How To Rehydrate Your Weed
If your weed is blowing away like tumbleweeds, it might be time to read this guide
by Jen Keehn – March 15, 2019
Cannabis can become dried out for several reasons. Marijuana that was grown in a wet climate and then transported somewhere dry can dry up your buds quickly. Not storing your weed in an airtight container can also turn in crumbly (aka stop storing your weed in Ziploc baggies because that will make them dry out faster.) Glass containers with airtight lids are the way to go if you want to keep your weed fresh . No one wants to smoke dried out weed that turns to dust. If this is something that’s happened to you, there are plenty of ways to rehydrate your weed and return it to quality status stat.
Common Ways to Rehydrate Your Weed
Perhaps the most popular method of rehydrating weed is the old orange peel method. People have been using it for years to bring life back to their pot. Adding an orange peel to your weed jar can work like magic to rehydrate your weed
To tap into this little trick, simply take a sharp knife and cut the outer layer of an orange peel. The size you cut off should be determined by the amount of weed you want to rehydrate. Place the peel in the jar and seal the lid tightly. Leave it for a few hours, making sure to check on your bud frequently, and remove it when bud feels moist. You want to make sure not to leave the peels for too long. Too much moisture will lead to mold.
If you don’t have an orange peel, you can also use the skin from a lemon or lime. A small piece of apple will also work well and won’t add extra flavor like citrus fruits tend to do.
Lettuce is full of moisture. Did you know that iceberg lettuce is 96 percent water? This makes it an excellent option for rehydrating your weed. Using lettuce is very similar to using orange peels.
To use this method to rehydrate your weed simply cut a slice of lettuce off the head and place in a bag with your dried-out cannabis buds. Again, the amount of lettuce you use will depend on how much weed you have.
Leave the lettuce in with your dry bud for 2-3 hours. This should be plenty of time for the water in the lettuce to rehydrate your weed and return it back to its original glory. Lettuce is a good option for those who don’t want the residual taste that citrus fruit peels can add to buds.
Fresh Cannabis Flowers
If you’re a grower and have fresh cannabis buds, they can be amazing for bringing your dried-out stash back to life. If you’ve ever harvested, you know how damp cannabis flowers are when they’re picked from the stem.
Try placing a freshly cut cannabis flower in with your dry weed and seal the lid tightly. This has proven to work well for others in the past. Check on your weed regularly to see how the rehydration process is going, and when it feels moist again simply remove the fresh marijuana bud.
A Slice of Bread
For this method, simply place your cannabis in a large plastic bag with one slice of bread. You can leave it overnight, which should be sufficient time to rehydrate dried-out weed. You don’t want to leave the bread in the bag too long however because just like with citrus peels, too much moisture can lead to mold.
Wet Paper Towel Moisture Packs
This is a method that can be good for people to rehydrate large quantities of cannabis. To try this rehydration hack, take sheets of paper towel and soak them in water. Next, put the wet paper towels in a plastic baggie, seal it, and poke small holes in the bag. Then add this wet paper towel moisture pack to your container of weed.
Be Careful Of Mold
Your stash should moisten up quickly and is excellent for those who have a lot of weed that happened to dry out. Again, as with other methods, make sure to check on your weed periodically to make sure it’s not getting too much moisture.
While these aren’t all the methods available to rehydrate your weed, they are undoubtedly some of the best. Your dried-out cannabis can come back to life. The biggest thing you want to watch is the mold factor. When you’re rehydrating your weed with any method, make sure to check on it periodically so you don’t end up ruining your stash.
There are literally dozens of ways to get rid of dry buds and rehydrate your weed. Some people swear by a couple of wet cotton balls, while others stay true to the orange peel method. It’s all about finding what works best for you. Everyone has a method they prefer. Some people, for example, steer clear of orange peels because they don’t want their bud to pick up a citrusy scent or flavor. Others love this aspect of using citrus fruit for rehydrating weed.
You can use any of the above methods to successfully rehydrate your weed. Just remember not to add too much moisture.
