Marijuana Business Magazine November-December 2019

Marijuana Business Magazine | November-December 2019 162 A fter months of growing and caring for their cannabis plants, diligent cultivators pay close attention to the curing and trimming processes to ensure the product delivered to consumers is of the utmost quality. “It’s like running a race,” said Ryan Gomez, co-founder and head of cul- tivation for Albuquerque, New Mex- ico-based PūrLife. “Everyone wants to start out strong, but you have to finish strong.” If a grower messes up the cure or trimming, the whole product can be lost, he added. Cultivators looking at honing their trimming and curing practices should consider: • How the length of time allocated to curing can affect the final product. • Whether hand- or machine- trimming is the best method. • Organizing your operation to keep a steady crew of trimmers. A customer should pick up a well-trimmed and cured bud, twist it around and see the trichomes sparkle and smell the terpenes that properly express the particular strain of flower, said Tom Stevenson, CEO of Denver- based Bonsai Cultivation. “You have to carry it every step of the way or it’s not going to end up like that,” he added. Best Practices In Cultivation | Bart Schaneman Finishing Strong How to cure and trim your cannabis to create a quality end product Cannabis flower should be properly dried and stored to preserve trichomes and terpenes that express the best quality of each cultivar. Photos Courtesy of Bonsai Cultivation