How To Dry Cannabis Quickly
You want the truth about quick drying cannabis? We think you can handle it. So in this blog, we’ve compiled the best methods to get you a fast stash post-harvest. We can’t promise perfection but these methods will put a rush on the drying process and give you a decent bud to toke on.
OK, so you have cannabis plants close to harvest and insufficient marijuana reserves to see you through the typical 30+ day period between harvest and cured finished product. Perhaps you don’t even have a stash to make it through the average 1–2 weeks it takes to dry buds conventionally? Or perhaps you are just curious whether or not your flowers are ready to harvest? Regardless of your personal motivations, you have plenty of options when it comes to quickly drying cannabis. The problem is, the most popularised quick-dry methods will degrade buds so much in the process, they are hardly worth the effort.
Our readers deserve better. Not only will we break down simple ways to speed-dry Sinsemilla without ruining your reefer. We have also included a sticky surprise in the text for those cannabis concentrate lovers seeking more flavoursome extracts using the fresh non-dried material.
BROWN BAGS AND COMPUTER FANS
Simple brown paper bags, like the kind you get from the bakery, are perfect for drying buds. Especially popcorn buds. If you place a handful or two of freshly manicured smaller nuggets into a paper bag and leave them to dry for 2–3 days your halfway there. Ideally, you should leave them another 3 days to dry completely. But if you’re in a hurry, proceed to the next step.
Next, turn on your laptop and figure out where the fan is. Modern laptops all have fans expelling warm air to keep the internal workings of the device cool. Place the small half-dry nuggets on a paper towel on the keyboard. Or on a paper towel directly in front of the fan vents, if you have a model that vents a different way. Turn buds over every 10 minutes or so, until they feel dry to the touch. This may take an hour or longer, but the buds will still pack a punch. Don’t expect a full bouquet of aromas or mouth-watering flavour, rather an acceptable if a little harsh tasting smoke.
CONVERT THE BOILER ROOM INTO A DRYING BOX
Most private homes have a boiler room. The water boiler inside keeps the boiler room temperature pretty cosy and relative humidity is minimal. This is a great place to quick-dry cannabis. It’s best to place all small buds in brown bags, but you can use string to hang bigger buds as you usually would when drying. The big difference is that you are going to turn up the heat by switching on the hot water heater. You can completely dry huge harvests in 3 days if you leave the hot water on for most of that time. That’s sure to spike the utility bills. With normal use, expect the small buds to be dry enough to smoke in just 3–4 days, with thicker hanging colas requiring 6–7 days. This method has a lower impact on quality than most, but the buds still won’t taste fantastic.
ALTERNATIVE: GO LIVE
The dabbing trend of 2018 is live resin concentrates. Even the most potent extracts like wax and shatter have some room for improvement. Using fresh frozen flowers rather than carefully dried and cured buds is the breakthrough US extract artists have made to produce gourmet concentrates with far more terpenes. Something is definitely lost in transition with the standard BHO extraction methods. Live resin boasts the same skyhigh potency with a vastly improved flavour profile. Unfortunately, this is probably out of reach to the average ordinary home grower. The cannabis must be kept at subcritical temperatures for the entire extraction process and you really need lab conditions and equipment to accomplish this. Nonetheless it’s a top-shelf treat coming to all good cannabis clubs, coffee shops, and dispensaries in 2018. Be on the lookout for names like “sauce”, “sap”, and “syrup” popping up on the menu.
Outdoor ganja farmers have dried marijuana placed on rocks in direct sunlight for thousands of years. It’s certainly not the most efficient method to dry cannabis, but it works. Both heat and sunlight will degrade quality. However, if you want to dry small buds fast and it’s hot and sunny outside, you could do worse than tossing a handful of popcorn buds in a brown bag and sun-drying them. Best use a rock to weigh down the bag of buds in direct sunlight, you don’t want a gust of wind swiping your weed. Then you play the waiting game. After a day or two of warm dry sunny weather, you should have some crispy buds to toke on. Again flavour and potency will have deteriorated, so you are not getting the most from your marijuana with this method.
Baking buds in the oven is a horrible idea. Just don’t do it. It really is a waste of weed. Oven temperatures are far, far, far too hot for cannabis. Even on a low setting—still too hot. Sure the buds will dry out in minutes, but you’ll also have cooked off most of the cannabinoids. These buds will taste like burnt plant material and won’t get you high.
Microwave marijuana is another guaranteed disappointment. Nuking buds with 10-second blasts in the microwave is a disastrous way to dry weed. These methods likely origins are “the big book of bad ideas” and are to be avoided.
We all know that you really ought to slowly dry and cure marijuana. Sometimes you need to test for potency or just need a stash. Let’s talk quick drying weed.
Quick and Easy Decarboxylation Methods
So you’ve probably heard the word “decarboxylation” being thrown around a lot lately, but what does it mean exactly?
Decarboxylation is the step before the infusion step where it is turned into a cannabis-infused butter or oil. It is highly recommended that you decarboxylate marijuana before you consume it through food. This process releases the molecule A from THC-A to become THC which makes it psychoactive. When you roll one up and smoke it, the heat from the flame causes decarboxylation. But when it comes to cooking and baking, it becomes a whole other process. Have no fear, it’s actually quite simple using the methods in this article.
For a more in-depth explanation of the decarbing process and a quick cannabutter recipe, check out my previous article: https://myedibleschef.com/the-weed-decarboxylation-process/
The microwave method
Place your bud, whole or ground, in a microwave safe bowl & cover it with a turkey roasting bag. Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, repeat 3 times. This method holds in all the flavors and aromas for a far superior flavor and also to prevent your house from smelling like a grow-op! The microwave is also the only oven that does not “brown” so it’s almost impossible to scorch your bud.
Sous vide your weed
That’s right, you can put your ground weed in a vacuum-sealed bag. Place it in a 212°F/100°C water bath for about 1 hour and voilà! All the decarbing action with zero mess or smell. This method is very convenient since you can use a timer to set and forget it.
You can also use the sous vide method to infuse your weed with fats or alcohol.
Kill two birds and get stoned with this all-in-one method. Lay out some graham crackers, split them in half, spread some nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, chocolate hazelnut, etc.) onto one half, then sprinkle the desired amount of ground up weed onto the nut butter. Sandwich with the second half of the graham cracker, individually wrap them in tin foil and bake them in a 325°F/160°C oven for 25-30 minutes. These will be the easiest edible you ever make!
Experimentation is everything, there are many ways to decarb but these are just some of the quick, easy and less fuss methods. Every new batch of the bud is going to be slightly different. Some may be drier or some may be more moist and sticky. Use your discretion during the process of decarboxylation, and always remember, practice makes perfect. Happy Decarbing!
Quick and Easy Decarboxylation Methods So you’ve probably heard the word “decarboxylation” being thrown around a lot lately, but what does it mean exactly? Decarboxylation is the step before