Do you have a preferred method of bringing your dried-out stash back to life? We’d love to hear about how you rehydrate your weed in the comments below.
No one wants to smoke dried out weed that turns to dust. If this is something that’s happened to you, there are plenty of ways to rehydrate your weed and return it to quality status stat.
How To Rehydrate Weed: 6 Easy Hacks
Just found a baggie of bone-dry marijuana in the back of your closet or under a cushion on your couch? Don’t throw it away. Learn how to rehydrate weed to bring those buds back from the dead.
First off, avoid smoking dry, crumbly-to-the-touch marijuana. It’s harsh on your throat and lungs. It tastes terrible. It’s difficult — if not impossible — to roll into joints and blunts. It burns fast and unevenly. And it doesn’t cause a decent high.
In fact, overdried cannabis might not cause any high at all. Major bummer! But fret not, dear cannabis compadre. There is hope.
In this article, the ganja experts at Honest Marijuana give you simple DIY tips on how to rehydrate weed and get the most out of crumbly bits at the bottom of your stash.
Why You Need To Know How To Rehydrate Weed
It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with high-quality beasters, run-of-the-mill mids, or bottom-of-the-barrel regs, weed will dry out eventually. That’s just how nature works.
But, all too often, something you do — or something someone else did — will accelerate that process and make your buds dry out faster than normal.
That’s why it’s vital to know how to rehydrate weed: it will help you preserve a large portion of your stash and give you a better chance of using it all up.
Here are the main variables that make knowing how to rehydrate weed an essential skill for every cannaenthusiast.
Overdried To Begin With
The drying and curing process is as much art as it is science. Knowing when to move from one stage to the next is tricky business.
If, after harvest, the grower dries the plant matter too much before curing, the buds have a tendency to become crumbly and harsh much faster.
And, unfortunately, there’s no way you can tell what’s going on inside the cannabis just by looking at it.
Drying marijuana removes moisture from the inside out. So you may purchase the most beautiful, gooey, trichome-rich flower you can find, but if it’s overdried, the bud doesn’t have enough moisture left inside to maintain that appearance for long.
If you don’t consume it quick enough, it will dry out.
One of the worst things you can do to your marijuana is store it poorly. Keeping your buds in the wrong container allows water within the plant matter to “seep out” into the surrounding air.
Eventually, the once-healthy cannabis will dry out altogether and turn into the crumbly, harsh, foul-tasting powder that won’t get you anywhere near high.
To extend the shelf life of your cannabis — and to preserve the water content within the plant — store it in an airtight container away from direct sunlight.
A mason jar with a lid or a Tupperware container is ideal for this job. Avoid storing your ganja in a plastic bag.
Too Much Decarboxylation
If you’re smoking weed, decarboxylation occurs instantaneously when you apply an open flame to the plant matter.
But if you want to cook some edibles or whip up a concentrate, you need to “activate” the THC and CBD by decarboxylating at low temperatures (usually in an oven) so you don’t completely destroy the weed.
The problem is you can over-decarboxylate your cannabis if you leave it under heat too long or if you apply too much heat to it too quickly.
Should this happen, it’s great to know how to rehydrate weed so you can rescue and recover your stash from the brink of destruction.
The Theory Behind Rehydrating Weed
The theory behind rehydrating weed comes down to relative humidity. When you place a dry object and a “wet” object in a sealed container, you create a microclimate.
Within that microclimate — and because of the way molecules behave (Science, y’all!) — water moves from high concentration zones to low concentration zones until the system evens out.
So, for example, if you put a dry object with zero molecules of moisture in a sealed container next to an object with four molecules of moisture, the dry object will “steal” two molecules of moisture from the wet object.
Keep in mind that this is an extremely over-simplified explanation, but it gives you a basic idea of the science behind rehydrating your weed.
Before we get to the actual methods of rehydration, there is one variable you should always take into account: water type.
Always Use Distilled Water
Distilled water is water (duh!) that has evaporated, condensed, and passed through a filter. The process of distillation removes impurities, minerals, and chemicals that destroy your weed.
