Bud washing is a fairly new technique, having only been officially in practice since about 2013. But there is no doubt that those who do it are convinced of its effectiveness. But don't take my word for it:
I tried the bud washing technique as I saw it floating around the forums as well. After following the instructions the end product came out outstanding!
It seems like they'd be damaged, but they show no sign of it. Even the dried pistils are still attached. When it cured, this was extremely potent and sticky.
I've also noticed a more even dry, better density when dried, etc. The taste will sell anyone on this method....that and the nice, white ash left behind upon smoking.
Budwashing is awesome. I have been using the SNS 311 instead of the lemon juice/sodium bicarbonate method above and the results are simply amazing. Incredibly smooth smoke, and the hits "feel cleaner" for lack of a better way to describe it. The buds also seem to keep their vibrancy more through curing and help with bag appeal as well. I will always from now on wash my buds.
You can read the entire thread here. It is well worth reading from beginning to end because it will show you how many people have had success with this technique!
1. What is bud-washing?
Bud-washing is a technique used right after you have harvested your plants. The process involves dipping the branches with buds and all into various buckets. Different people add different things to the buckets, but the general idea is to have one with H2O2, one with baking soda and lemon juice and at least one more bucket with only regular water in it.
Buds are then dipped into the first bucket for about 30 seconds, sloshed around and then dipped into the next bucket. Once it has been dipped into all the different buckets, the buds are hung up to dry. At this point, some people might let a fan blow on them for a few hours, but be careful not to overdry the buds.
2. How to Bud-wash
We recommend bud-washing as follows:
- Make sure you have:
- 4 x 20 Liter Buckets
- 1 Cup of Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup of Baking Soda
- H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) (we use 12ml of 50% H2O2 in one 20 liter bucket)
- Fill all 4 buckets with water. Regular tap water is fine, but don't make it too cold or too warm. Try to keep it right in-between.
- Add 12 ml of 50% H2O2 to the first bucket
- Add 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of baking soda to the second bucket
- Leave the 3rd and 4th bucket with only regular tap water.
- Fully submerge a branch into the first bucket while lightly agitating it and moving it around. Do this for 30 seconds.
- Remove the branch from the first bucket and let it drip dry before moving it to the next bucket.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 for all remaining buckets before hanging up the branch to dry.
Did bud-washing work for you? Leave a comment! We'd love to hear about your experience!