Mar 202010
 

over dry cannabisA problem that some growers and distributors run into is over dried marijuana. This can be due to many factors; the grower left it hanging too long, or you took the marijuana from a moist climate (like the Willamette Valley of Oregon) to a dry climate (like Reno, Nevada), or whatever the reason. If this is your situation, don’t worry, there are some things you can try. Here are some of the best tips that I found on the net:

1. Get a cotton ball, wet it, place it in tin foil, poke holes in tin foil. Let it sit in jar with bud, for couple hours, should return moisture to your buds.

2. Another trick is to put your buds in a jar along with a few fresh orange peels. Shake the jar or rearrange the nugs and peels every four hours so to ensure better moisture distribution. Be careful how many orange peels you use cuz you can easily over moisturize your nugs. Have used it many times before with “crumbly” bud.

3. I just stick wet paper towel to the edge the container and seal.

4. Skin just the other layer of a lemon peel and stick it the jar overnight. A couple of strips will do. Remove the peels in the morning to prevent mold. You should be good after that. Just keep “burping” the jars a regular intervals and the faint smell of lemon should dissipate as well.

5. I have always just taken a fresh small bud plucked from a plant (of course it matters to have such) and throw it in with the too dried, and seems to have worked well in the past. And you can monitor it and take it out once the desired moisture has been achieved, or even add another if that one dried out.

The above suggestions were taken from the this article.

1. Putting it in a bag with a slice of white bread and leave it overnight. Brings back just the right amount of moist back in when too dry. Potato peels work fine too but leave a smell and a taste…

2. Lettuce is the best for least flavor transfer. About 3 hours.

3. A piece of apple would serve best. It does not contain the aromatic oils of the citrus fruit and none of the yeast which could also cause mold, in the bread.

The above suggestions were taken from the this article.

I heard to add moisture to a bud, you put it in with a piece of carrot. I tried this overnight with a tiny bud and moisture was added.

The above suggestions were taken from the following article:
this article.

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 ruined 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.

As for adding moisture to good weed; There were dozens, if not hundreds of tricks on the internet to add moisture to weed. The best ones (in my opinion and from my experience) were listed above, and worked in my experiments. The main thing is finding something that has moisture in it, putting it in a closed container with the dry weed, 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. Like the guy said above, 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, I often hear ‘This isn’t good weed; this is just beast 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.

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  • http://www.marijuanamedicine.com/ Big Sur buds

    This is were I went to get my medical marijuana ID…

    • Brandon Barnard

      I use lacinato kale. Take one layer of nugs and cover the bottom of an air-tight container, tear the kale into strips and cover completely. Let sit 1-3 hours, it depends on density of the weed. When the top half of the nugs are moist, remove the kale and put the lid back on. Burp daily for about a week, and you will have very nicely cured buds.

  • Neil

    I did this last night, take a small glass bowl, and put it inside a pot of boiling water, but you want the rim of the bowl to be above the water, take out your green, and put it into a mesh strainer, and place the strainer in the pot on top of the bowl. Put a lid on the pot and let it boil for like 5 mins or so, and presto you have perfectly moist green again!

    • Dav Leeder

      no you do not you have steamed pot. there is a difference

  • http://www.howtogrowweed420.com how to grow weed

    neil that’s a good idea. I like the orange peel though its classic and works.. but one time I got a lot of mold in my baggie :(. not cool. moldy buds = cough up a lung

  • Mustava

    id not bother wetting it dont be so tite and give them to your buyers dry that get more so evryones happy?

  • robsacking

    Well I am a BIG Medical patient . and the very best hands down is a piece of flour tortilla YES A FLOUR TORTILLA It Leaves No smell or taste just fresh buds enjoy fresh weed Guarenteed 3 to 4 hours should be good. Overnight for an ounce or more

  • Tim

    Celery overnight is slow and steady

  • Joey VanLeeuwen

    Why does it matter if it’s dry? It doesn’t gain potency from being moistened does it?

