Is Your Stash Bone-Dry? Rehydrate Your Cannabis Buds!
Have you ever seen a bud crumble to a powder when rolling a joint? It did not taste too well, did it? Learn how to rehydrate your weed stash in record time.
One of the worst things that can happen to your weed stash is to let it go bone-dry. Maybe you have had this experience before?
Last night, you inadvertently left your baggy out in the peak of summer. Today, you reach in for a bud, only to have it disintegrate into almost a powder in your hands. As you light up, you immediately notice the harsh sting in the back of your throat, with none of the pleasant tastes and aromas you’re used to.
Novice growers will tell you how uncertain they are when it comes to drying their crops. It is not uncommon to overdo it. Drying in the middle of winter is very different from mid-summer. Even if a bag of weed is at its perfect moisture level, if transported to a new, dryer climate, it can dehydrate at record speeds.
Luckily, this is not the most disastrous of situations. It is possible to rehydrate cannabis with a few simple techniques. Some of them may even bring new flavours, while others can simply destroy your stash if done recklessly. Nevertheless, your pot will never be exactly as it was before.
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THE BEST METHOD OF ALL – PREVENTION
The two most common reasons why 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, while 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 a plant is cut down 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, a slow and even drying period can be expected. In arid climates, however, a humidifier and frequent close-inspection of buds may be needed.
After a final trim, the buds should be placed in an airtight container to cure. If left in a paper or plastic bag, they will continue to exchange water with the surrounding air—eventually drying up altogether. By placing the weed in an airtight container, you will preserve its water content, as well as promote the best conditions for curing, which will enhance its taste, smell, and potency.
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.
BREAD SLICE, LETTUCE, 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 Ziplock 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 not to 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. 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. Close inspection is needed on a daily basis 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 an even rehydration.
Regardless of the fruit of choice, the trick is to leave the peels in there for a couple of hours and check. It can take from a few hours to a day until the buds are in good, smokeable 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 will also add a zing to your palate.
THE SUPER HYDRATION EXPRESS
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 it is in full boil, take 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 vapour will pass through the cloth and the buds, providing maximum hydration in record time.
Be sure to turn the buds regularly to evenly distribute the vapour. 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.
How To Save Your Over-Dry Marijuana
You may have experienced some of your cannabis buds dry up and lose their flavour. Fortunately, there are do-it-yourself hacks that can help bring back freshness and moisture to your stash.
Especially for those who buy cannabis in bulk, it is inevitable to encounter buds that are too dried up. In most cases, this is for one of three reasons: your source supplied you with some over-dried herbs, the herbs came from a place with an especially dry climate, or your stash has been sitting on the shelf for too long.
Some individuals wrongly assume that dry weed is no longer good. However, the high is often still the same; although, it is always preferable that your buds are somewhat fresh and sticky. The good thing is that there are ways to re-moisten your dried-up stash, and these can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Below are some tips to add moisture to your marijuana, to keep your buds feeling fresh and good as new.
Orange peels are actually the most common method of re-moistening cannabis buds. And this is probably because it is the easiest and most practical method. All you will need is either a Tupperware or glass container, some orange peels, and of course, your dried-up stash.
Simply add an orange peel into the Tupperware or glass container with your stash in it. The size of the peel will be dependent on the amount of weed you have. Keep the peel in the closed container for a few hours before taking it out.
The main setback for dried-up cannabis stash is that it tends to lose its flavour. Luckily, the orange peel should help remedy this problem. However, leaving the peel inside the container for too long could moisten the buds up too much, causing mould to form. So, it is important to keep a watchful eye on this process and not let it linger too long.
There are other items in your fridge or pantry that can be used to moisten up your dry herbs. These include white bread, lettuce, and apples.
For the first item, simply take one slice of white bread and put it in a container along with your herbs that need freshening up. Leave it there overnight. Like the orange peel, the idea is that the bread will help bring back moisture to the buds.
The same rule applies when you use iceberg lettuce, providing your stash with some much-needed moisture. To achieve this, place some paper towels over the lettuce to keep the buds from sticking, then place it all in the container.
When it comes to using fruits as a means of moistening your buds, a slice of apple is more preferred over the orange peel. It does get the job done the same, but the apple does not have the same aromatic oils that a citrus fruit like an orange has. Compared to the bread, it is also the more sought after option, since it doesn’t have the same yeast component that can propagate the growth of mould.
Sheets Of Paper Towel
If by some chance your pantry or fridge is out of fruits and greens, and you have no white bread lying around, you can make use of damp sheets of paper towel. This could also be the simplest hack on this list, by far.
To do this, take your dried-out herb and place it in a glass jar, then lay it on its side. Then, take a small piece of damp paper towel and place it over the top of the jar. Put the lid on the jar, and leave it for a few hours. Just make sure that the towel is not actually touching the bud. You can also do this by adding plastic bags containing damp paper towels to the jar. Simple poke holes in the bag to allow for optimal moisture retention.
The herbs are expected to regain some life after the procedure since the moisture in the towel is transferred into them. Popularly referred to as “moisture bombs,” this procedure works best for large quantities.
Freshly Picked Marijuana Buds
What better way to freshen-up some dried cannabis by adding freshly picked ones? Taking your fresh herb and mixing it up with your old, dried-up stash will help spread out the moisture content and ultimately create a “new” batch. And depending on what strain your fresh batch is, it can also add to the flavour of your old stash.
Wet Cotton Ball
Just like how it works with the damp paper towel, wet cotton balls can also help bring out the freshness from your dried-up weed. And like the aforementioned example, this one is as simple and elementary as it gets.
To begin this procedure, take a wet cotton ball and place it in some tin foil with poked holes. Then, place it in the jar containing your dried up stash and let it sit for a few hours. Upon taking the cotton and foil out, you should see your bud as moist and fresh as if it had just been harvested yesterday.
These are just some simple tips to moisten-up your cannabis buds. The best thing about these hacks is that they are simple and home-friendly. So what are you waiting for? Don’t settle for dried-up bud anymore. Go ahead and give these time-tested tips a try.
Written by: Steven Voser
Steven Voser is an Emmy Award Nominated freelance journalist with a lot of experience under his belt. Thanks to a passion for all things cannabis, he now dedicates a lot of his times exploring the world of weed.