May 122012
 

over dry cannabisAvoid Marijuana Shake Buildup By Adding Moisture To Your Over Dry Marijuana

If you have ever sold marijuana, one of your biggest fears is that the marijuana you just purchased is too dry and could crumble to ‘shake’ at anytime. Growers run into the same problem when they let their harvests hang too long. When the grower goes to cut the nugs off of the branch the marijuana is so dry it practically disintegrates upon contact with the scissors. This can also happen if you take marijuana from a moist climate (like the Willamette Valley of Oregon) to a dry climate (like Reno, Nevada). If this is your situation, don’t worry, there are some things you can try.

The main thing is finding something that has moisture in it, putting it in a closed container with the dry marijuana, and let time take its course. Check back periodically to make sure that it isn’t getting too moist or adding mildew. Some moist things work better than others. My personal favorite is ‘iceberg’ lettuce. It doesn’t have a smell (unlike the other options), which can be a problem with veteran smokers. When people try to do the orange peel method in my area (see below), I often hear ‘This isn’t good weed; this is just mids with some artificial citrus smell added to it!’ Lettuce doesn’t have that problem, and ‘iceburg’ lettuce has the most moisture. Get a thick, gnarly piece near the base of the head of lettuce; the part that you probably wouldn’t want to eat. It has worked for me for over 18 years!

Below are some other tips from my friends:

1. Get a cotton ball, wet it, and place it in tin foil. Poke holes in tin foil. Let it sit in your marijuana jar, for couple hours, and it should return moisture to your buds. Repeat as necessary.

2. Put your marijuana in a jar with a couple of fresh orange peels. Move around the marijuana and orange peels every 6 hours to ensure moisture distribution. Lemon peels work well too.

3. If you are a grower, take a fresh bud from a plant and place it in the jar with the dry nugs.

4. Take a sponge and cut it into sugar cube sized pieces. Moisten the sponge cube and place it in your jar with the dry marijuana. Repeat as necessary

Back in the day, when I was an ignorant teenager and smoked bammer weed, I remember my best friend would buy pounds of ‘brick weed.’ We would have to ‘steam it’ in order to make it more appealing for the rookie marketplace. The process was an age old method that was handed down by a family friend. We would get a t-shirt (preferably one that was used for this process, for reasons that will become apparent) and a cooking pot w/ lid. We would lay the shirt out on a table and put the brick weed in the middle of the shirt and place the lid of the pot over the brick weed (as much weed that would fit under the lid).

Then we would bundle up the shirt to where when you placed the t-shirt-wrapped lid onto the pot, it would suspend the brick weed over the boiling water with a layer of t-shirt in between. As the steam rose from the boiling water, it would moisten the t-shirt, and allow just the right amount of moisture through the fabric and onto the brick weed. The brick weed would break up, become fluffier, and dislodge quite a bit of seeds. Of course, the t-shirt was useless after the process, except for steaming more bammer. Some of the weed would be lost in the process (cling to the t-shirt), but the loss was so minimal and the crappy weed was so cheap that it didn’t matter.

What do TWB readers do to add moisture to their over dried marijuana? Place your tips and tricks below so that others can benefit from your knowledge.

P.S. – Take it from me, NEVER SMOKE BAMMER :)

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About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • http://www.facebook.com/Panaleas Dav Leeder

    a cigar humidor coin works well similar to the tin foil and cotton ball. never use anything but water to soak it though trust me it will ruin good pot

    • Boola

      Try cow dung too. Cow dung works well and gives it a fresh smell…

  • Wendylynnb

     bread!!!

  • Rockyrex

    Ive never heard of calling bad bud bammer. I usualy call that shit mersh. But another fine way is to take a grape fruit grate off all of the orange part and put it in a coffee filter. Roll up the zest of the grapefruit in the coffee filter into a blunt like cone and put that at the bottom of the bag or keif box and voila nice fluffy grapefruit flavored buds.

    • Bill

      We call it schwag.

      • John

        We call it Reggie

  • Icefreon

    I use humidity pouches from boveda. Freaking awesome!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/QBSOLDIER Patrick Leon

    A piece of carrot works great,  its just ass good as the lettuce!!!Â

  • Shawnaharel

    use small baby carrots–cut them into pieces–place all in jar for.. however long… :)

  • X BigA 420 X

    A small piece of bread works really good

  • Klgfrmcali

    Of you mist your dry buds with a fine spray bottle then put the bud in a mason jar wait a few minutes about 30 or so bam revived buds and a lot smoother to smoke and you get more
    Good stuff (THC ) due to the moisture vapes

  • http://www.facebook.com/OklahomaWeed Oklahoma Weed

     First degree murder charges to be filed for drug sales in Oklahoma. Oklahoma first degree murder carries the death penalty.

    • Inaramitchell

      What?! This is another reason for endind the prohibition of marijuana. Medical marijuana is a wonderful thing! But those people over 21 who eather don’t have the money or an illness that does not qualify should be able to use marijauna as oppesed to the drugs the government wants us to use.

      • don

        freedom to choose absent harm . I want to smoke for fun, I will.

        Cigarettes kill 6.6 million per year
        booze kills 2.5 million a year.
        0 deaths in all of history from weed.

        fuck them.

