Dry trimming and wet trimming are the two main methods of trimming buds. Understanding the pros and cons of dry trimming may help you decide if dry trimming is for you.
What is Dry Trimming?
Dry trimming involves trimming the buds after they have been harvested and dried. The buds are typically hung upside down to dry for 5-10 days until the branches snap, indicating they are dry enough for trimming.
Pros of Dry Trimming:
- Better Aesthetic Quality: Dry trimming preserves the aesthetic quality of the buds by allowing them to retain their shape and size. Wet trimming can sometimes damage the buds and make them look less appealing.
- Retains Terpenes: Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that give cannabis its distinct flavor and aroma. Dry trimming allows the terpenes to be retained in the buds, resulting in a more flavorful and aromatic product.
- Less Messy: Wet trimming can be more sticky, which can make them harder to handle and process. Dry trimming reduces the stickiness of the buds, making them easier to handle and store.
- Control: Dry trimming allows growers more control over the drying speed, as the exterior foliage (leaves, stems etc.) retain moisture. Maintaining the exterior foliage can prevent buds from drying too quickly.
- Better flavour: Dry-trimmed buds provides a smoother, more pleasant flavour. The slower the buds are dried, the more chlorophyll they lose. Less chlorophyll leads to a better flavor.
Cons of Dry Trimming:
- More Difficult: Dry trimming can be more difficult than wet trimming because the buds are drier and more delicate and the leaves will often curl inward. This can make it harder to trim the buds without damaging them.
- More time consuming: A more difficult trim, means a more time consuming trim.
- More Trichome Loss: Trichomes are the resin glands that contain the cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis. Dry trimming can result in more trichome loss than wet trimming because the buds are more fragile.
- Risk of mould: In humid climates, dry trimming can increase the risk of mould because the drying process is slower. Ventilation and dehumidifying may help to prevent mould in more tropical climates.
- More Space: Dry trimming requires more space because you are not removing the foliage before drying.
Dry trimming and wet trimming both have their pros and cons. Dry trimming is a great option for those who are looking to preserve the aesthetic quality and terpenes of their buds. However, it can take longer and can be more difficult than wet trimming. Ultimately, the choice between dry trimming and wet trimming will depend on the grower's preferences and specific needs.