Unless you use up your cannabis stash quickly, the chances are that some of it will dry out. While drying out is a natural process as cannabis tend to lose their moisture slowly, you can still prevent it from happening by keeping your cannabis stored in ideal conditions. This includes the right moisture level. Apart from keeping it fresh, storing cannabis in the right moisture level ensures that the taste of the smoke is maximized while the vapor is cooler and more palatable.
You can learn tips on revitalizing dry cannabis. However, it is much preferred that you prevent it from drying out in the first place.
How to prevent cannabis from drying out?
Here are a few measures you can take to prevent your cannabis from drying out.
Stash it in an air-tight jar away from the sunlight
Cannabis requires the right temperature and moisture level to thrive. On top of this, there are two things that cannabis aren’t fond of. And that is UV rays and oxygen. To prevent it from drying out, you must minimize their exposure to sun and air.
Always store your cannabis in airtight jars and stash them in a dark cabinet, away from direct sunlight. It is also advised that upon purchasing cannabis, you portion out the stash into smaller packs. This ensures that whenever you have the urge to smoke your stash, you don’t have to open the same jar. This activity may increasingly expose your entire stash to oxygen, thereby drying it out slowly.
Avoid plastic bags
It is quite common for people to store their cannabis in plastic bags. You need to avoid this exercise since plastic bags are not airtight. For proper storage and increased freshness of your cannabis, store it all in glass jars.
For more information to prevent drying out your weed, check out our blog “Tips to properly store Cannabis for freshness”.
Revitalizing Dry Cannabis
Air-tight jars are a great way of ensuring that your bud remains fresh. However, the question arises, what should you do if your cannabis loses its freshness and dries out? Well, here are some ways you can revitalize your dried out cannabis.
Method 1: Using lettuce, bread slice, and a damp paper towel
One of the best ways of revitalizing dry cannabis is by using bread slice, lettuce and a damp paper towel. Why is the best way? Well, because unlike some of the other ways available, this technique retains the original flavor of the weed and does not add any of its taste into the mix.
Either take a lettuce leave or slice of bread and use water to moisten it. Note that you are required to moisten it and not soak it lightly! If you don’t want to waste food items, you can use a damp paper towel.
Place either of the three things on top of the cannabis in ziplock bags or thick plastic. Let it sit on it for at least an hour. After an hour or two, check your stash and move it a bit. Also, see the condition of your lettuce, bread or towel. The more dried out it is, the more water has been retained by the buds. Continue this activity multiple times, depending on how big your stash is. Make sure you don’t get hasty. Don’t use a lot of water or leave the same leaf or bread on the weed for too long. This is because this can lead to the formation of nasty mold that can transfer onto your fresh bud.
Once you are satisfied with the state of your weed after the method, store it away in an airtight jar to prevent future drying out.
Method 2: Fruit Peel
Apart from using lettuce or bread slice, you can also make use of fruit peels. The technique remains the same. However, this is one distinct difference here. And that is that in the case of fruit peel, along with hydration, the taste and smell of the fruit will also transfer to your weed. In the end, you will get a fruity yet revitalized bud.
You can experiment as much as you want to with the type of fruit peel you use. Generally, limes and oranges are preferred. Make sure not to use the two for extended storage since they can make your bud rot. Closely inspect your bud and the peel to avoid the formation of fungal. Keep changing the peel after every few days to prevent a fungal outbreak.
Another popular peel is banana peel. These tend to reap quick results, and some say that they make weed more potent. If you don’t want the taste of the fruit to transfer, you might want to consider using apple peels. One drawback of using them is that they are quite slow in releasing their moisture. But, they do so consistently leading to even hydration throughout.
You can choose to use a variety of peels. All you need to do is keep the peel with the weed for a few hours or a day (depending on the size of your cannabis stash) and witness as your buds get revitalized.
Method 3: Hydration
Let’s say you have a sudden urge to smoke weed and you find out that your stash is too dried out! You don’t have the time to wait for fruit peels or lettuce leaves to do their magic. Well, in this case, the last resort is to super hydrate your bud. Know that this method has the risk of making your weed a tad too soggy.
Here, you are required to fill a large pot with water and boil it. Once it is fully boiled, take it off the heat and cover it with a cloth. Secure the sides of the pot as well to prevent heat from escaping. Place your dried out stash on top of the fabric, and the process of evaporation will hydrate your weed. This method takes an hour at most to revitalize your dried stash.
Method 4: Humidifier stone
Stones made with terracotta work great for revitalizing dry cannabis. Terracotta stones are small circular clay stones which require 1 to 2 drops of water on them prior to adding to your herbs. The raw hydrostone is meant to be soaked in water for 5 minutes and then added to your dry weed – similar to other methods leaving the stone in for too long will lead to mold. Therefore, once you notice your weed is no longer dry remove the stone.
Rehydrate your dried up weed for the ultimate experience. Just because your stash is dried, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it fully!