Why Should You Rehydrate Your Dry Herb?
- 1.1. How to rehydrate the grass?
- 1.2. Fruit peels
- 1.3. Hot steam
- 1.4. The moist bread
- 1.5. Vegetables with high water content
- 1.6. Wet paper towel
- 1.7. Use fresh grass
- 1.8. Product too dry
- 1.9. Bad storage
- 1.10. Excessive decarboxylation
- 1.11. Use a humidification box
- 1.12. Use an airtight container
- 1.13. Avoid direct sunlight
- 1.14. Use disposable humidity control packs
Why Should You Rehydrate Your Dry Herb?
Back then, when cannabis was still illegal, people resorted to brick weed “, that is to say, to dried grass. However, that has changed as cannabis is now legal in many states, and people now prefer moisture in cannabis.
How to rehydrate the grass?
When grass becomes dry, it loses much of its potency. Therefore, you won't enjoy the experience of smoking weed that has lost a lot of its moisture.
Also, most varieties of weed aren't cheap, and it can be hard to throw away something you've spent so much money on, especially if it's a premium variety. It is therefore useful to understand how to rehydrate your weed if it dries out before you have a chance to use it.
That said, fresh cannabis plants can dry out from over-drying or improper storage practices. Luckily, there are ways to rehydrate your weed. This article will cover different techniques for rehydrating weed, its importance, and how to prevent cannabis from drying out.
Here are some ways to rehydrate your cannabis plant.
The most common way to rehydrate your weed is to use citrus peels. This fruit peel method allows you to use different fruits, but most people prefer limes and oranges. This technique makes your weed taste citrusy, which can be good depending on the strain you're trying to rehydrate.
Banana peels are another proven material that works wonders. They work faster than most peels but rot just as quickly. So it is better to exercise caution while using this fruit. We suggest checking your hemp at least twice a day.
You should also consider using apple peels. Most people opt for this material because these peels release moisture at a slow and steady rate. They therefore do not not rot your bud as quickly as other peels. Also, they do not affect the taste of your buds.
All you need for this method is an airtight container, your bud, and the peel of your choice. Place the materials in the jar and close it tightly. Be sure to burp the materials once or twice a day by opening the container and closing it. This helps prevent the bud from deteriorating. If you notice the peels rotting, we suggest replacing them with a fresher batch.
Steaming is the fastest way to fix dry cannabis. This method is risky because it's easy to cook your weed or make it too soggy to smoke. However, if you are willing to take the risk, go for it.
You need a large pot filled with water. After filling this pan with water:
- Bring the water to a boil. When the water begins to boil, turn off the heat and put the pot in a safe place.
- Open the pot and place a clean cloth over the boiling water. You can use oven mitts to make sure you don't burn yourself.
- Place your buds securely on the cloth and allow the steam from the pot to moisten your stock. Be sure to move the buds frequently to allow the steam to distribute evenly.
- You can remove your buds from the cloth after about 30 minutes, but if you think they're not moist enough, you can leave them on a little longer.
The moist bread
Here is another simple and popular method. All you need for this method is a slice of bread. First, moisten (not soak) the bread and place it in the same airtight container as your dry cannabis. It's best to avoid placing materials next to each other to prevent crumbs from ending up on your hemp.
Then close the container tightly and leave the materials for one to three hours. When you open the jar, you notice that the bread is dry and your bud is a little wetter. This means that the bud has absorbed all the moisture from the bread.
If you are satisfied with the result, you can stop there. Otherwise, repeat this method four to five times for the best result. When you are finally satisfied with the results, transfer your wet buds to an airtight container and be sure to take the proper measures to prevent them from drying out again. Store them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.
Vegetables with high water content
You can also use vegetables with a high water content, such as lettuce and cucumbers. Due to the amount of water these vegetables contain, rehydrating your cannabis will be a breeze. Using these vegetables works the same way as using fruit peels. Some people prefer this method because it doesn't add any flavor to their weed.
If using lettuce, cut off a slice of the vegetable and put it in a bag with your stock. You should cut the lettuce according to the size of your grass. So the bigger your stash, the bigger your slice of lettuce. You can also use cucumbers by slicing them thinly and placing them in the back with your herbs.
Leave these materials in the bag for about two to three hours. After this time, your weed should be rehydrated and ready to eat.
