Drying for Flower or Extracts? Transforming an art to a science.
Drying for flower or extracts? At Cann Drying Systems we are transforming an art to a science to maximize quality and minimize human error. Quality of output is critical when it comes to drying and curing cannabis. One of the biggest concerns when drying cannabis is the loss of terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for the aroma and flavor of the final product. Terpenes are volatile compounds that can be lost if the drying process is not done precisely. Our systems are engineered for cannabis cultivators to dry utilizing different environmental set points based upon their intended end-use for the product while ensuring that terpenes are retained on-plant or collected for extract uses.
High Quality Flower
For high-quality smokable cannabis, low-temperature, slow drying is the preferred method (most often at 60F and 60% RH). On average these parameters result in a 4-6 day drying cycle to achieve moisture contents in the 10-14% range. This allows more terpenes to be retained on-plant, resulting in a more flavorful and aromatic product.
Drying for Extraction
When drying for extract purposes, faster drying is often preferred to shorten the bottleneck between harvest and extraction and maximize throughput capacity (most often in the 85F-100F temp and 40-50% RH range). On average these parameters result in a 24-72 hour drying cycle to achieve moisture contents in the 8-10% range.
Closed Air-Circuit Chamber
In a standard dry room, these environmental parameters often mean that terpenes are sacrificed via evaporation and lost to an HVAC system. Cann’s closed air-circuit chamber design ensures that terpenes typically lost in a standard dry room are captured via our condensate capture system in the DH unit. On average, the condensate capture system captures up to 140mL of broad spectrum terpenes per 1,000 lbs of wet cannabis material placed in the chamber. These high quality broad spectrum terpenes can then be used to enhance the flavor and aroma of extract products and turn lower quality distillates and other extracts into a higher-value, higher-terpene quantity concentrate.
Cann’s systems are designed for the flexibility cannabis cultivators need. We ensure terpenes are retained or captured depending on your goals for the final product. By adjusting the set points accordingly, cultivators can achieve high-quality and flavorful cannabis products, batch after batch.