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 rehydrate weed
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- How to store weed
- Why would you want to rehydrate weed?
- How to rehydrate weed
- Bottom line
Any cannabis flower you consume should have a certain level of moisture for an optimal experience. Moisture affects potency, flavor, aroma, and the health of a bud. If cannabis is too moist, it may develop mold and harm your smoke. If cannabis is too dry, it will burn up and possibly degrade too quickly. The ideal moisture content will prevent these potential problems and help give your cannabis the flavor, feel, and effects that you want. If you end up with some dry weed on your hands, there are a variety of tried-and-true methods you can use to rehydrate.
How to store weed
When it comes to keeping flower properly hydrated, the optimal method is always prevention. Proper storage that keeps flower fresh is the best way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your weed. Never store your bud out in the open or on a tray. Improper storage will expose your weed to an excess of oxygen and light, the two most immediate culprits of cannabis degradation. Keeping weed fresh and potent requires a delicate balance of environmental conditions.
Though clear containers and plastic bags are common forms of packing, the best way to store weed is to keep it in an opaque, airtight container in a cool, dry place without direct sunlight. Storing in an opaque container helps to ensure optimal moisture content because it keeps light out.
Storing in an opaque container helps to ensure optimal moisture content because it keeps light out. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Ideally, you should store your weed just below room temperature. Some light and air will inevitably get into your weed containers when they are opened, so be sure to keep them closed when not in use. Properly storing your weed ahead of time is the best way to prevent dehydration and extend shelf life.
Why would you want to rehydrate weed?
Even those with limited cannabis experience have likely smoked some dry weed before. Depending on the severity of the dry bud you smoked, you may not have ever considered rehydrating it, or known it was an option. Weed will inevitably degrade over time andmay dehydrate too quickly, leaving you with a subpar end-product.
In most legal markets, weed isn’t cheap. No one wants to throw their money away, especially if they’ve invested it in top-shelf cannabis. Fortunately, most methods of rehydrating weed aren’t labor-intensive, and many are effective.
There’s no escaping dehydration of your bud in the long run, but if the weed comes to you dry, or dries out before you have a chance to smoke it, rehydrating is well worth your time.
How to rehydrate weed
Weed’s relationship with moisture is complicated. All cultivators dry and cure their cannabis. The goal of drying and curing is not to completely remove moisture from the bud, but to let it slowly dissipate without altering cannabinoid and terpene content.
The ideal moisture content for cannabis flower tends to fall between 6 and 9%. A humidity level above 65% will likely result in mold development on the bud. The drying process is intended to decrease moisture content to less than 15%, while curing takes the bud down to 9% or lower.
The process of drying, curing, and maintaining the optimal moisture of cannabis is a delicate, complicated process. If you find that the weed you’ve purchased, grown, or stored is dry and brittle, there are a variety of ways to resurrect your dry buds.
Here are some of the most common methods of rehydrating weed.
Lettuce comprises up to 95% water, which makes it a great candidate for rehydrating your weed. Similar to using a citrus peel, leaving a small cut of lettuce peel in a bag with your dry buds for 2-3 hours can rehydrate them without transferring any taste or smell.
Fresh weed mixed with dry weed
If you happen to have some fresh, sufficiently moist bud on hand, you can try putting it in the same jar as your dry bud. This method may not be as reliable as others, and you may want to keep your different strains separate, but it’s a quick and easy way to make all your bud fresh without having to use any extra materials.
Damp q-tip, paper towel, cotton ball, or small sponge
Another method of rehydrating without transferring scent and aroma from other plants or foods is to place a damp q-tip, cotton ball, piece of paper towel, or small sponge in a container with your dry bud. If you use a q-tip, try and place it above your nugs without touching them. The point is to absorb minimal moisture from the q-tip, towel, or sponge to get the optimal amount for your weed.
If all else fails, buy disposable humidity control packs to place in your weed jars. Some control packs are specifically designed to preserve optimal humidity for cannabis.
Using a citrus peel is arguably the most popular DIY method of rehydrating weed. All you have to do is cut the outer layer of an orange, lemon, or other citrus peel and place it in your nug jar, tightly sealed of course. Citrus peels are naturally moist but will likely transfer some of their flavor and aroma to your bud. Since weed shares many of the same terpenes as citrus fruits, the added taste and smell may enhance your experience while rehydrating the marijuana.
What you’ll need:
- Dry cannabis
- Resealable jar
- Orange or lemon
- Sharp knife or peeler
First, assemble what you’ll need to rehydrate your weed. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 1: Place dry cannabis in a resealable jar
Place dry cannabis in a resealable jar. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Carefully peel the outer skin of a citrus fruit
Carefully peel the outer skin of a citrus fruit. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 3: Put a piece of peel in with the cannabis
Put a piece of peel in with the cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 4: “Burp” jar once or twice over the next day
“Burp” jar once or twice over the next day. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 5: Enjoy rehydrated weed within 24 hours
Enjoy rehydrated weed within 24 hours. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Moisture is essential for experiencing the best cannabis flavor and aroma, and rehydrating weed can be achieved with a few DIY solutions from ingredients in your kitchen.
Don’t over hydrate your weed
Rehydrating your weed isn’t labor-intensive, but it is something of a delicate dance. The goal of rehydrating is to get your bud back to the state of balance of moisture content that comes from a well-executed drying and curing process. As you rehydrate your weed, check on it rigorously to make sure you aren’t infusing it with too much moisture and risking mold growth.
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