That’s why it’s crucial to always use distilled water when rehydrating your weed regardless of the method you choose.
With that in mind, let’s get to the meat — or moisture — of this article.
DIY Hacks For How To Rehydrate Weed
1) Moist Bread
One of the simplest ways to rehydrate weed is to moisten — don’t soak — a piece of bread.
Place the bread and the dry weed in an airtight container for an hour or two to allow the moisture to distribute itself. Check the bread and repeat the whole process if necessary.
When your marijuana is sufficiently rehydrated, remove the bread, reseal the lid, and store it in a cool, dark place (e.g., a cabinet or closet) away from direct sunlight.
2) Fruit Peel
Another great way to rehydrate your worn-out cannabis buds is to place them in an airtight container with your choice of fruit peel.
Lemon and lime are the two most common, but other choices include:
Using fruit to rehydrate your marijuana has the added benefit of introducing new flavors into the mix — via the transfer of terpenes and essential oils — that might not have been there before.
If you’re not too keen on fruit flavors, try fresh herbs like mint, cilantro, rose, rosemary, or thyme.
Any fresh plant matter sealed in an airtight container will transfer its moisture to the dry marijuana, rehydrate said weed, and add a zing of flavor in the process.
4) Terra Cotta Disc
Cooks use terra cotta discs to keep their brown sugar moist and pliable. You can use the same concept to rehydrate your weed.
Soak a terra cotta disc — available pretty much everywhere — in warm water for 30 minutes. Place the moist disc in an airtight container along with your dry marijuana and watch the magic happen.
5) DIY Rehydration Chamber
Here’s a simple way to create your own rehydration chamber.
- Boil water in a pot.
- Spread dry ganja evenly on a cookie sheet.
- Place the cookie sheet on the top shelf in your oven (oven OFF).
- Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom shelf in your oven.
- Close the oven door.
- Check every 15 minutes.
With this method, the steam from the boiling water rises to the top of the oven, cools, and falls onto the dry buds (Science, y’all!).
6) Humidity Control Pack
The ideal humidity (water content of the air) for marijuana is 55 to 62 percent.
You can maintain or restore this relative humidity — and rehydrate your weed in the process — by purchasing and using a self-regulating, disposable humidity control pack.
The exterior of the pack allows the moisture within to flow slowly out into the air around it. The dry weed absorbs that moisture and rehydrates.
Watch Out For Mold
Introducing moisture back into your dehydrated weed with one of the methods above is a great way to revive “expired” marijuana.
But it does come with some complications. Chief amongst those complications is that, while rehydrating does reinvigorate your weed, it also increases the chance that mold will form.
And you don’t want that.
Moldy weed can even cause some rather serious health problems, so it’s important to inspect your rehydrated marijuana before you smoke it.
The two most common types of marijuana mold are:
- Botrytis cinerea (a.k.a. bud rot)
Bud rot is the least dangerous of the two, although it can still cause serious health problems, like lung damage.
Inhaling aspergillus, on the other hand, can cause infection, aspergilloma (ranging from cough to severe fatigue to bleeding airway), and even invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, which can be fatal if not treated properly.
Avoid both of these molds at all costs.
For more information on keeping your weed mold-free, check out this helpful article: The 5 Best Ways To Check For Moldy Weed, Plus How To Avoid It.
Avoid The Need To Rehydrate
You can avoid the need to rehydrate by purchasing your marijuana from the best sources possible.
Honest Marijuana, for example, has perfected the drying and curing process and packages and seals their marijuana flowers in airtight, light-proof, humidity-proof canisters that keep the buds at just the right conditions to prevent them from overdrying too quickly.
So, as long as you don’t leave your cannabis uncovered in the sun for days at a time, you can rest assured that you’ll have the freshest, moistest (yes, moistest), most delicious ganja on the planet.
Just found a baggie of bone-dry marijuana in the back of your closet? Don’t throw it away. Learn how to rehydrate weed to bring those buds back from the dead.