    • Dav Leeder

      the flavor is better when it is cured correctly and to dry weed burns to fast… if it’s too dry and not cured properly yes it can affect the potency… take a really dry bud and a well cured bud and see which one is better…

    • Morgan NicGregor

      Because a lot of people (like myself) don’t smoke it, we vape it. Overdry marijuana in a vape *burns*. Much harder on the lungs, and doesn’t last very long.

  • dan pots

    why would you want to add moisture unless your trying to rip people off and add weight for me the dryer the weed the better

    • JACKRABBIT

      DRY WEED CAN BE USED TO MAKE A TINTURE,,3GRAMS WEED,,TO 1 OUNCE OF ALCHOL (PURE GRAIN EVERCLEAR),,,PUT IN A BOTTLE THAT HAS AN EYE DROPPER,,AND SHAKE IT AROUND A FEW TIMES AND HOUR,, THE ALCHOL WILL DRAW OUT ALL THE THC FROM THE WEED,,,TO USE,,DROP 3 TO 4 DROPS UNDER THE TONGUE,,,TAKES ABOUT 5 TO 10 MINUTES TO FEEL THE EFFECT,,NO ODOR, BETTER HIGH ! EASIER ON THE LUNGS !

      • Dav Leeder

        shut up…

  • Ghost

    Well a cucumber might be better than lettuce. I only say that because if you put cucumbers into water and drink that cucumber water. You will get more hydrated versus just a glass of water. I am not sure about smell, but just adding my idea.

  • Dav Leeder

    fuck oranges take a few wet pot leaves or buds and stick it in the bag the big fans work the best and will not change the flavor or darken the color aside from the wet cotton ball in tinfoil or a professional humidor it is the only good natural way to moisten your pot I mean think about it if you don’t think it makes sense then you area n idiot… orange peels? really do you hate the flavor of your pot or something? and lettuce do you want mold growing in your bag? wet paper towel maybe but that seems like it would work but I assume pot would stick to the towel…

    • Ryan

      Hey man, there is nothing wrong with the taste and smell of natural bud. But the idea of lemon scented pot gives me a weed boner.

      • Dav Leeder

        then get a strain that smells like lemon there are several extremely citrusy strains out there that are absolutely wonderful….adding any type of citrus fruit peel adds the overtly acidic flavor and extra sugars that smells awesome but sugar tastes awful when burned don’t believe try it for yourself. it ruins the flavor of good bud. save yourselves all the trouble and either use some fresh trimmings from a living plant or a paper towel wetted down and wrapped in tin foil… I personally recommend using fresh trimmings but you still have to be careful because they will revert to almost fresh ( since it contains the vegetable oils and natural emulsifiers and the same amount of chlorophyll).then you have to re-cure the buds. for peets sake folks quit putting shit in the pot.

  • Mark Rice

    Why bother? smoke it when you can if you waited to long oops either smoke those crispy nugs or make some Ice,or bag hash , or concentrate out of it and move on. it will always loose flavor and aroma by adding any moisture plus the risk of mold is always their. if you missed the boat find another boat asap!

  • badweatherrr

    I use slices of carrots rather than orange because of the flavor. Carrots don’t add much to it but Orange is overpowering.

    But yeah, put multiple fairly thin slices of carrot for about an hour and a half (or less, I check every 20 minutes). In fact, you can get good at this and the carrots will run out right when it reaches perfect hydration. Try 4 eighth inch slices.

    I don’t do this to make money at all, I do it purely because otherwise it’s everyone’s unfavorite strain: “Dragons Breath” when it is too dry.

    The other thing you could do is just invest in a cigar humidor and that would work pretty well. I wouldn’t store it long term there though.

    Long term storage is best a little over dry rather than risk mold. Gentle re-hydration does not significantly degrade quality IMO.

  • Tony Aroma

    I’d avoid using food of any kind because of the possibility of introducing mold or other contaminants. The simplest and safest approach is just to wet something, like a paper towel or sterile cotton ball, and stick it in the jar over night.

