Do You Know About the Trimming Process Done for Cannabis Cultivation?
There are a number of stages in the cannabis plant life that starts from seedling, growing, flowering and then proceeds to harvesting and after that processing. Here in this article we will talk about the in-between stage, which is called trimming phase.
Generally, cannabis cultivation goes through following few processes:
Trimming stage will be involved during post-harvesting stage. Generally, after the end of flowering stage, which is between 8 to 12 weeks based on the strain the trimming process takes place.
Trimming process is actually meant for removing all less wanted parts that are coming from plant e.g. regular leaves, fan leaves and any other leaves during beginning of harvest phase.
In fact, trimming is a form of manicuring cannabis buds or flowers from plant material that contains cannabinoids of low concentrations.
Why it is necessary to trim cannabis buds?
Following are few reasons why it is necessary to trim the buds. It is time to get deal now how much improvement is needed on the following aspects of your cannabis products
Whenever you will see any advertisement in magazines or any online picture, you will find all the buds are fully manicured, or somewhat trimmed.
With this appearance, we have generally associated ourselves with “good weed”, hence untrimmed buds will look less attractive to us.
Cannabis leaves can always be “harsher” for your throat/lungs as compared to flowers while smoking cannabis. Hence, trimming off all extra leaf matter will improve “smoothness” of buds while smoking.
3. THC concentration
Sugar leaves on the buds inherently will have lower THC concentration than bud which means that you are getting less THC than with bud.
Few growers like trimmed buds but at the same time don’t want to lose any THC, hence they trim for extracting the THC separately.
How to select best technology for cannabis trimming?
During the time when the entire plant material will go through extraction of cannabinoids and also terpenes, few intermediate products are also used for your final cannabis product like oil, soft gels, tablets, isolates and edibles etc.
In such case, it will be less important to get nice bud having no additional small stems or sugar leaves.
Moreover, in such process, one will prefer to maximize yield and hence use plant material and also the buds, like sugar leaves which contain lower concentrations of terpenes and cannabinoids.
In all such processes, plant material is milled before doing further processing and hence, it will be less critical for an advanced trimming. Milling process can break cannabis into smaller pieces with uniform particle sizes for maximizing the surface area.
Where the bud or cannabis flower is considered as a final product and which will be finally used for either smoking or vaporization, then buds must look as well as smell nice and also need to be maintained as whole, and hence more delicate process will be needed.
A right machine will be needed for removing the fan leaves, stems, sugar leaves and any other extraneous plant parts.