Filthy Nugs – DIY bathing your cannabis nugs for a cleaner smoke
Is Your Cannabis Plant A Dirty Whore With Dirty Nugs? Most likely!
A lot of growers I know don’t wash their buds. They just harvest, dry, and heal, and while this is fine and has been happening for thousands of years, the more experienced growers have another trick up their sleeve.
They wash their cannabis nugs!
But why such a strange and seemingly insane herbicidal act?
This is exactly what this article is about. If you are a home grower who is about to expand, I want to give you a challenge.
Take a small part of your crop and wash it next to the side that wasn’t washed. This is the best way to ensure that what I am about to tell you not only improves the quality of the smoke but also does not negatively affect your bud.
Do you have your attention
Let’s get into that, shall we?
Why should you wash your dirty nugs?
Simon Sinek wrote a book called “Start with Why” so that I can inspire you.
The why behind washing the nugs lies in one simple word: impurities!
When you grow outdoors, you have an infinite number of potential contaminants on your plants, including insect shit, dust, other plant pollen, insect eggs, fungi, and more.
You may think your indoor growth is safe, but contamination from dusty fans, microscopic fungal growth, etc. can also be present.
As a rule, back when weeds were being pulled from the streets, people didn’t have to worry because you could only get what you could get. And it is impossible to wash your weed after it has been cured.
However, as we started growing more weeds – and stricter regulations came into effect, washing your nugs became more and more important.
Many people claim that when you wash your buds, you have a “smoother smoke”.
But some of you might be thinking, “Reg, how the hell do you wash a nug?”
Well my dear friends – let me explain …
When is important!
You should wash your nugs right after you harvest, and by “right after” I mean within the first 1-2 hours after harvest, depending on the size of your harvest.
If you can harvest and wash at the same time, you are already winning!
For those who have wondered when to wash, it’s right after the harvest. You should cut the main fan leaf from the harvested plant and then dip the bud as it is in the solutions I will explain below.
I will also go into the recipe on how to make cannabis wash.
What am i using?
Okay now let’s talk about the solutions. You will need three buckets in total.
The first bucket is your main wash liquid and consists of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of lime juice per 1 liter of water warmed to 20 ° C.
This is the first wash solution that washes away dirt, kills fungi and other insects without harming the trichomes.
You just want to dip the entire nug in the water for about 30 seconds while gently moving the bud.
Don’t shake it like a caveman!
When you’ve done that first bath, take it out of the solution and gently shake off as much water as you can.
The second bath contains warm water – also heated to 20 ° C, but only contains water. This is supposed to flush the buds.
The final rinse is done in a bucket of pure water that is cool. Don’t let it be too cold, as this could definitely ensure that you lose some trichomes. When the water is around 10ºC, that should do the trick.
After each dip, make sure to remove the excess water before submerging it in the next solution.
Once you are done with this process … hang’em!
After you’ve bathed your dirty nugs, it’s time to get them into the drying stage of the process. You’ll just carry on like you always have, except now that you have clean buds to help maintain your buds.
Washing your nugs can help reduce the spread of fungus, insects like spider mites that choose to kill your plants during the drying process, and much more.
Additionally, many growers claim that washing the nugs also improves their taste. I may not have the palette to make such a distinction, but it definitely feels better.
At least psychologically! I mean, knowing you don’t smoke a spider hill certainly increases the quality of the smoke.
Is It Absolutely Necessary?
Short answer: no.
If you maintain a clean growing area and keep your plants healthy and pest free, you can probably get away with not washing your nugs. However, if you already grow cannabis, why not experiment?
I mean at the end of the day it can only improve the quality of your bud. And if not, you can go back to what you always did.
I know some breeders will make fun of this notion, but I also know that the seasoned breeder who has had to fight pests throughout the growing season knows that a good bath will never hurt the bud.
The sticky bottom line
As with all of my articles, I want to add value to the reader. Delve into the depths of cannabis growing, smoking, and society and bring you the nugs that can actually help you in your life.
Try this or not, it’s up to you – but now that you know bugs shit, piss, and fuck your plants, you’ll likely have a flashing reminder of this item the next time you smoke.
And for the germophobes – I’m sorry!
The next time you ask about a weed hatch, say, “Hey, are the weeds washed?” If they don’t know, you may be able to negotiate a lower price for “unwashed weeds”.
I don’t know – I’m only spitting ball here! If you do wash your nugs, let us know your process in the comments.
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