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.
Storing Cannabis: 5 Tips to Keep Weed Fresh
You’ve just gotten home from a trip to the dispensary with some beautiful cannabis. The weed is fresh, fragrant and potent, but how do you keep it that way? What’s the best way to extend the shelf life of marijuana and ensure that it doesn’t lose all of its lovely properties? In this article we’ll discuss what makes weed go bad, what to avoid when storing weed, and our tips for proper storage.
How to Make Weed Last Longer
Can weed go bad? Sadly, yes. While it will not poison you or cause a negative effect when consumed (unless there is mold involved), cannabis potency can decrease and its active compounds can break down. Additionally, if you don’t store your weed properly it can dry out and lose most of its smell and flavor.
The key elements to be aware of when considering how to protect your product are temperature, moisture and air. If the marijuana is exposed to too much oxygen the degradation process will accelerate. If your weed ends up stored in a spot that is hot, dark and moist, it is at risk for developing dangerous mold. Furthermore, when exposed to high temperatures the terpenes that provide delicious flavor and attractive aromas will evaporate and your buds will dry out.
What to Avoid When Storing Marijuana
The easiest way to make sure that your cannabis doesn’t go bad is to avoid some of the mistakes that are all too common when it comes to marijuana storage.
- Do not store your weed in plastic bags or any other type of plastic container. Plastic exposes the marijuana to the evils of air, light and temperature fluctuations. Depending on the plastic, BPA could also be introduced to the weed.
- Keep your weed away from light. Light is the primary factor in cannabis degradation because it causes the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to turn into cannabinol (CBN), a cannabinoid that is far less psychoactive than THC.
- Do not store your weed in the refrigerator or freezer. When frozen, the precious trichomes on your cannabis can actually fall off!
- Do not store your weed in aluminum foil or paper. These materials aren’t effective for keeping your bud fresh.
- Avoid tobacco humidors. Some types of wood used in cigar humidors readily transfer oils and odors meant for tobacco – not cannabis.
If marijuana has not been stored properly the buds will become crumbly and dry and smell like cardboard. Trust us, you don’t want that. What you want is a product that is full of cannabinoids, fragrant and sticky with resin!
The Best Way to Store Weed
Regardless of whether you are new to the world of weed or are a seasoned cannabis consumer, it is critical to know how to keep weed fresh and how to keep weed from drying out. The goal is to maintain the appearance and taste that led you to choose that lovely flower in the first place.
The easiest and most affordable way to keep cannabis fresh for weeks on end is to use an airtight jar that can be filled with your stash. A jar with a metal swing and latch design with a rubber gasket on top will create a vacuum seal to keep air out. Alternatively, reach for a Mason jar or a similar sealable glass jar that will keep anything from getting in or leaking out. Jars that are dark-colored or opaque will also keep harmful light out and keep your weed from reaching its expiration date.
A cannabis humidor is another option if you are willing to spend a little more cash to ensure the sanctity of your stash. These humidors are usually wooden (walnut or mahogany) boxes with internal jars. Depending on the model, different systems are used to monitor and maintain the perfect humidity. Humidors also provide a physically attractive option for storing marijuana. Some are quite beautiful and very well made. Prices range from around $100 to well over $500 for top of the line units.
Boveda Packs are another great choice for taking your weed storage to the next level. The packs are produced to deal with moisture storage issues in all sorts of scenarios (electronics, musical instruments, photographs) and work incredibly well as humidity packs for weed. Boveda Packs use water and salts to respond to humidity levels and either add or absorb moisture to maintain the ideal level of humidity that will keep you and your weed happy.
5 Tips for Proper Marijuana Storage
- Use an airtight glass jar.
- Place the jar in a dark area that does not experience dramatic temperature fluctuations. The ideal temperature for weed storage is around 65F. The temperature should never exceed 80F or drop below 40F.
- Keep weed jars away from appliances and other heat sources.
- As you consume your weed, switch to smaller jars that limit the amount of airspace between buds. Try to keep the weed jars packed as tightly as possible.
- Be gentle with your weed. Handling it roughly will accelerate the aging process and result in bad weed.
How long does weed stay good? If you’ve checked all the boxes and followed the instructions above, your weed will easily stay fresh and tasty for months to come.
How do you store your marijuana? What is your go-to system for keeping your cannabis safe and ready to consume? Let us know in the comments section below.
You’ve just gotten home from a trip to the dispensary with some beautiful cannabis. The weed is fresh, fragrant and potent, but how do you keep it that way? What’s the best way to extend the shelf life of marijuana and ensure that it doesn’t lose all of its lovely properties? In this article we’ll discuss what makes weed go bad, what to avoid when