How To Harvest Hemp Without Drying or Trimming

In the process of creating a hemp product, the plant must be dried and trimmed in order to achieve a high-quality end product. The drying and trimming process reveals the bud or flower, and is traditionally done by hand.

There is a way to harvest hemp for CBD without drying or trimming by hand. Before we get to that, though, we should review the traditional method, which is much slower and expensive than the process that bypasses both of these steps and achieves a superior end product.

Traditional Drying and Trimming Methods

Drying Hemp

Traditionally, the drying process is done by cutting off large portions of the plant. Larger operations might cut the whole stalk, while smaller farmers might cut off each individual bud from the plant, often referred to as “bucking.” Bucking is typically a manual process; however, there is equipment available that is intended to speed up the process.

Drying Harvested Hemp

The key to successful drying is to dry the plant enough, but not too much. Too much drying can impact the quality of the plant. A general rule of thumb that most growers follow is to lose no more than 15% of the moisture from the plant, although more generally speaking growers shoot for a 10% moisture loss.

The plants are transferred to a facility where they will be hung and dried at a specific temperature and humidity to ensure the plants don’t overdry. This facility could be an inexpensive, open-air drying facility all the way to climate controlled segments or forced air dryers. Farmers will determine when the plant is dry enough to move onto the next step in the process. Depending on the plant and the drying methodology used, the drying process can take 5–14 days.

Trimming Hemp

trimming hempTrimming is an essential step in the process because you are essentially cutting away any problems found in the plant, like mold. Farmers would want to remove any undesirables prior to going into extraction in order to reduce issues in the post processing phase.

Trimming can be done before the hemp is harvested. This is referred to as wet trimming, and it’s a very common method, especially for smaller operations. This method is primarily done by hand, but there are some machines that do it.

More experienced growers will trim their hemp plants after the plant has been cut and dried. This technique, called dry trimming, is typically done to achieve a higher quality end product, since you get a more precise end product with this method.

Trimming is an essential step in the process because you are essentially cutting away any problems found in the plant, like mold. Farmers would want to remove any undesirables prior to going into extraction in order to reduce issues in the post processing phase.

trimming hemp

Trimming can be done before the hemp is harvested. This is referred to as wet trimming, and it’s a very common method, especially for smaller operations. This method is primarily done by hand, but there are some machines that do it.

More experienced growers will trim their hemp plants after the plant has been cut and dried. This technique, called dry trimming, is typically done to achieve a higher quality end product, since you get a more precise end product with this method.

How to Harvest Hemp without Drying and Trimming

The traditional drying and trimming process does have some downsides:

  • Substantial manual labor
  • Time
  • Facility costs
  • Degradation as you repeatedly move and handle the plant

Growers now have a simpler, alternative option that does not require either part of the process to be done by hand and causes no loss or degradation to the cannabinoids or terpenes of the cannabis plant.

Introducing the CryoMass Refinement System

CryoMass Refinement System CRS 2000

By using a groundbreaking, patent-pending CryoMass Refinement System, you can bypass the drying and trimming processes, increase your output, and save time and money. This technology allows you to harvest, dry, and purify biomass from cannabis and hemp plants.

There are many benefits to this revolutionary system, which we will explore below.

No Drying or Trimming

Perhaps the greatest advantage of this system is what we’ve already alluded to in this post — that you can process the fresh plant without drying or trimming. Not only does this cut down your work time from days or weeks to mere hours, but it also saves you money by automating the process and not requiring these necessary steps to be completed by hand.

Solvent-Free Process

The CryoMass Refinement System does not utilize any chemical solvents, meaning you don’t have to store them in your warehouse and follow safety protocols regarding their storage. The process is totally green, and utilizes only nitrogen to achieve the same results as you would with a traditional solvent like ethanol or butane.

High-Capacity and Efficient Processing

The CRS 2000 can process up to 1,300 pounds of fresh plant per hour — a far more efficient process than doing drying and trimming and processing by hand. In addition, the process renders up to a 90% dried output material and reduces the biomass volume up to 80%, meaning you can more easily store more of the product in lesser space, solving any warehousing issues you may be facing.

Cryogenic Preservation

After the refinement process is completed, the CryoMass Refinement System has the ability to cryogenically preserve the refined biomass, which allows you to store it indefinitely without any damage to the final product. This ensures that your business can process the hemp whenever you’re ready, without worrying about the product expiring.


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