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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Common Misconceptions About Dry Weed
We all have our preferences when it comes to just about anything and weed is certainly no different. A common misconception amongst cannabis smokers is that dryness is an indicator of low-quality weed. Once again, Dockside is here to debunk this myth
The humidity of packaged weed depends on a number of variables that a grower considers and adjusts when drying and curing their product including but not limited to temperature, humidity, duration of time, and storage method. These factors can be adjusted batch by batch based on what the grower thinks is best for a specific strain’s genetic lineage and the way they manage one of the hardest variables to control- the relative humidity of their location. While there is variation in the moisture content of packaged weed that changes from strain to strain and producer to producer, personal perception plays a big role. Sativas often have a more fluffy and fragile bud structure than Indicas, giving the impression that they are drier even when the actual moisture content is exactly the same
So, now that you have a basic understanding of the factors that come into play, let’s look at the wet-dry spectrum and how it impacts the user experience.
Have you ever heard someone say, “That weed is pretty dry and it’s probably going to hit super hot and harsh.” While that may be true for weed that is bone dry, it can also be true for weed that is too wet. Picture a damp log thrown on a hot fire. It crackles and pops. Alternatively, a very dry log burns fast and hot. It’s possible that one of these extremes describes your exact preference, but there are many degrees in between that will strike a better balance for most people and offer a smoother hit.
In terms of grinding, wetter weed has the potential to be overly sticky and clump together. On the other end of the spectrum, bone-dry weed can turn to dust, making it difficult to roll or pack into a bowl. Again, there are a lot of sweet spots in between the extremes, and most of it just comes down to personal preference.
One advantage of dry cannabis is that it weighs less, meaning you are likely getting more plant matter when you buy a drier strain. If you like to bake edibles, dry weed is also the way to go as it aids in decarboxylation (the process of converting THCA into THC). While stickier buds do tend to have more THC than a comparable dry strain, any experienced cannabis user will tell you that higher concentrations of THC do not necessarily equate to a better high.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you actually have a lot of control over the moisture content of your cannabis depending on how you choose to store it after purchasing. If you find that your weed is too wet for your preference, try leaving it open in a relatively dry room for 30 minutes or so. On the other hand, if you find your weed too dry, try leaving the package open in a humid room for 30 minutes. For rehydration, you can also place a Boveda pack, or even a small piece of wet paper towel, in the package.
The next time you find yourself in possession of dry weed, you’ll know now that it’s not a quality indicator. It’s still excellent weed and will get you high!
Common Misconceptions About Dry Weed We all have our preferences when it comes to just about anything and weed is certainly no different. A common misconception amongst cannabis smokers is that