ReikoX's Cannagar Tutorial
To cure the leaves, I first take them fresh off of the plant and vacuum seal them. Then I put them some place warm like on a seedling mat for a couple of days. After a few days, the moisture will be removed from the leaves and may even pool in the bag. I remove the leaves and let them dry until they are just starting to crisp up at the ends, then vacuum seal them again for a week or so.
Next I shape the cigar. A cigar mold would probably work better, but the artisan hand rolled cigar is always nice as well.
First, I shaped the tip of the cigar with some hemp twine. The idea is to get the hemp twine as thick as the cigar will be in the end.
Next, I weighed out about 7 grams of bud and removed any large stems. I broke the buds down so they were a uniform size, and formed them into shape with a bamboo rolling mat.
Then, I cut a piece of parchment paper and wrapped it around the buds. This helps keep the buds from falling apart when wrapping them with the hemp twine.
Aafter that, I wrapped it tightly with the hemp twine. Notice how much more compact it got wrapping it like that.
Finally, I vacuum sealed it for about a week. This will help it keep its shape when wrapping the leaves later.
After a week or so of being tightly wrapped, I carefully removed the hemp twine and parchment paper. Now it's time to finish wrapping the buds with the leaves. For this cannagar I'll use about 7 grams of Holy Grail 69 bud, 0.5 grams of mixed kief, about 1 gram of Skunk rosin, and several Duban Poison (male) leaves.
First I pressed the dry sift between two pieces of parchment with a hand clamp. This is kief from under my cleaning screens. A full gram would have been better, I'll make due with what I have.
The bud was lightly covered in rosin and rolled in the pressed kief. To use the rosin, I put a dab on my dab tool and melt it with my e-nail. Then while it's liquid I can smear it on the bud or leaves.
Each of the fingers of the leaves were carefully removed. Using the rosin as an adhesive, I first made the tip of the cigar by putting a hole in the middle of the leaf and putting through the skewer.
Smearing heated rosin on each leaf, I finished covering the cannagar. This was then vacuum sealed and will age until 4/20.