The last thing you want is dry weed. Perhaps, you have inadvertently left your stash outside in the summer heat and when you reached for a bug, you saw it disintegrated to powder! When you lighted it up, you noticed a harsh sting in your throat and all those pleasant aromas and tastes that you were looking forward to are gone.
Luckily, you can learn how to rehydrate dry marijuana by following a few easy techniques. Some of these techniques might even bring in new flavors. However, others could potentially destroy your stash if recklessly done. Either way, your pot will definitely not be the same as before.
Prevention is the Best Method of All
Usually, the reason why weed becomes extremely dry is a result of over drying it after being harvested and storing it inadequately. Cannabis starts drying from the outside. Its outer leaves might appear dry, however, the inner buds and its stems may still have a good amount of moisture. Thus, most growers evaluate the dryness by stem snapping.
After the plant is cut to dry, the stems will start to lose their stiffness and rigidity. If you handle the stem, it’s going to bend without snapping. The rule is that if you can break a stem in half, then it’s already sufficiently dry. However, if it bends, then it will require more time.
After the final trim, the cannabis buds must then be stored in an airtight container. If the buds are left in a plastic bag or paper, they are going to continue exchanging water with the air in the surroundings and will dry up altogether eventually. By storing the weed in an airtight container, you’ll be able to preserve its moisture content.
What to Do If Your Weed is Already Bone Dry
Luckily, in the same way that the cannabis plant is capable of releasing water into the air, it’s also capable of sucking water molecules back into its buds. The solution is simple – you just need an airtight container! However, in this situation, having an airtight container is not really essential for success. The idea is to increase the humidity of the container in order to recreate a microclimate. Water molecules will then start dispersing from high concentration zones going to lower concentration zones until it’s evened out.
There are many ways to get this done despite the excessive dryness of the weed. One of the most effective methods is to grab a slice of bread and moisten it. You can also use lettuce leaves for this intention or a damp paper towel. Place the bread, lettuce, or damp towel on top of the weed and store in a Ziploc bag. Close it tightly and leave it there for 1-2 hours. Check the bread, lettuce or towel to see if they have dried. If they are, then that’s an indication that their moisture has been passed on to the weed.