It usually takes between 5 to 10 days to dry out marijuana to the proper level. You know your marijuana is properly dried when small stems start to snap instead of bend. 7-10 it better, and it can take as long as 14 in certain conditions.
Someimes weed plants will dry in as little as 3 days in too dry or too hot conditions, but this will reduce the flavor and smell and produce lower quality buds then in a slower dry. Buds that are dried on the sticks rather than cut off usually dry longer because they pull moisture out of the stems, this is recommended to slow drying and having the buds still attached to the main branches also makes the buds easy to hang to dry. Keeping your buds on the stems is a great way to ensure a slower dry which will improve the quality. So if you are wondering if you should keep marijuana on the stems when drying, the answer is yes. Some growers will hang entire plants upside down to dry. This is great to increase drying time but can be a bit unmanageable on the trimming side. Dry trimming smaller branches is much easier than doing large whole plants. Some growers leave all of the sugar leaves and fan leaves on their plants when drying.
This slows out the drying process since the buds can pull moisture in from the stems. But it makes the buds very difficult to trim later. It’s much easier to trim freshly cut plants which have sugar leaves that stick straight out. When dried, these leaves curl in and this makes it more difficult to manicure weed. People make impassioned arguments for both wet or dry trims, so if you’re on the fence try a little each way on your next grow. If you under-dry your cannabis buds they may still feel dry on the edges when you jar them, but you will find that the moisture in the middle quickly pulls out towards the edges of the buds at the start of the curing process. If your weed is too moist, you need to open the jar and let the buds air out early in the curing process. Leave the cover off for a few hours for lightly damp buds. If your buds feel very damp or wet, you can take them out of the jar and place on a piece of cardboard until they are dry enough to return to the jar. Shake the jar gently each day when you burp it during curing to separate buds and keep wet spots from forming. Don’t shake too hard though, or you risk damaging the appearance of your buds and knocking trichomes off. It is important not leave marijuana too wet or you risk having the mold. Monitoring your weed several times daily during the first few days of curing is a great way to catch any issues with underdried weed quickly. If you live in a humid environment you may find the ambient humidity exceeds 70%, which will not allow your buds to dry when you open your jar. If it’s hot and humid, sometimes the dehumidifier will only add to the heat without effectively lowering the humidity. Air conditioners will solve this problem, as they lower humidity and temperature at once. Learn more about how to cure marijuana properly in order to deal with under-dried cannabis issues during the curing process. Boveda Humidipacks can help restore moisture to overdried weed. Boveda 58 and Boveda 62 Humidipacks are the most commonly used humidity percentages for drying marijuana. If your marijuana dried out too much during the weed drying process or you’re looking to add moisture to a bag that may have dried out on you, the best answer is to use Boveda 58 or 62 Humidipacks. Boveda packs will help hydrate bud that becomes crispy or crumbly, returning it to a proper range nearing 58% or 62% humidity which is ideal for curing and longer term storage. There is some debate among growers about which percentage is better to use. I used to use Boveda 62% Humidipacks but found the weed was too damp to stay lit without additional drying, so now I’m going with 58%.
They come in several sizes, and the 8 gram packs are perfect for half gallon mason jars. If you have a larger crop in a single container you can opt for the larger sizes. When I was younger people used to rehydrate dried marijuana to proper levels by adding orange peels to your jar.
The orange peels add a citrus smell and flavor to your buds in addition to making them more moist. But you’d need to carefully to monitor your jar as orange peels left for a few days will grow mold. The best place to dry your weed depends on several factors such as how much you’re willing to spend, how much room you have, and the conditions within your drying area. The best location for drying marijuana will have a temperature of around 65-70 degrees and a humidity of around 50%. Lower humidity levels can be boosted with a humidifier.