I seem to be finding two separate but re-occurring themes.
1. When the roots become boiled, stomata close up as a response to the root temperatures and therefore increase the length of the drying and curing.
2. DC420 suggests adding boiling water 3 days out prior to harvest in order to kill the roots. As the roots die the plant is no longer able to absorb water or nutes from the roots. With the lights on 10/14 12/12 (or whatever). Over the next three days the plant uses the rest of its reserves stored in the fan leaves (cannibalizes). At the same time the plant is using its reserves, it begins to lose water weight in the bud due to lights being on and Relative humidity (assuming its in the proper range) keeping the stomata open. These two processes increase the terpene profile and decrease the amount of time (by 3 days) that the plant needs to hang dry.
Has anybody tried boiling water and letting the plant sit for 3 more days?
Somebody above mentioned using boiling water and noticed that their plant was a bit droopy on the day of harvest. This would make sense if the plant had lost water weight and was no longer able to support itself using turgid pressure. I will be doing this on one of my two autos to see a comparison in drying/curing times, terpene profile, and smokeability. I will report back in August once I give it a go.