6 Easy Ways to Rehydrate Dry Cannabis
If the stuff didn’t cost so darn much, you wouldn’t care about dried out cannabis. Brown, brittle, and flakey, dehydrated cannabis seems worthless.
Dry is better than moldy wet. But, overdried kills aroma, flavor, and brain/body impact. You can over dry buds by curing them too long, storing them poorly, or letting them age forever.
But, you just might be able to rehydrate dry cannabis — if it is not too far gone.
6 Easy Ways to Rehydrate Dry Cannabis
If the cannabis has dried to a crumbling dry powder, you can forget it. Even mixing it with quality stuff will only contaminate the good with the bad. But, these tricks might work for you:
- Citrus Strips: Adding a strip of orange, lemon, or lime rind to your storage container allows the moisture in the rind leach into the cannabis. Others add pieces of bread, lettuce, kale, mint, or banana peel to work the same “magic.” It can add to or distract from the natural aroma or taste, so you should keep that in mind. And, you must remove the added organic matter the next day to avoid mold.
- Wet Seal: Using dampened cheesecloth or paper towel, you then stretch it across your storage jar before you seal it with a tight lid.
- Humidifier: If you wrap a damp cotton ball in aluminum foil, you can poke holes in the foil to release the moisture in the cannabis jar. Other options include using the kind of commercially available humidifier pack used to keep cigars hydrated. And, some users put a moist paper towel or cotton in a tea infuser.
- Fresh Bud Bomb: You can achieve the same effect by adding a fresh bud to the stash. The new bud will share its moisture with the existing product. It will likely affect the taste and aroma of the dry herb, so it makes sense to add a bud from the same strain.
- Distilled Water: The distilling process removes minerals and chemicals from tap water or spring water. If you dampen a paper towel with distilled water, you can insert it in a mylar bag. After you poke holes in the mylar, you can insert it into your storage container beside your overly dry cannabis.
- Spray the Stuff: The idea is to rewet the cannabis to start over. Using a very fine sprayer, such as that used to moisten African violets or orchids, spray the product with distilled water. You certainly don’t want to soak the buds, or you will have another problem. But, you can spray them lightly and reseal.
There is another way!
You must learn to cure and dry in such a way that you don’t wind up with overdried cannabis in the first place. You can avoid the overdried problem by curing, drying, and storing correctly.
• First, harvest your cannabis by gently and carefully cutting off the individual buds. Removing the leaves, you leave the stem on even though it lengthens the drying time.
You can keep the trimmings for recipes, concentrates, and cannabutter. Either hang the buds from their stems in a drying room or lay them out on a drying rack or screen. And, you should rotate or turnover the buds as they dry to expose all sides to the drying air.
• Second, you should invest in some tools and containers that will last. Relying on low-cost baggies and Tupperware containers won’t do you any good in the long run.
You want to dry your cannabis slowly in a controlled environment. You want room temperature of 68°F – 70°F with 50% humidity. Drying too quickly will damage color, smell, and taste, and it risks over-drying the product, too.
If you want to retain the best qualities of your strain, you must not dry buds in an oven, toaster-oven, food dehydrator, or microwave. Such heat only agitates the product when slow drying properly ages the crop.
• Third, you must allow your supply to dry for 3 to 7 days. But, you must monitor it throughout the process.
If you leave the buds attached to their stems, drying will take longer, but the buds will draw and store moisture from the stems. Moreover, you can hang the product by the stem.
• Fourth, if the cannabis still feels damp or wet, it needs more processing. It may be dry at the edges but still wet in the middle. It may be a little spongey but not squishy.
You should separate moist buds from each other on a medium that will absorb their moisture, such as a paper towel or piece of cardboard. But, you don’t want to jar them until they have dried some more.
In any case, you should burp your jar at several times a day, shaking the buds around. If they are sticking together or leaking moisture, you must remove the “wet” ones for additional drying. Otherwise, you risk initiating and spreading mold.
• Fifth, you need a good place to dry your cannabis. Hanging cannabis remains the best option, but you need the room, temperature, and air circulation to make it work. And, you will have a big odor issue to protect or hide.
One it’s dry
When the buds have spent their time trying, you fill mason jars to three-quarters full. Sealing it tightly, you can shake it gently. If buds stick to the sides of the jar, they are still too moist. You then remove them for more drying.
For several days, you will repeat this process to weed out all the moist product until you have the product ready for use. It’s a bit of a dance and art to get it just right, but practice will make perfect.
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Is Your Stash Bone-Dry? Rehydrate Your Cannabis Buds!
Have you ever seen a bud crumble to a powder when rolling a joint? Learn how to rehydrate your weed stash in record time with our three simple methods.
One of the worst things that can happen to your weed stash is to let it go bone-dry. If that’s happened to you, don’t worry, your buds aren’t helpless! With a little know-how, it’s possible to rehydrate cannabis using a few simple techniques.
Some of them may even bring in new flavours, while others can quickly destroy your stash if done recklessly. Nevertheless, your pot will never be exactly as it was before, but you can help restore it to its (nearly) former glory.
