Nothing is worse than rolling a joint with too dry bud. The only result we can expect is a hard smoke and a burnt cannabis aroma. The experience of smoking old and dusty marijuana is not something you dream of, but poor storage of your bud stock can put you in front of this problem.
In this article we at Grace Genetics want to review 6 good methods that can be easily used by any grower and lover of this wonderful product.
What is the ideal moisture content for cannabis?
Thankfully these days, labs test this kind of thing. Third-party lab tests help ensure that cannabis is consistent, regardless of who makes and prepares it. That said, there are still big differences, but the test results help manufacturers maintain consistency from one stock to another. The moisture content will also change as the product moves from the grower, to the packing plant and then into the dispensary.
Humidity varies from environment to environment and can affect the content inside the product. Typically, a high quality product should have between 6 and 15% humidity. Anything above 15% might suggest some problems. Mold or a fungal infection is not something you want to have in your product. Just as dehydrated weed is a problem, so too is super wet weed. Look for a little crunch on the flower, but it shouldn’t pulverize when handled.
How to rehydrate the herb
It’s all right and discussing the proper moisture ratio of cannabis, but what if your weed is always dry. Maybe you left the plastic bag open or found a dry piece under your sofa. Time to moisten that bad boy and make him a lot better for your next smoking session.
– Proper storage
The most important point for correcting humidity in cannabis is storage. You may not be able to do much about the process leading up to your purchase, but you can protect it later. And no, you don’t need to make a huge investment. It’s as simple as finding a sealable glass container. Cannabis deteriorates through a process called oxidation. It also decomposes through exposure to light. If you have left a piece of flower in the open air, exposed to the sun’s rays, you will soon find that it loses its punch. The tasty terpenes and potent cannabinoids slowly turn into dust and dirt.
Look for dark glass containers with a tight lid. If you don’t have a dark glass container, you can always keep a simple clear jar inside a dark cabinet. Plastic is technically breathable, so avoid storing it in plastic bags, even if your retailer sold it in one of them.
– Lemon peel
But what if your weed is already super dry? There are ways around this, including the good old orange peel (or lemon peel) trick. Even a little bit of citrus peel, a few inches long, can spice up your stash and make it much more smokable than before.
Detach a strip from an orange or lemon, place the peel in the airtight jar and close. You should check every day or so, and once the cannabis has reached a good level of hydration, remove the peel. The only problem with a citrus peel is that it can carry unwanted pathogens into your jar. If you leave it too long, these can start growing on your weed and make it moldy.
– Distilled water
The next option is a little less risky for introducing pathogens into your stash. It still requires careful monitoring, but since the distilled water will not introduce anything dangerous into the storage container. You also won’t always smoke orange flavored weed.
Take a small snack-sized Ziploc bag and insert a folded paper towel inside. Using only distilled water, moisten the paper towel and seal the bag. it doesn’t have to be wet, just damp. Make a few holes in the bag and put it in the glass jar. Through the dots, moisture will naturally travel to the tops.
Again, this method shouldn’t take too long to rehydrate cannabis. Keep an eye on your stash. While distilled water contains no contaminants, your weed could. If some microorganisms live dormant in your pot, it probably won’t take too long to start growing again.
Far away, when humidifiers were a more common storage container. Your grandfather, maybe even your father, had one to keep Cuban cigars at relative humidity. Today, with the advent of cannabis inflorescences, a new wave of specific humidifiers comes. While these are slightly fancier and a much more expensive option, they were designed specifically for your stash.
A typical cannabis humidor is made from cedar and has humidity control inside. Some of the high-end options also include a hygrometer, which is a device for measuring the moisture content of the air. If you have the funds and want to treat yourself to a perfect smoking experience, a humidor is certainly an option to consider.
– Piece of bread
Another DIY option is to use a piece of bread. It works in a flash and will take no more than a few hours to transfer its moisture to the flower. It’s the same principle you may have used to keep your brown sugar hardened. On a molecular level, water molecules move from the fresh slice of bread and are absorbed by your dried buds.
Just like with the orange peel, and to a lesser extent the distilled water method, this method is a temporary solution. Bread, just like orange peel, can carry microorganisms with it. If left unattended, bread can encourage the development of mold and yeast. If you rehydrate your weed with bread (or any other food), we recommend that you smoke it quickly.
– BOVEDA humidity control bags
A better long-term solution than a piece of bread are moisture packs. These packets, sold at dispensaries and at many online sites, are partially controlled sterile moisture packets. Without introducing harmful microorganisms into your stash, they will transfer some moisture and keep your stash cool. The concept is essentially the opposite of the little silicon packets you find in a new shoe box. Instead of pulling the moisture out of your weed, it will circulate it.
This is a perfect solution for dry climates. If you find your stash is always too dry and you want a safe way to keep it moist, these packs are affordable and effective. There is no need to keep an eye on the storage container and the packages are replaceable if necessary.
Learning how to rehydrate your weed is one of the easiest ways to get the most out of your product, even if it’s dry as a bone. Some methods are more effective than others. And some options work for a while, but not in the long run.