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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6 Easy Ways to Rehydrate Dry Cannabis
If the stuff didn’t cost so darn much, you wouldn’t care about dried out cannabis. Brown, brittle, and flakey, dehydrated cannabis seems worthless.
Dry is better than moldy wet. But, overdried kills aroma, flavor, and brain/body impact. You can over dry buds by curing them too long, storing them poorly, or letting them age forever.
But, you just might be able to rehydrate dry cannabis — if it is not too far gone.
6 Easy Ways to Rehydrate Dry Cannabis
If the cannabis has dried to a crumbling dry powder, you can forget it. Even mixing it with quality stuff will only contaminate the good with the bad. But, these tricks might work for you:
- Citrus Strips: Adding a strip of orange, lemon, or lime rind to your storage container allows the moisture in the rind leach into the cannabis. Others add pieces of bread, lettuce, kale, mint, or banana peel to work the same “magic.” It can add to or distract from the natural aroma or taste, so you should keep that in mind. And, you must remove the added organic matter the next day to avoid mold.
- Wet Seal: Using dampened cheesecloth or paper towel, you then stretch it across your storage jar before you seal it with a tight lid.
- Humidifier: If you wrap a damp cotton ball in aluminum foil, you can poke holes in the foil to release the moisture in the cannabis jar. Other options include using the kind of commercially available humidifier pack used to keep cigars hydrated. And, some users put a moist paper towel or cotton in a tea infuser.
- Fresh Bud Bomb: You can achieve the same effect by adding a fresh bud to the stash. The new bud will share its moisture with the existing product. It will likely affect the taste and aroma of the dry herb, so it makes sense to add a bud from the same strain.
- Distilled Water: The distilling process removes minerals and chemicals from tap water or spring water. If you dampen a paper towel with distilled water, you can insert it in a mylar bag. After you poke holes in the mylar, you can insert it into your storage container beside your overly dry cannabis.
- Spray the Stuff: The idea is to rewet the cannabis to start over. Using a very fine sprayer, such as that used to moisten African violets or orchids, spray the product with distilled water. You certainly don’t want to soak the buds, or you will have another problem. But, you can spray them lightly and reseal.
There is another way!
You must learn to cure and dry in such a way that you don’t wind up with overdried cannabis in the first place. You can avoid the overdried problem by curing, drying, and storing correctly.
• First, harvest your cannabis by gently and carefully cutting off the individual buds. Removing the leaves, you leave the stem on even though it lengthens the drying time.
You can keep the trimmings for recipes, concentrates, and cannabutter. Either hang the buds from their stems in a drying room or lay them out on a drying rack or screen. And, you should rotate or turnover the buds as they dry to expose all sides to the drying air.
• Second, you should invest in some tools and containers that will last. Relying on low-cost baggies and Tupperware containers won’t do you any good in the long run.
You want to dry your cannabis slowly in a controlled environment. You want room temperature of 68°F – 70°F with 50% humidity. Drying too quickly will damage color, smell, and taste, and it risks over-drying the product, too.
If you want to retain the best qualities of your strain, you must not dry buds in an oven, toaster-oven, food dehydrator, or microwave. Such heat only agitates the product when slow drying properly ages the crop.
• Third, you must allow your supply to dry for 3 to 7 days. But, you must monitor it throughout the process.
If you leave the buds attached to their stems, drying will take longer, but the buds will draw and store moisture from the stems. Moreover, you can hang the product by the stem.
• Fourth, if the cannabis still feels damp or wet, it needs more processing. It may be dry at the edges but still wet in the middle. It may be a little spongey but not squishy.
You should separate moist buds from each other on a medium that will absorb their moisture, such as a paper towel or piece of cardboard. But, you don’t want to jar them until they have dried some more.
In any case, you should burp your jar at several times a day, shaking the buds around. If they are sticking together or leaking moisture, you must remove the “wet” ones for additional drying. Otherwise, you risk initiating and spreading mold.
• Fifth, you need a good place to dry your cannabis. Hanging cannabis remains the best option, but you need the room, temperature, and air circulation to make it work. And, you will have a big odor issue to protect or hide.
One it’s dry
When the buds have spent their time trying, you fill mason jars to three-quarters full. Sealing it tightly, you can shake it gently. If buds stick to the sides of the jar, they are still too moist. You then remove them for more drying.
For several days, you will repeat this process to weed out all the moist product until you have the product ready for use. It’s a bit of a dance and art to get it just right, but practice will make perfect.
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