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Do you need to cure cannabis to make edibles? 

By Cheri Sicard
January 31, 2024

Dear Cheri,

If I harvested and dried my cannabis, is it necessary to cure cannabis if I only intend to make edibles from it?  I don't plan on smoking or vaping at all.

Great question!  The short answer is no, it's not really necessary to cure cannabis if you only intend on turning that crop into edibles.

That said, if you are not going to want to use it all at once, I would do a cannabis cure, because proper curing will get rid of moisture which in turn can lead to mold, and you would never want to cook with moldy weed.  Yuck!

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Now you did say you dried it, so that has removed a lot of moisture, so you are good to start cooking.  

Decarboxylating, another important step, will also help you lose some of the moisture, although your cannabis might be mighty wet still when coming out of a decarb cycle.  (If you don't know what decarboxylation is or how to do it, this post will enlighten you.)

If you went straight from harvest to infusion post it might take a little longer as there is moisture to cook off.  You might even notice some moisture in your final butter or oil infusions if your plant material was very wet when you started.  Check out the end of thos post for how to get rid of that, if in fact you do notice excess water.

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Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women, and The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.  Her online courses at Cannademy.com have educated 1000s of students about marijuana, cannabis cooking for home cooks, and making infused topicals.

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