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Right after all the plants have been harvested, it is time to manicure them. Manicuring is simply cutting off the leaves that were growing from the buds. Cut off all the leaves surrounding the bud, so that just the bud remains.
Manicuring cannabis is a relatively simple process, yet a tedious and time consuming task making the temptation to cut corners and hastily trim very inviting. Manicuring correctly is an essential step in the production of high quality cannabis as poorly manicured and/or handled cannabis heads will begin to degrade in quality rapidly, and if cured or stored incorrectly they may even become mouldy or have their taste ruined from the dying excess leaf remaining from a poor manicure job.
How to Manicure :
When manicuring the buds, use a pair of scissors with small blades (to reach hard to get leaves) or trimming clippers that are comfortable on your hands. . If you have a small crop, you can handle the plants with you bare hands. With a large crop, wear powder free latex gloves. The latex gloves will collect trichome resin in a similar manner to the way live marijuana plants are rubbed to make hashish. The latex gloves have to be powder free or the powder will get mixed into the resin. When you are finished manicuring all the plants, remove the gloves and place them in a plastic bag (to catch resin that drops off). Put the plastic bag with the gloves in a freezer for 2-3 hours. The trichome resin can easily be peeled from the frozen latex gloves and consumed the same way you would use hashish.
Work over a table or some kind of smooth flat surface. This will make it easy to collect all the material that has been cut away from the buds. It is lower in THC than the buds, but rather than throw it away, you can use it to make hash or hash oil.
Grab your first plant and use your fingers to remove as many of the branches and leaves as you can. Chop the remaining branches into convenient workable sizes for hand-held manicuring.
Next you will start the more precise, second-round manicure. Pick up your first piece of bud by the stem and clip away as much of the branch or stem as possible. Now work your scissors in between the bud and marijuana leaf. In one quick pinch you should be able to separate the marijuana leaf from the bud by snipping the cannabis leaf at the base. Notice that the stem of the marijuana leaf is covered in trichomes? Hang onto these leaves as they are very high quality trim. Repeat the process until you have removed as much cannabis leaf as possible. If you find that you cannot get at the cannabis leaf then simply snip as much of the leaf away as you can by sheering them in half or as close to the bud as possible.
Rotate the plant by the stem to gain access to the other side of the manicured bud. This rotation movement is the quickest way to access all of Uie leaf sites on the plant.Take care when cutting not to remove pistils or calyx along with the marijuana leaf. To avoid pistil removal, try using the very tips of the scissors when you snip so that the blades do not go past the piece you want to cut. Repeat this process with the other first-round, hand-manicured pieces and you will eventually end up with very nice manicured pieces of bud that are ready for curing.
How much you remove depends on what quality of manicured bud you want to end up with. Undoubtedly the method above produces the best quality manicured bud from your harvest, however the weight of the overall product will be reduced. By leaving on lots of trim leaves these will actually dry in with the bud to create a medium quality manicured bud that weighs more than the best quality manicured bud. U Itimately it is your choice: you can manicure your bud for maximum weight or quality. ...
You will end up with several separate piles of leaf, both from the preliminary manicure step and the more intensive manicuring process. Some people discard this marijuana leaf. Others smoke it. Still others will make hash or hash oil from it. Most of the leaf will be harsh to smoke but will contain some cannabinoids. Of course, what you do with your leaf is entirely up to you.
If absolutely necessary, you can wait to manicure the buds. However, the leaves will begin to dry up and wilt and the job will take more time if you wait. Manicuring right after the plants are harvested will also speed the drying process
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