The Right Way of Trimming Cannabis Buds (Wet Method)

Today, we’ll guide you through the steps on how to trim using the wet method. This technique is easier as the leaves are sticking out, making them quicker to notice and prune, compared to when you use the dry method. It nearly always leads to a quicker drying process as well since the extra plant leaves can keep the buds moist for longer. Buds also appear tidier afterward!


  • Apron (preferably silk)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Sharp scissors
  • Sterilized pruning shears
  • Trays


Step 1: Prepare the location

The first thing you’d want to do is pick a conducive place for trimming. By conducive I mean it should be adequately ventilated with proper lighting. The procedure is longer than you think, so you have to be comfortable while you cut. Clear up the area and ensure you have a table and a reliable chair. Avoid using couches or camping chairs that can cause you to sit like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Use a zero gravity chair or a durable standard one.

Step 2: Wear the proper attire

Put on your apron. It’s best to use a silk apron so that the resin won’t stick to your clothes. Then, wash your hands before you wear the gloves. Other growers prefer putting powder on their rubber gloves because it’ll be quicker to wear and take off. If you don’t have rubber gloves, any pair of gloves will do the trick. And if you’re someone who doesn’t want to wear any, then cross out the disposable gloves on the list and replace it with rubbing alcohol. You’ll need that to get rid of the resin stuck in your fingers during the trimming process. Mind you, water and soap can’t remove resin.

Step 3: Get comfortable

It’s high time to start the process! Sit down, and ensure all materials are within your reach.

Step 4: Cut a branch

Get your pruning shear and start trimming a branch off your plant. Cut one branch at a time. Pruning the branches all at once would be inconvenient for you especially if you must stop trimming for an emergency or another reason. As long as the buds are still attached to your cannabis plant, they’ll be fine for 1-2 days even if the other branches have been removed.

When trimming, don’t forget to prune them to a size that’s workable for you. You should be able to handle the size comfortably.

Step 5: Get rid of the fan leaves

Remove the large fan leaves that can be quickly taken out by their long stems. This is the best time to use your bud trimmer machine. Stack these leaves to prepare them for disposal in a while.

Step 6: Prune the sugar leaves

Sugar leaves are the tiny leaves that can be found in the colas of your cannabis plant. They are referred to as such because they are enveloped with trichomes. You don’t have to remove these leaves; you only need to cut them with your sharp scissors if they stick out.


Before and after trimming the sugar leaves

As mentioned earlier, sugar leaves are covered with trichomes. No matter how many trichomes are attached to those leaves, don’t ignore the leaves. Some growers don’t prune them, but that isn’t an excellent choice. You can always save those sugar leaves in another pile so you can extract the trichomes later to make butter or hash extracts. By doing so, you’ll be getting every bit of THC minus the harshness of additional leaf substance.

Do your best to avoid cutting off an actual bud. You’d want to keep them attached to the branches for a slow drying procedure. As much as you can, keep the buds on the steps. If you’re struggling with high levels of relative humidity and having a tough time drying, then you may prune the buds off the stem. But as long as the humidity is normal, then don’t cut any bud.


Cannabis bud

When pruning, remember that the trimmed leaves from the bud should fall onto one of the trays you’ve prepared earlier. Cleaning up will be much easier if you start doing things in an organized way. Besides, having them fall onto a designated tray will let you conserve more for hash.

Step 7: Continue cutting the other branches

The process might take a while, and the duration will depend on how much you want to prune. Don’t forget to take breaks in the middle of the work, so you don’t get discouraged. I suggest you stand up once in a while, walk around, drink a glass of water, and play your favorite tunes while you trim.

If you think you’ve done enough for the day, then stop. You can always reap your cannabis plant in sections within a couple of days.

Step 8: Collect the cannabis resin from your scissors


Once you’re done cutting, you’ll notice your fingers and scissors will be covered in hash. Gather them all as they are concentrated cannabis resin that you can smoke, vape, or consume just like cannabis flowers.

Step 9: Clean up

After trimming the branches off your plant, cut the remaining parts of the plant. Cutting them into pieces and putting them inside brown bags are the ways to dispose of them properly.

Step 10: Dry them

Hang the branches to dry them completely. Remember: Don’t let the buds touch one another during the drying process.

Pruning Tips

  • Do your best to use the tips of your sharp scissors when you cut. Don’t trim using the sides because that will make your scissors sticky and nasty in no time.
  • When you’re cutting, remove everything that’s not entirely covered with trichomes. Also, try your best to make an even surface area around the cannabis buds. This means you’ll have to cut from the red pistils up to the plant leaves. Pistils don’t have many trichomes—in fact; sometimes they have zero trichomes. You can keep them for decoration purposes if you wish.
  • Save the trim tinctures, edibles, and budders. There’s still a considerable amount of cannabinoid in these extra leaves, and if you’re an economical cannabis grower, you’d be able to do tons of things with remaining trim.
  • Use airtight containers to reserve the trimmed buds for the curing process. It’s also ideal to use glass mason jars for buds that have been freshly dried. You can use them for cured buds that need an extended curing period as well.

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