Bud Washing

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First, What are we talking about?

It’s pretty simple. We’re washing the plant during the harvest and curing phase. I honestly can’t think of anything else to say about ‘The What‘ without getting into the why and how, so let’s get to it.

Why wash your buds?

Just like you wash your vegetables before eating them, it’s probably a good idea to wash Cannabis before consuming it as well. How big an impact it makes will depend on the environment the buds were grown in. Was it outdoors or indoors? Was the indoor garden sealed or ventilated? Was any sprayed on the plant, ie food or pest control?

My flowering room is sealed, and I don’t spray anything my plants. I certainly understand why it’s important to some of the growers here that spray their plants weekly. My wash water usually doesn’t get too dirty. Yes, it certainly appeared to have cleaned something off. Even in my sealed room there will be dust and dirt on the plants.

All my years as a commercial outdoor grower this was invaluable as outdoor plants pick up all kinds of things and you will notice the water being very dirty. I wash every plant i grow out side.


  1. Take 3 clean 5-gallon buckets and fill them with Reverse Osmosis (RO) water.  If RO not available, use filtered water.  
  2. Dissolve 1/4 cup Lemon Juice and 1/4 cup Baking Soda into the 1st bucket.
  3. Gently dip, swish, and swirl your freshly cut colas into Bucket 1, then rinse them off by swirling them in buckets 2, then 3. Be careful not to smash them into the sides or bottoms of the buckets.
  4. Drip dry, and cure as normal.

The first bucket has room temp, ie not cold, water with the lemon juice and baking soda. The second bucket has the hottest water I can get from the faucet. The last bucket is the coldest water I can get.

Remember trichome are not water soluble so the only damage you can cause is by beating them up.

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