Marijuana Harvesting, THC Extraction and Hash Making

Harvesting your Buds

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And here we are, this is what all that work and worry has been leading to – an amazing crop of the highest quality marijuana; such high quality that it qualifies as medical marijuana.

Anticipation is a wonderful thing EXCEPT when the anticipation is better than the actual experience. This will not be the case in this instance; if you’ve followed the instructions in How to Grow Weed then something akin to a cosmic experience awaits you.

But, of course, you have to harvest the stuff first and, believe it or not, there is still time to stuff up the whole crop. So read on to ensure that you don’t make an error at the last minute.

The Best Time to Harvest your Weed

Get the timing of your weed harvest spot on, tick all the boxes, and you’ll reap the rewards in the quality of your smoke. Miss the opportune harvesting time, though, and the THC held in the buds will begin to lose its mind bending qualities; once the cropping window closes, decomposition happens very quickly and that is why some folk do all the should to maintain and pamper their crop but end up with a poor quality smoke. Quite simply, they missed the harvest window.

So, from page 538, you’ll read:

The importance of the window of opportunity and how to maximize it

How the characteristic of your marijuana crop changes at different times so you can manipulate your plants to produce the exact type of effect you want from the buds

All you need to know about trichomes, including some awesome macro-photographic weed porn. You’ll find detailed descriptions together with clearly written accurate information so even if this is your first time growing, heck, even if you never heard of a trichome before, you’ll be confident in knowing what you should be looking for and assessing whether you’ve achieved bud nirvana or not

Those descriptions that, if you’re not in the know, sound a bit rubbishy and pretentious, things like:

  • Clear
  • Cloudy
  • Amber
  • half amber
  • half cloudy
  • reddish hair

Well, they do actually mean something. Learn to talk the talk on page 540

Three approved and tested methods that help you calculate when the best harvest window will be

All about trichomes and why those on some strains don’t change color, making it difficult for some folk to know when it’s time to harvest. There’s a solution to this very frustrating problem and it appears on page 541 of How to Grow Weed

The timeline of trichome color change – see it on page 542

Five things that must happen before you harvest to be sure you’re cropping at precisely the right time

The expert guide to examining trichomes and what you should be looking for, plus details of an economical tool designed specifically for the weed grower in mind

Macro close-up comparison photographs of resin and trichomes – compare these with your own flowering crop to see if they’re at the right place yet

The top-most error made by the majority of new growers just prior to their first harvest: what it is and how to avoid it

The connection between bud crystals and a plant’s maturity to help you harvest the best herb possible

All you need to know about females – of the marijuana-type of course. There is a particularly beautiful guide showing exactly how a ripe female flower should look right at the apex of the harvest window – you’ll be beating the town’s stoners off once you have this information from How to Grow Weed page 545

Plant chemistry in plain language so you know the science behind producing a magical crop without having to wade your way through a jargon-filled textbook that is probably also devoid of pictures
From page 547 to page 550 you will find all you need to know about:

  • Plant age
  • THC
  • Plant Size
  • Photoperiod
  • Male versus female
  • Various varieties
  • Time of year
  • Monitoring buds

Weed Harvesting Techniques

Don’t throw all that time and effort down the pan by cutting your plants wrong! If you do, then the drying process will be stuffed and all that hard work will have been for nothing.

  • So, number one in this section of How to Grow Weed is information to help you cut in exactly the right place for a harvest chock-full of THC
  • The total time taken to harvest different strains so if you’re in a rush you can plant accordingly
  • All about flushing, what it is and why it’s so important in producing fresh flavor and incredibly lusty aroma
  • The water you should use for the best flushing experience
  • A common practice that will have your plants dying within a few hours and how to avoid it
  • What commercial flushing formulas are worth the money and which ones aren’t worth a dime
  • The Full Guide to a Foolproof Harvest: what to cut, when to cut, and how to cut
  • Handling your buds without damaging the THC-and-cannabinoid-rich trichomes
  • Eliminate mold with a single action. When you see your entire harvest of drying buds destroyed you’ll wish you’d read this section of How to Grow Weed
  • The best tools for cutting and how they should be prepared
  • Marijuana Indica harvesting step-by-step
  • Cut away tiny tops accurately and neatly
  • Marijuana Sativa harvesting step-by-step
  • Marijuana Manicuring, Drying and Curing

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