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.
adding fluff to your ganja?
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I compress some of my skunk as tight as possible. I can crumble it easy with my hands. I think that the weed tastes sweeter and as its compressed u can fit more weight and weed in ur blunt or joint.
I find it tastes sweeter and u get a heavier high as ur smoking more herb than u could usually fit in a blunt.
I can see why some sellers would want to fluff their weed as it will make it look like twice the amount. And people want fluffy weed. Me i would just roll that shit up and light it.
An O of some good shit usually goes for around 350$, no less. the rest always seem to fluctuate around 300$ give or take.
Every once in a while some fire mids come through, but never stick around.
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putting that shit in a microwave might make it lose some potency. When the bud gets hot in there it will vaporize some of the thc cristals (just like a weed vaporizer). Then again if you didnt see it giving some light smoke when it was cooking, ur probably on to something.
“Sucking on my titties like you wanted me Calling me, all the time like Blondie Check out my chrissy behind It’s fine. ”
What makes that retarded? Thanks for the elaboration, you must be a huge asset to this forum.
I do use a coffee grinder, something i wish I’ve used since I first started smoking, but I see no harm in trying to improve the aesthetics of it.
edit: when i say sack, I’m not talking about just a few grams(yes that would be retarded to go through the hassle of expanding that), much more than that. Unfortunately around these parts kids seem to care about more how the bud looks rather than how well it smokes.
do you know that no matter how compressed it is, its still the same quantity? wetting it and cooking it, even just for a few seconds is probably (more than likely) boiling off some thc and turning it directly to steam. so unless u like getting ur microwave high, and wasting some of the dro’s potential, just keep it dry and grind that shit in a space case, preferably with a kief catcher. but if u like what u do to it, then continue on, u r the one who asked for our opinion tho.
Also, if you are doing it in order to get rid of it, then i feel sorry for the ignorant buyers/friends around you. Some of the best shit i’ve ever smoked came in SOLID bricks, so more fits in a smaller space u just have to chop it up!
I find that if you want a smooth hit it needs to have a little moisture. I did find out the hard way that re-moistening the whole bag leads to mold (I could smell it but I never saw it).
Here is what I do. Grab a tupperware with a lid and if you dont have a grinder grab something that is cup shaped that you can easily fit inside of the tupperware (coffee cups, smaller tupperware, you can use anything as long as it seperates the herb from the wet towel).
I grind the bud that I am going to smoke in my grinder, unscrew the bottom of the grinder, grab a 1/4 of a paper towel and moisten it (make sure it is not soaking wet – squeeze all excess water out) with the hottest tap water you can get (dont burn yourself), and put that in the bottom of the tupperware, put the grinder bottom / cup on top of the paper towel and put lid on the tupperware.
Now get your pipe out – fill your bong – make yourself a drink – get comfortable – just give it a few minutes to do the work 10 minutes at the most. When you are ready to smoke open the container the herb should not be wet but when you pinch it you will notice that it is not dry.
Not only will it burn more smoothly and evenly, but your hits will be a LOT smoother than with dry bud and you get rid of the “dry weed headache.”
Try it before you knock it – do a side by side – one bowl with dry bud and one bowl with my method to see what works better. I never smoke dry bud.
This will also help J’s / blunts burn a LOT better.I'm up in tampa ]]>