This is one of the most important parts of preparing your bud for the curing process. Manicuring is a type of aesthetic bud treatment that will also help you to separate the best from the rest. You will need a tray or two of some description depending on how much bud you have, a black plastic bag, a sharp pair of small fine scissors and some rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol can be used to remove resin strains from your scissors, which after awhile will become sticky, dull and even jammed with resin.The manicuring process can take a long time so some people like to set up their manicuring system in front of the television. Manicuring will get your fingers covered to resin so prepare everything that you will need beforehand — food, drinks, joints, bongs, etc.
Take as much of your hanging bud as possible and place it down in a heap on top of your black plastic bag. Try to keep the strains separate and even label each heap so that you remember which strain is which. During the manicuring process it is easy to get buds mixed up. Place another black plastic bag over this lot to avoid light degrading THC levels.
Get your first plant out from heap and use your fingers to remove as many of the branches and leaves as you can. This is your chance to remove trim matter that you may have missed during the preliminary manicure step. Chop the remaining branches into convenient workable sizes for hand-held manicuring. Repeat this process with all the other plants until you fill your tray with the first-round, hand-manicured plants.
Next you will start the more precise, second-round manicure. Pick up your first piece of bud and clip away as much of the branch or stem as possible. Now work your scissors in between the bud and marijuana leaf. In one quick pinch you should be able to separate the marijuana leaf from the bud by snipping the cannabis leaf at the base. Notice that the stem of the marijuana leaf is covered in trichomes? Hang onto these leaves as they are very high quality trim. Repeat the process until you have removed as much cannabis leaf as possible. If you find that you cannot get at the cannabis leaf then simply snip as much of the leaf away as you can by sheering them in half or as close to the bud as possible.
Rotate the plant by the stem to gain access to the other side of the manicured bud. This rotation movement is the quickest way to access all of Uie leaf sites on the plant.
Take care when cutting not to remove pistils or calyx along with the marijuana leaf. To avoid pistil removal, try using the very tips of the scissors when you snip so that the blades do not go past the piece you want to cut. Repeat this process with the other first-round, hand-manicured pieces and you will eventually end up with very nice manicured pieces of bud that are ready for curing.
How much you remove depends on what quality of manicured bud you want to end up with. Undoubtedly the method above produces the best quality manicured bud from your harvest, however the weight of the overall product will be reduced. By leaving on lots of trim leaves these will actually dry in with the bud to create a medium quality manicured bud that weighs more than the best quality manicured bud. U Itimately it is your choice: you can manicure your bud for maximum weight or quality. ...
You will end up with several separate piles of leaf, both from the preliminary manicure step and the more intensive manicuring process. Some people dump this Marijuana leaf. Others smoke it. Still others will make hash from it. Most of the leaf will be harsh to smoke but will contain some cannabinoids.The better leaf will have visible trichomes. You can easily locate the leaf that is high in trichome content using a microscope. A microscope is a useful aid for separating the better cannabis leaf from the rest for hash making, especially if you are planning to use the cold water extraction technique using bubble bags. Of course, what you do with your leaf is entirely up to you.