Try this guide for drying and curing: http://forum.grassci...-step-step.html
I've never heard of Arjan, but rumple sure know's his stuff. He has a lot of awesome guides and DIY's.
Anyway, long story short: bud shrinkage is normal. If your buds are tight and compact, they won't loose as much mass, but if they're light and airy, they'll shrink quite a bit.
Drying should not be confused with curing. Drying is getting moisture to acceptable levels before starting the curing process.
Curing breaks down your THC into other cannabanoids that taste and smell better, as well as make your high last longer. Also as you cure, the moisture close to the stem gets redistributed to the rest of the buds making them burn slower. Think of it like wine: the oldest vintage is always the most expensive because it will be the smoothest, best tasting wine compared to the stuff just pressed.
I know you didn't get much and the urge to smoke your own shit is very hard to overcome, but try curing just a little of what you have. I doubt you'll regret it
Edited by akhans, 03 March 2010 - 04:18 AM.