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Exploring evaporation post-harvest

As margins shrink in a hyper-competitive industry, cultivators would be wise to ensure their flower stands out for the right reasons; and moisture retention is the biggest key. Paying attention to humidity control post-harvest makes a big difference, particularly with maintaining quality and value, which can help separate one cultivator from another.

While some may rush to harvest flower for processing, the ones who realize the importance of moisture retention will create a better overall product, and, thus, impact retailers, consumers and, ultimately, the cultivator’s bottom line.

When harvested cannabis dries too much, trichomes become brittle, fragile and can break off. Likewise, terpenes also evaporate when trichomes are exposed to conditions that allow oxidation to occur. Once lost, neither trichomes nor terpenes can be recovered, even if the flower is rehydrated. Any loss of particular compounds alters the chemical composition of cannabis flower and can harm its therapeutic value, which is a concern for many consumers. And with cannabis buyers far more sophisticated in their knowledge of cannabis strains and quality, this is an important factor cultivators must consider.


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