THE BEST METHOD OF ALL – PREVENTION
The two most common reasons weed gets dry beyond its optimal point are overdrying after harvest and inadequate storage.
Cannabis dries from the outside in. The outer leaves may seem dry, but the inner bud and stems might still hold considerable amounts of water. Therefore, it is common for growers to judge dryness by using the stem-snapping trick.
When you cut down your weed to dry, soon after, the stems lose a lot of their rigidity and stiffness. If you handle a stem, it will bend without snapping. As such, the general rule of thumb is, when you can snap a bud’s stem clean in half, it is sufficiently dry. If the stem still bends, it needs more time. While this trick works great for the more experienced, it is by no means the most scientific method.
In moderate climates with average humidity, expect a slow and even drying period. In arid climates, however, it’s essential to keep a humidifier close by.
Humidity Control Pack
USE HUMIDITY CONTROL PACKS TO MAINTAIN PERFECT MOISTURE LEVELS
After a final trim, buds should be placed in an airtight container to cure. Unfortunately, weed will continue to exchange water with the surrounding air, so, unless you look after them, your prized buds will end up bone-dry. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to maintain the perfect environment for weed is with a moisture pack.
Not only do these nifty little packs work with harvests big and small, but the silicone gel inside takes over the job of exchanging moisture with the air around your buds. The result is a perfectly maintained relative humidity of 58–65%—the sweet spot for curing.
TOO LATE, MY WEED IS BONE DRY – WHAT TO DO NOW?
Fortunately, in the same way cannabis can release water into the air, it can also suck water molecules back into the bud.
The solution is relatively simple. All you need is an airtight container (again!), or something very close. In this remedial situation, being airtight is not essential to success. But after rehydration and for long-term storage, airtight containers are indeed necessary.
The general idea is to increase the relative humidity inside the container to create a microclimate. Water molecules will disperse from high concentration zones to lower concentration zones until it has evened out.
There are several ways to achieve this—some you can even do regardless of excessive dryness. All these methods are slight variations on one another (except for the super express methods described below), but they do have their nuances.
3 WAYS TO REHYDRATE YOUR WEED
BREAD SLICE, LETTUCE, OR DAMP PAPER TOWEL METHOD
This is a non-flavour-adding technique. Grab a slice of bread and moisten it (don’t soak it). Alternatively, lettuce leaves work great too. A damp paper towel can also be used, though beware of excessive water content.
Place it on top of the weed in a thick plastic or Ziploc bag, close it tight, and let it sit for an hour or two. When the time has elapsed, check your weed and move it around a little. Check the lettuce, bread, or towel for how much drier it is. This is a clear indication of the amount of water retained by the buds.
Depending on the size of your stash, you may need to repeat this a couple of times. The trick is to not rush it. For instance, do not excessively moisten the bread or leave the same lettuce leaf in there for too long. This could lead to the formation of mould, which could transfer onto the buds.
Inspect thoroughly, and when satisfied, move the weed to a proper airtight container for prolonged storage.
FRUIT PEEL METHOD
This trick adds a little fun factor and is great for experimentation. You can use several types of fruit peels and herbs to rehydrate your weed, in precisely the same way as described above. The difference is that there will also be a transference of taste and smell.
The most commonly used fruits are oranges and limes, as they are very useful in rehydrating your buds, but also lend their citrusy flavour to the weed. They should not be used for long-term storage and curing, as they could cause mould or bud rot. Daily close inspection is needed to avoid any sort of fungal outbreak. Simply substituting the peel every couple of days will ensure the added taste lingers.
Banana peels are also quite popular. Quicker in action too, but they also rot much quicker. Some people swear it makes the weed more potent, though there is no concrete evidence to support this. Apple peels do not transfer their taste quite as effectively, but they do release moisture slowly and consistently, which is great for even rehydration.
Regardless of your chosen fruit, the trick is to leave the peels with your buds for several hours. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a day until the buds are in good, smokable shape.
You can also add in things like mint, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, or any other fragrance-rich cooking herb. Not only will they work for rehydration, but they’ll also add a zing to your smoke.
HOT VAPOR METHOD
If you are in a hurry and cannot afford to wait that long, there is a way to speed up the procedure. But a big warning; you run the risk of cooking your weed or rendering it too soggy to smoke.
Grab a large pot, fill it with water, and bring to a boil. Once the water’s boiled, take the pot off the heat and place it on a safe surface. Next, cover the pot with a study cloth or piece of fabric, and secure it around the rim of the pot, making sure not to burn yourself (use oven mitts!).
Now, place your weed on top of the cloth, and let evaporation do the rest. The hot vapor will pass through the cloth and the buds, providing maximum hydration in record time.
Be sure to turn the buds regularly to distribute the vapor evenly. After 30 minutes to an hour, your buds should be ready to use!
Smoking overly dry weed is very harsh and unpleasant. Here are some simple tricks to rehydrate your buds in no time.