I am a first time grower. I have grown three different strains in the hope of helping my parents, my wife, and myself with some medical challenges.
I have dried and trimmed the first two strains (Jack Herer and 9 Pound Hammer), and it is in jars, which I have “burped” daily for the last two weeks. I have read that I should continue with this practice for up to a couple of months, except only opening the jars ever few days now. I just harvested the third strain, ACDC, a couple of days ago and it is now hanging to dry.
I am wondering now, though, if any of this process is even needed. It seems to me that this curing process is readying the bud to be smoked. But my parents and wife will not smoke or vape anything. So, it is my intention to infuse coconut or MCT oil in a slow cooker, so that the oil can be taken sublingually or in food. Since the weed won’t be smoked, is the drying and curing even necessary?
On a different note, the ACDC produced very small, sparse buds (actually, all my buds were pretty small, but the ACDC buds were particularly small/sparse). I harvested the plants when the “hairs” became about 70% brown (I don’t have a magnifier to look at the trichromes), even though I thought that maybe I should have left them longer to see if the buds would “fill out.” I have read that the leaves have a good amount of CBD (and other elements) in them, too, so should I be taking everything except the stalks and putting them in my oil? If I’m restricted to the buds alone, there ain’t going to be much!
Thanks in advance.