What to Do if Your Weed Gets Wet
We’re all human. Mistakes happen. Anyone who smokes frequently eventually loses their weed, accidentally throws it away, or even spills a drink all over their stash. The “my weed got wet” moment isn’t a fun one. If you’re reading this now for that very reason, you’re probably asking a few questions. Can you still smoke weed if it gets wet? What happens when weed gets wet? What the best way to dry wet weed? Fortunately for you, we know a few methods for safely drying it out. These tricks won’t work every time, but it’s worth a shot, right?
The Problem With Wet Weed
You might be tempted to just ignore the fact that your weed is wet – we suggest not doing this. First off, over time, wet weed will develop mold. Moldy weed is dangerous to your health, so you should do everything you can to prevent its development. Additionally, wet marijuana is almost impossible to grind; and even if it was already ground before it got wet, it’s incredibly difficult to burn. Finally, even if you do manage to somehow get it to burn, it’ll taste awful. Damp, acrid weed with excess water vapor due to moisture is a very unpleasant experience. Trust us.
There are three specific occurrences that, unfortunately, make it unsafe to smoke your bud. Regardless of whether you dry it out successfully, weed is no longer safe to smoke if it’s been run through the washing machine or dropped in a pool or the ocean. Marijuana that’s been contaminated by sea salt or chemicals like chlorine and detergent aren’t safe to smoke.
How to Dry Your Wet Weed
The Paper Method
If you’re wondering how to dry wet weed, there are two primary options: the paper method and the rice method. The paper method is the fastest way to dry weed. Just follow these steps:
- Break up your nugs into smaller pieces
- Tightly wrap your wet marijuana in thick paper towels
- Place your wrapped weed in a dry, dark area
- Turn on a nearby fan or dehumidifier (not necessary, but helps prevent mold)
- Change the paper every few hours until your weed is dry
One downside to this method is a higher potential for mold. Because it’ll be in direct contact with the paper that’s absorbing water, there’s a chance that moisture will build and mold will grow. Make sure to keep an eye out for this if you choose the paper method.
The Rice Method
This method takes a little more time, but mold is much less likely to grow in the process. The rice method works for weed the same way it does for wet electronics. Follow these steps:
- Place your weed in a container of rice (mason jars are ideal)
- Put your uncovered container of rice in a dry, dark area
- Turn on a nearby fan or dehumidifier (not necessary, but helps prevent mold)
- Leave the marijuana in rice for 24 hours
- If there’s any leftover moisture, break up your weed nugs and commence with the paper method
The biggest downside to this method is that your bud will likely be covered in residual rice flower and have a faint rice smell (however, this is part of what makes it work so effectively).
What Not To Do
If you’re wondering how to dry weed as fast as possible, please refer to one of the two methods above. Other, quicker methods won’t be nearly as effective. Blow drying, putting it in the sun, and especially microwaving weed are all going to lower the quality of your bud and make it much harsher to smoke. Even leaving it out in the open with a fan may result in a lower-quality smoking experience. Also note that heat, light and humidity all increase the likelihood of growing mold. Instead, take your time, use one of the two methods above, and dry your wet bud in a dark, dry, well-ventilated area.
As we’ve previously stated, it’s really unhealthy to inhale mold. We know it’s sad, but you’re better off throwing away moldy weed than smoking it and getting really sick. Plus, moldy weed will taste absolutely disgusting. Both before and after you dry it, check your weed for mold. Generally speaking, mold will form as a powdery white substance on the surface of your nugs. Dark spots or yellow/gray fuzz may also appear where it shouldn’t, along with slime and sickly smell. If your weed has been wet and shows any of these sings, toss it.
How To Avoid Getting Your Weed Wet
Correct cannabis storage will ensure your weed is less likely to get wet and more likely to stay in quality condition. Safe storage will also stop moisture from causing mold overtime. The answer to “does marijuana go bad” is a resounding yes. Poor storage can result in bad weed. Follow these tips to ensure your weed stays smokable and accident-proof.
- Use airtight jars to store weed in dry, dark places
- Only take out how much weed you’re going to smoke at any given time
- If you have to travel with weed, keep it in a small, air-tight container
- Keep your weed away from pools and never put it in your swimwear pockets
- Be gentle with your weed and treat it like it’s worth something (because it is!)
These storage and drying methods are tried-and-true, but we also know the cannabis community is a fairly crafty crew. Share your personal tips and tricks for drying and safely storing weed, below. We’re always looking for better ways to keep our weed safe and smokable.
We’re all human. Mistakes happen. Anyone who smokes frequently eventually loses their weed, accidentally throws it away, or even spills a drink all over their stash. The
What to Do If Your Marijuana Gets Wet
When you finally get your hands on some marijuana, either picked up from your favorite dispensary or grown at home, it is likely that you treat it with almost reverential care. You keep it carefully cushioned, supported in the crook of your arm in its paper bag and away from any and all dangers, hoping against hope to try and carry it to the safety of your home.
But when you do finally arrive back home and get your marijuana out, disaster strikes; you actually get it wet.
Maybe it falls into a glass of water; maybe the countertop is wet because you just can’t seem to remember to dry up after wiping it down, or maybe you slipped and fell into a massive puddle of water.
Regardless of how it happened, your marijuana is now completely soaked, so it is ruined, right?
What can you do if you manage to get your marijuana wet?
What Are the Problems with Wet Weed?
After picking your marijuana up out of its wetness, you might first be tempted to just ignore it and start using it; after all, how bad could wet marijuana really be?
Well, trying to actually use wet weed is way harder than you might imagine.
