So, we recommend you to cut them off before you hang the marijuana branches upside down. The deal with this method is to dry it slowly but not to fast. If you dry your marijuana buds too fast it will make your marijuana buds smell like pine needles, hay, or taste bad. Drying the marijuana buds too slow in this first step is not a good idea ether because of mold and mildew will attack them. It's very important there's enough air circulation in the room so you can't do it without an electric driven fan. After the marijuana fan leaves are trimmed you want to hang it up to dry again because the marijuana buds will still be moist or wet. They should still have the little inner cannabis leaves so they can droop and cover the marijuana buds. Hang the branches again in a cool dark place with proper ventilation until the little marijuana leaves and bud tips turn crisp when you touch them. It is then time to remove the marijuana buds from the branch and remove the rest of the leaf material as best as possible. This is what is referred to as "manicuring" of marijuana buds. But as said before it's better if you do this before you hang them to dry. At this point the marijuana buds should be a little moist, including the inside of them. Some can be smoke-able at this point, but if you wait till the next two processes you can get even better smelling and tasting marijuana buds.
Bagging the marijuana buds
After the marijuana buds are trimmed [and a little moist still] you would want to dry them some more in the paper bag step. The best choice would be the brown shopping bags found at a supermarket, because they are not bleached [the stuff you don't want in your marijuana buds]. This is another tricky step. Put the trimmed cannabis buds in the brown bag loosely and its best not to fill it more than 3 to 4 inches | 7.5 to 10 cm from the bottom. It is not necessary at this time to close the bag [still need to prevent mildew and mold]. When the marijuana buds are in the bag you would want to check every day to rotate the marijuana buds in the bag so they dry evenly.This can be achieved by shifting positions of the marijuana buds, turning them ever so often, or shaking the bag. As the marijuana buds dry they will naturally compact into the self-preserving state that is mostly desired. At this time that the marijuana buds can be more compacted together and the bag can be folded close. They should now be fully smoke-able, though perhaps still! slightly moist in the middle. A big reminder that every climate differs and may take more or less time. There is nothing better than repeated, hands-on checking to prevent damage to the marijuana buds from mold and mildew.
Curing the marijuana buds
The last step is to create a way to bring out the full flavour and best smoke from the marijuana buds. This can be done by using an air tight jar or similar. Put the dried marijuana buds into the jar loosely [do not compact them and cover them]. It is very important in the early jar-stage to check the marijuana buds at least once a day to replace the air, take them out [this helps dry evenly and put them back in a different order]. This should be done for 7 to10 days then it can be done lest often. After 7 days all you need to do is open the jar and check the marijuana buds on a daily basis for mold and mildew. If mold and mildew is found in this step. Take the marijuana buds with mold or mildew out of the batch [throw away and put the rest back in a brown bag for a few more days] then the jar step can be repeated. This step can take from two weeks to two months depending on how you want your cannabis buds to develop its distinctive characteristics. The longer the better. A bud is completely dry, cured, and ready for consumption when the stem in the middle of the bud snaps easily with the fingers. The snap is easy to detect with practice. The marijuana buds now can be sealed and stored for a really long period of time. Lastly there are many ways to dry marijuana buds, but this is the best method yet we use and never failed us.