        • 1337

          exactly..

    • THCmaster

      As a fellow Oklahoman I have to send a shout to u from north Tulsa and south okc

  • Sh54

    Add wet buds from your new crop to the dry buds from your old crop

  • SKINNA

    Add a little potato peel,works for tobacco too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/terri.bradford.5 Terri Bradford

    apple slices or a carrot works very well ;)

  • Inaramitchell

    I’ve used a potato peel or an apple peel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ender-Wiggin/100000885624281 Ender Wiggin

    there were some gentlemen selling pot humidors at one of the expo’s last year, the key ingredient were active humidipacks, that will go plus or minus holding humidity at a constant 62%  (they claimed extensive testing found that to be the most stable temp)

    I can’t disagree with them, one every month or two in a glass jar had stuff still feeling fresh 6 months later.   I don’t have the website handy, but i’m sure a little googling for “pot humidor” and “humidipack” would turn them up.  the packs were like a buck each.

  • http://twitter.com/ReneeC707 Renee Chambers

    Take a paper towel and wet it with water.  Squeeze it out and carefully unfold it.  Place in container with overdried weed.  Move it around every hour or two.  Works well for me and won’t contaminate your buds.

  • Drg1301

    grape peel works well without imparting any taste

    • THCmaster

      Didn’t know u could Peel a grape lol

  • Julie

    Or if you can tear off a small piece of paper towel. Moisten it with water. Place it in your sealed container (or baggie, as the case may be). Check it about every hour. Remover the paper towel when the Cannabis reaches desired moisture level.

  • Sacramento’s Best Bud

    Corn tortillas work aswell too.

    • Lady7

      but that makes weed smell like tortillas! lol

  • jada

    does anyone know if i put the boveda humidipak in the bottom of the jar or on top of the cannabis in the jar? or even in the middle? lol help thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tonya.krebs Tonya Krebs

    Does putting lemon or orange peels in with the weed affect the THC content?

    • THCmaster

      No if anything it actually expands the thc index

  • Boola

    Try cow dung too. Cow dung works well and gives it a fresh smell ….

  • brian

    does kale work?

  • weed-con-a-suer

    get a weed jar with a cork top soak the cork top in warm water for 5 10 min place weed in jar put on moist lid weed will fluff up in a few min

  • TRAPGODdocSEUSS

    wet sock works wonders leaves the buds wet and pungent for the fiends

  • Eve-geek

    Get an air tight jar. (Usually glass with a metal lid) take the lid off place the open empty jar over boiling water so the steam can condense in the jar. Quickly put the bud in the jar and close it tight and fast before the condensed moisture along the jar walls evaporate and let sit for few hrs till the fog in the glass jar is gone(soaked in from dry weed). Orrr till the bud feels right.

  • Ab

    Get a plastic ziplock and place the cannibus in the plastic bag get a napkin fold it wet it with distilled water and place it in the plastci baggy and let it sit and it will regain moisture

  • ol Fart

    Hey guys….new to growin but not smokin. Started summer of ’77. seen a lot of veggies in bags over the years and did the bitter taste orange oil weed and a host of others. My best solution was bread. Just like mom used to do with the choc chip cookies in the tupperware container. If any of you young bucks even know what that is…lol. Depending on how dry and how big a bag you’re talking about, usually for me, for real dry weed, 1 slice for an ozzie, half for half qrtr etc. Just lay it on the top if in a bag or in a corner in a plastic container. takes half a day, les than 24 hrs anyway. Just dont let the bread touch your shake , dont mix or anything. Just lay it in there nicely and it will draw the moisture out as perfectly as you can get with no “wet spots” or soggy bud…..

  • ol Fart

    Hey guys….new to growin but not smokin. Started summer of ’77. seen a lot of veggies in bags over the years and did the bitter taste orange oil weed and a host of others. My best solution was bread. Just like mom used to do with the choc chip cookies in the tupperware container. If any of you young bucks even know what that is…lol. Depending on how dry and how big a bag you’re talking about, usually for me, for real dry weed, 1 slice for an ozzie, half for half qrtr etc. Just lay it on the top if in a bag or in a corner in a plastic container. takes half a day, les than 24 hrs anyway. Just dont let the bread touch your shake , dont mix or anything. Just lay it in there nicely and it will draw the moisture out as perfectly as you can get with no “wet spots” or soggy bud…..

  • Scream_Writer

    Of all the discussion joints, on all the Disqus sites, on all the Internet, I walked into yours. This has to be the most polite and helpful collection of posts I’ve ever read. I came here looking for advice on an unrelated matter, but I left here optimistic for tomorrow! Thank you very much!

  • 1ZillBilly .

    Johnny Green thanks for a trip in the “Way Back Machine” We used a screen from the house, same idea. Back in that Day

  • xteeth

    The whole purpose of drying it is so that it will turn into “shake” so that you can smoke it. The only reason I’ve ever heard to add humidity is to make it weigh more. The more oil that is in it, the more of the desired chemicals not water.

  • wifey101

    carrot stick. no smell to it, works fast, and lasts. then store in mason jars with an oxygen absorber. last for years in cool location.