Hard to Grind
For starters, when marijuana is wet, it is almost impossible to actually grind it down. As any experienced marijuana user will tell you, you need to be able to grind up your bud into smokeable particles.
This involves placing your weed into a small grinder to gently break it up and make it way easier to combust. However, if your marijuana is wet, it is going to get stuck in the spokes of the grinder, making it almost impossible to get it to actually break down.
Almost Impossible to Burn
When you try and burn some damp, partly ground up weed, you are going to immediately realize how difficult it is to get it to burn.
Instead of instant combustion when you touch your flame to it, your marijuana will simply sputter and spit, failing to light up entirely. All the excess moisture within your bud will basically refuse to light at all. The eventual flame that will take hold after a while will be super smoky and very bitter.
If you do manage to get your sodden bud to light, you are going to find that it tastes really, truly terrible.
This isn’t because the flavor or cannabinoid content will have changed, but because when it fails to light properly, you are going to get excess water vapor mixed into your weed smoke. This gives your smoke a really damp, acrid taste that isn’t pleasant at all.
So, if you want to try and avoid having to deal with the uncomfortability of wet marijuana, what kind of special tricks can you use to get rid of moisture on your weed?
Special Methods to Dry Out Your Marijuana
The Rice Method
The rice method is the tried and tested, old reliable method for getting excess moisture out of everything. This is the exact same thing you do if you happen to drop your phone in water – assuming you don’t have a waterproof phone.
Simply get a good quantity of rice in a large volume vessel and submerge your bud in it. The rice has a wonderful tendency to pull moisture out of any surface osmotically, so the water within your bud should transfer over to the rice.
The only problem with this method is the fact that it will leave your marijuana with a faintly rice-like smell, as well as covering it in a good amount of rice flour.
This can actually help it burn a bit quicker when you try and light it up, though, so it is a fairly reasonable tradeoff for not having to deal with any more wet bud.
What if you don’t have any rice laying around, though?
The Paper Method: Osmotically
This method is infinitely easier and requires far fewer grains. Simply wrap up your sodden bud in some paper towels, or even some toilet paper if you buy the good, thick kind.
Keep it wrapped up pretty tightly and, as long as it has direct contact with the paper, the moisture should pull right out of the bud.
The only thing to watch out for with this method is that the moisture that is pulled off of the buds is kept right next to it, which makes it the perfect environment for mold to develop.
To combat this, keep the area well ventilated and dry, ideally with some kind of fan, or even a dehumidifier if you have one.
You should be changing your paper every few hours, rewrapping your now hopefully drier bud in new paper every time, so as to help speed up its drying. When you do this, make sure you are turning your bud around, as this helps increase the rate with which the moisture leaves, as it is only going to be absorbed by the paper if it is directly touching it.
Things to Watch Out for & Avoid
While you are attempting to dry your weed using these methods, you might think that all your troubles are over – after all, as soon as it has been dunked in some rice or paper towels, it’ll be fine, right?
Well, you also need to keep an eye out for a few things.
For starters, the development of mold is your biggest enemy – if you allow your sodden marijuana to sit out for too long, it can begin to develop powdery mold that can actually be extremely dangerous to you if you try to smoke it.
This can happen much more frequently with the paper method, as your bud is still in contact with the water, as well as being all cloistered up in a confined space, which is the perfect environment for mold to develop.
Make sure you are using a proper fan or some way to circulate air regardless of your method of getting water off of your bud, as you do not want to find your bud is riddled with disgusting mold when you come to try and smoke it; that it is easily going to completely ruin your smoking experience.
Some people might be tempted to simply put their bud directly under a fan in an attempt to dry it – while some of the moisture will leave the bud, you will simply be exposing your bud to the open air and degrading its quality, worsening your eventual smoking experience.
This is especially true if you keep it under the sun or any kind of direct light, as the light can destroy some of the more delicate volatile flavor compounds within marijuana, effectively ruining its delightful taste.
You should also remember to never, ever use direct heat to try and dry out your marijuana. Some poor fools have tried cooking it in a low oven, or trying to evaporate the water using a hairdryer; this is easily the worst thing you can do.
Besides the fact that it can be a fire risk, you will simply be burning off a myriad of important compounds, as well as some of the more delicate cannabinoids, in your attempt to salvage your bud. You will, effectively, be destroying your weed in an effort to try and save it.
To test this out, simply cook some of your smoke-ready bud under a hairdryer for a minute and then try and taste it – it will taste bitter, burnt and overall terrible, giving you the impression of it having only recently been literally dropped on the ground and crushed.
Just make sure to always remember the two most important things – avoid direct heat, and avoid direct light.
Final Verdict About What to Do If Your Marijuana Gets Wet
The idea of losing your all-important, oh-so-desirable bud to the perils of open water is something that terrifies everyone on the way back from the dispensary. There you are, holding some expensive, and hopefully delicious, bud just waiting to be smoked, but then you go and ruin it by dropping it in some water.
Thankfully, by using these tips, you can completely avoid having to deal with throwing out your fresh bud – alongside that, you can salvage its delicate flavor profile and pleasant quality of smoke as well, as long as you do it right.
However, if you try and use direct heat or sunlight, or try and speed the process up somehow by using that one sneaky trick that you are sure will work with no problems whatsoever, you are likely going to wind up smoking some incredibly inferior, rather disgusting bud.
As long as you have some rice on hand or, failing that, some paper towels, you can easily and safely dry out your bud and save your valuable bud from the perils of trying to light up sodden weed.
It is a bit of a first-world problem, but until you experience the pain of wet weed, you won’t truly understand it. So, make sure you know what to do when it happens.
Dropping your weed in water is a nightmare scenario. So, what can you do if your marijuana gets wet? Here are our top tips.