I know you're losing some potency just not sure how much. Evaporating quite a few terpenes off and changing the remaining ones structures into something different. Along with modifying the THC into different forms. You need to run some tests and find out what is going on at a chemical level. Effects are subjective, people can argue all day. It comes down to how we smoked when we first started enjoying cannabis.
My thinking is the cob curing is a clever adaptation to growing in a tropical jungle in primitive conditions. No way you'll get anything dry without it molding. Even if you did it would be crispy harsh dry with no cure and all the terpenes would evaporate anyway.
I like long cures in cool temperatures, below 60 degrees and very dry. I harvest at first light before the sun hits the plants. Do everything I can to avoid moisture, heat, and light which are the enemies of THC and the other compounds contained in cannabis. To me purposely doing this is counter-intuitive and destructive. But what do I know.
I end up long curing some of my flowers, keeping them cool and dry for a year or two. After the first year they turns golden, brown, black, red. Loses all the chlorophyll and smokes very smooth. Very different high, relaxing and pleasant to smoke but no where near as strong as when fresh. Smoke joints of it all day without getting run down. No big rush from taking big hits.
I think you're basically speeding up this aging process along with something extra the fermentation does. I'm thinking part of why the cannabis of the 60s and 70s was how it was, it took so long to ship it. A year sitting in warehouses and ships can change flowers quite a bit.
One more thing I should add, I'm skeptical of these methods but not dismissive because I have very little experience with cannabis cured this way. I've only smoked real African ganja once, 20 years ago. It was chocolate colored and chocolate flavored.
We'd already smoked modern west coast green cannabis so I wasn't clear headed but it was definitely excellent. Got me quite a bit more baked in a different way. African cannabis never makes it out to the west coast of the US so it was a real treat.
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