Cannabis specific is difficult to find. True. There just aren't enough papers published (yet!
But we can break it down into simpler objectives and take from examples learned in other varieties and applications to give ourselves a sense of what we've got on our hands. This methodology may be less overwhelming (which I totally see your point, btw.)
What cells physically make up a fruiting body besides carbon?
What lipids, acids, and metabolic pathways will result in cannabinoids?
What are the biggest factors in the degradation of carbon/prenoids/hydrocarbons?
It's not just chlorophyll we want to remove from the finished bud. I think chlorophyll is used as a catch-all some times to really describe the amount of layers and tissue which comprise a leaf/calyx/off-shoot. Other cells- parenchyma, pericarp, schlerenchyma, mesophylls: these would need to be accounted for in decarboxylation as well. And as of yet, no papers on parenchyma evaporation in cannabis (boo! but hey, we've got bigger fish to fry, haha)
The mevalonate pathway and pyruvate pathway would be a good place to focus on for understanding how a root can take a symbiotic metabolite secretion and transform it into cannabinoids and prenoids in general. And what is measurable that makes a prenoid stronger? If one goes all the way back to the beginning, maybe we can get a Real handle on the final product.
The biggest threat, though, to those prenoids would be heat, light and moisture. And contact from handsy trimmers.
So- instrument measurable/chemistry of curing? *whistles* Dang. Why did I think I could take on such a lofty topic last night? Ah yes; Jameson :P