If your weed is blowing away like tumbleweeds, it might be time to read this guide.
Cannabis needs to maintain a certain amount of moisture to stay fresh as well as retain potency, flavor and aroma.
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.
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.
Inadequate storage is by far the most common cause of dry weed. It usually becomes dehydrated after excessive exposure to light and air.
That’s why it is so important to store your cannabis properly — in a dark place, at room temperature, sealed in an airtight glass jar. These conditions will also ensure that your weed is in the environment with an ideal relative humidity of 62%.
That being said, it’s important to note that excessive moisture can lead to mold, which is one thing you can’t fix. The weed that has fungus on it is good for trash can only, as it can be harmful to your respiratory system.
So you see, the ultimate trick is to prevent the damage. It all boils down to avoiding too much light, moisture, and air, while at the same time providing a moderate temperature.
Naturally, cannabis can be stored improperly even in a dispensary, or it might be over-dried right after the harvest.
How to Re-Hydrate Dry Cannabis Buds
Re-hydrating your cannabis is a delicate process that requires patience, but not much more. Here are a few methods that I’ve used and have gathered from cannabis aficionados around the web.
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.
Whether your cannabis came in a jar, Mylar bag, or a medicine bottle, this method will work about the same for each.
- Find a container with a lid that is large enough to fit your jar/bag/bottle of cannabis with a little room for your damp, folded paper towel.
- Wet a fresh paper towel with just enough distilled water to get it about 70% damp. Don’t get your paper towel too wet, because excess moisture can lead to mold.
- Place your open container of cannabis and your paper towel in your designated container and seal for 2-12 hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Put a pot filled with water on the stove and wait for it to boil. Next, place it somewhere safe and put a piece of damp cloth over it. Your dry weed should go on top of it all, where it can be moistened by vapor.
That’s it. 30 minutes will suffice, but I suggest inspecting the results after 10-15 minutes.