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Constituting roughly half of the post-harvest process, trimming is a word that causes most industry professionals to shudder. An arduous and tedious offshoot of the cultivation equation, trimming is both a necessary and, mostly, rigorous aspect of the process. Also, it is a parcel that involves a number of parts.

Firstly, it is important to determine what equipment will be needed for post-harvest trimming. If working with a small number of plants, scissors can almost always be used to take care of the trimming. There are quite literally dozens of brands now available, and even rankings for the best trim snips on the market.3

Typically categorized by attributes – namely comfort, style and quality of the blades – trim scissors are also chosen for more nuanced reasons, like whether they are spring-loaded or not, and the ease of use of the product. Another factor to consider is how resinous the scissors become after trimming with them, though this issue can usually be remedied or mitigated by using isopropyl alcohol to clean the blades.

For larger grows, greenhouses and commercial facilities, trimming by hand is generally not feasible. In these instances, industrial post-harvest equipment is used, which can trim large volumes of product in a short period of time. This long line-up of options includes bucking machines, and trimmers that come in a variety of styles.

The most popular units, like the Twister trimmer, can handle hundreds of pounds of cannabis per day. Even with that output, however, many large commercial growers have many trimming machines running simultaneously, helping to streamline and expedite the post-harvest process by a significant margin.4

Finally, the last thing that needs to be considered in the context of trimming, is whether to undertake the task when the product is wet or dry. While there are pros and cons to both styles, the main factor that determines whether trimming is done when the plant has been freshly harvested, or after it has dried, is the preference of the grower. Like many other aspects of cultivation and post-harvest, the type of trimming employed is something that changes from grow to grow, and grower to grower.

  1. “The best bud trimming scissors for cannabis in 2018.” https://www.sensigarden.com/bud-trimming-scissors/
  2. “Trimming equipment primer: 5 keys to maximizing ROI.” http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/trimming-equipment-primer-5-keys-to-maximizing-roi/

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