Trimming cannabis buds is an important step in preparing them for drying and curing. Here’s a
guide on the best way to trim your cannabis buds:
- Gather the necessary tools: Prepare a clean and well-lit workspace with the following
tools: sharp pruning shears or trimming scissors, latex or nitrile gloves, and a clean
surface for collecting the trimmed buds.
- Dry trimming or wet trimming: You can choose to trim your buds either before or after
drying, depending on personal preference and the characteristics of your plants. Dry
trimming involves trimming the buds after they have been dried, while wet trimming
involves removing the leaves immediately after harvest. Wet trimming can be easier
since the leaves are more pliable, but it can also increase the risk of introducing
moisture to the drying process.
- Remove large fan leaves: Regardless of whether you choose dry or wet trimming, start
by removing the large fan leaves from the branches. These leaves contain fewer
trichomes and are not typically used for consumption. Use your pruning shears or
scissors to carefully trim them away, leaving behind the smaller sugar leaves that are
closer to the buds.
- Trim sugar leaves: Next, focus on trimming the sugar leaves that surround the buds.
These leaves can have trichomes and contribute to the overall appearance and quality
of the buds. Trim them close to the bud, being careful not to cut into the buds
themselves. Some growers prefer a “wet trim” where they trim the sugar leaves very
close to the buds, while others prefer a “dry trim” where they leave more sugar leaves
intact during drying and trim them after.
- Maintain cleanliness: As you trim, be mindful of maintaining cleanliness to avoid
introducing contaminants or damaging the buds. Use clean gloves and periodically clean
your scissors to prevent resin build-up and to ensure a clean trim.
- Collect trimmed buds: As you trim each bud, place the trimmed buds in a clean
container or on a clean surface. Avoid overcrowding the container to prevent damage to
the delicate trichomes.
- Post-trim quality check: After trimming, inspect the buds for any missed leaves or
imperfections. Make any necessary touch-ups to ensure a clean and aesthetically
Remember, the trimming process can be time-consuming, especially if you have a large harvest.
Take breaks as needed to maintain focus and precision. Proper trimming helps improve the
overall aesthetics and quality of your cannabis buds, contributing to a better final product.