Wet paper towel
This method works best if you have a lot of weed to rehydrate. To use this method, take a few paper towels and wet them with water. Then remove excess moisture from the paper towels (the towels should not drip) and place them in a resealable plastic bag. Then, poke small holes in the bag, place the bag in your pot of weed and seal it.
Do not leave wet towels in the jar for a long time, as this may cause the mold formation. Let the material sit for a few hours, making sure the grass doesn't touch the towel-filled plastic bag. It is best to consume the herb as soon as possible, unless you are drying it out again.
Use fresh grass
If you are growing cannabis and you have freshly harvested plants, you can use them to bring your dry weed back to life. As a grower, you should have noticed how moist freshly harvested cannabis is, making it optimal for revitalizing dry cannabis.
Place the fresh cannabis flower in the same jar as your dry weed and seal the container tightly. Thereafter, check the buds frequently to confirm that moisture is transferring from one cannabis to another.
When you are satisfied with the level of rehydration, you can then remove the fresh cannabis flower and store your revitalized bud in a safe place. Be careful when using this method, as the high water content of this fresh cannabis can cause mold to form on both sets of weeds.
Remember that while this method is effective, you may reduce the quality of your fresh cannabis, so make sure you're willing to take the risk before proceeding.
Causes of cannabis buds drying out
Cannabis, regardless of potency or quality, will eventually dry out; it is a normal process. However, there are things you can do to speed up this process and cause your weed to dehydrate faster than it is supposed to. Here are a few reasons why you might end up with dry cannabis sooner than expected.
Product too dry
Sometimes the fault is not yours. Drying and curing are complicated and knowing how to maneuver each step can be tricky. Therefore, it is easy for growers to make mistakes by over-drying the plant before curing it. This over-drying can render the buds unusable faster than normal.
Unfortunately, as a buyer, you don't know what the cannabis looks like in the container before you buy. So you could end up buying a product that is not optimal.
To dry cannabis, moisture must be removed from the inside of the plant to the outside. That's why in some cases you can buy the best quality cannabis that looks great, but that beauty won't last long if the product is over-dried from the start. To benefit from these products, you must consume them quickly, otherwise they will dry out.
Improperly storing cannabis is one of the worst things you can do to your stash. Placing it in the wrong container exposes it to the environment, which can allow moisture to escape.
Over time, you will notice that your healthy, shiny buds begin to dry out and become crumbly, poor-tasting materials. The worst part is that the weed will no longer have its potency and you won't be able to get high with it.
Decarboxylation occurs when you expose your weed to an open flame when smoking it. However, when you want to make edibles or create a concentrate, you need to decarboxylate at low temperatures to make sure you don't destroy the weed.
The problem with decarboxylation is that some people may let their weed cook too long or expose it to excessive heat too quickly. The grass can then become excessively dry or even unusable.
How do you keep your weed from getting dry?
Preventing your cannabis from going dry is quite simple, and there are plenty of ways to do it. Here are some of these methods.
Use a humidification box
One of the best ways to store your weed is to purchase a humidifier box. Cannabis humidors are a great buy because they can hold a lot of weed and the box will keep it moist for a long time.
There are different sizes on the market, and the size you buy will depend on the amount and varieties of weed you typically have in your possession. You should be able to find a decent humidifier box for around $150-250.
Use an airtight container
If you don't want a cigar box or think it's too expensive, you can opt for a regular airtight container. Fortunately, this one is easy to maintain and does not require fancy equipment.
All you need to do is make sure you don't expose your stash to oxygen. To do this, place your cannabis in an airtight container to prevent moisture to escape.
If you have a large quantity, you should pack your stash in small portions, making sure to consume the entire contents of any container you open as quickly as possible.
Remember that not all containers work. The best is to use a glass container, with several types of glass to choose from. However, we do not recommend using plastic bags as they may contain excess air, reducing the freshness of your cannabis.
Avoid direct sunlight
While sunlight is good for cannabis plants on the farm, as soon as they are harvested, the sun becomes their worst enemy. Always make sure that your cannabis is not directly exposed to the sunlight, as this may cause it to dry out quickly. Keep your stash in a suitable container and in a cool, dark place.
Use disposable humidity control packs
Consider purchasing disposable humidity control pouches and placing them in your stash container. These products can control and regulate humidity; some can even maintain the best possible humidity for your cannabis. They are affordable, simple to use, and highly effective, making them one of the best ways to maintain the integrity of your cannabis.