can be exhausting. However, expert growers understand that trimming weed is a vital part of producing high quality cannabis. In this article, we will discuss how to trim weed and go over some ways to make weed trimming fun and easy! Let's learn how to trim weed.
You can either trim wet or trim dry. Most novice growers looking to learn how to trim weed don’t know the difference between wet trimming and dry trimming.
With wet trimming, you trim your buds immediately after harvesting them, as in before you dry and cure the buds. On the other hand, dry trimming means drying the buds first, curing your weed, and then trimming. So, should you do a dry trim or a wet trim? To determine the appropriate approach, consider these elements:
Once you’ve determined which process to employ, it’s now time to begin. But before you start snipping away, you need to set yourself up for success. And that includes getting the right tools for trimming. Here’s what you need:
Once you have everything in place, follow these guidelines to start trimming.
Wash and dry your hands properly. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the resin from the sticky buds and to avoid contaminating your flower.
Always begin from the upper part of the plant when removing branches for trimming. The top part will likely mature first due to your grow lights or sun exposure. If you want to remove a branch, hold it at the bottom and cut it off before transferring them to your tray.
Fan leaves are the large bright, green leaves. If you remove fan leaves while growing your cannabis during the flowering stage, more light will reach your buds. Whatever fan leaves remain on the plant should be removed. If you are doing a wet trim, you can often just pluck the fan leaves off by hand. If you are doing a dry trim, you will want to use scissors.
Separate the flowers (sometimes called “bucking” the buds) from the stem with scissors. Make sure to keep the buds, leaves, branches and stems all separate.
Sugar leaves are the small leaves that go deep inside the buds. How you trim the leaves is up to you. However, don't dig in to remove the sugar leaves, as this may damage buds. Just take the leaves off the best way you can while avoiding damage. After trimming, set the buds on the tray until you complete the process.
If you trimmed wet, it is time to dry your cannabis and then cure it. For an in-depth discussion of curing cannabis, check out our article How to Cure Weed. If you trimmed dry, your flower is ready to be used. Now that you know how to trim marijuana plants, let’s discuss what you should do with all your leftover stems, leaves, and trim.
You might be wondering what to do with leftover leaves and stems after trimming your weed harvest. Of course, you can just throw your trim in the trash. Or you can put your trim to use. For example, cannabinoids remain in the leaves. Although sugar leaves are not the best to smoke, you can preserve them to make cannabutter. Similarly, you can use the stems to make weed tea from stems.
With these tips on how to trim weed, you can successfully trim your buds to improve look and taste. But trimming can be tiresome when you have a lot of cannabis to process. To make the experience more fun, try recruiting some friends to help you out. Whether you trimming alone or with friends, turn on some great music to make trimming your weed far more enjoyable. It’s also a perfect opportunity to sit and enjoy the effects of your favorite edible. For more information about growing cannabis, check out our article How to Grow Weed.
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