  • aka Th Floridabadger

    What I do w/success is place pieces of apple in the larger zip lock holding bags of weed! Both to avoid drying out & plus to absorb flavor of said fruit! DO NOT place w/weed or it’ll get too moist & become moldy like QUICK!! Can also be used to add moisture/weight to weed! jus’ sayin

  • Tam

    Try using a humidifier while trimming, works naturally. And no by putting moisture back in is not trying to rip anyone off, but when the weed gets so dry it turns into shake and we want nice buds and keep the THC on the bud.

  • 420iii

    A cigar humidor is the best I’ve tried almost all these other ideas and the humidor is the best!!! (Like 2 years)

  • Peter S. Parker

    thanks for the tips! lettuce!

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  • Evin

    is there any picture of these tricks?

  • loco jones

    cabbage has no smell or after taste and releases moisture more gradually back into the buds than lettuce..just a little piece will do…but a bit of fresher weed is best i’d guess……

  • Dryer is Better.

    I’m so tired of moist weed, I hate articles like this that don’t even talk about how much better being dry is. I’m so tired of having to dry my weed out some when I get it.

    • Dwn

      I used to buy indoor hydroponic grown bud off a guy who used to put buds in front of a ultrasonic humidifier before putting them on the scale. It pissed me off to no end. When I spoke up about it he cut me off, It wasn’t a huge deal and eventually I stole a half dozen of his best customers who didn’t like the humidifier either.

    • Dwn

      I used to buy indoor hydroponic grown bud off a guy who used to put buds in front of a ultrasonic humidifier before putting them on the scale. It pissed me off to no end. When I spoke up about it he cut me off, It wasn’t a huge deal and eventually I stole a half dozen of his best customers who didn’t like the humidifier either.

  • Rob

    I over dried some homegrown. I took a plastic tub drilled some ventilation holes near the top and bottom, I stacked the over dry bud in the tub in layers with moist paper towels between each layer. By moist paper towel I mean taking the Bounty sheet paper towl and mist it with 2 or 3 pumps from a hand mister. Restack every 12 to 24 hours and change the paper towels each time to reduce chance of molding till the weed feels right. When you restack do it so the stuff that was on the bottom is on the top now……basically reversing the stack order. This method also semi-cures the bud. If the bud is a tad too wet you can use dry paper towels and newspaper to take the slight damp off bud this way too.

  • Rob

    I over dried some homegrown. I took a plastic tub drilled some ventilation holes near the top and bottom, I stacked the over dry bud in the tub in layers with moist paper towels between each layer. By moist paper towel I mean taking the Bounty sheet paper towl and mist it with 2 or 3 pumps from a hand mister. Restack every 12 to 24 hours and change the paper towels each time to reduce chance of molding till the weed feels right. When you restack do it so the stuff that was on the bottom is on the top now……basically reversing the stack order. This method also semi-cures the bud. If the bud is a tad too wet you can use dry paper towels and newspaper to take the slight damp off bud this way too.

  • Chris

    Cabbage works just as well and makes it smell a little skunkier

  • Chris

    Cabbage works just as well and makes it smell a little skunkier

  • Intergalactic Pimp

    My favorite way, that leaves no foreign odor or smell, is to lightly wet my finger and coat the bottom of the lid and sides of my jar. I do that every hour or so until desired moisture is achieved.

  • Intergalactic Pimp

    My favorite way, that leaves no foreign odor or smell, is to lightly wet my finger and coat the bottom of the lid and sides of my jar. I do that every hour or so until desired moisture is achieved.

  • moonkat51

    I prefer lemon peels to orange peels

  • moonkat51

    I prefer lemon peels to orange peels

  • jrmarv .

    what about a guitar body humidifier with distilled water?

  • jrmarv .

    what about a guitar body humidifier with distilled water?

  • asian stoner

    try wrap it with banana leaves and leave it for 3 days.. after 3 days throw away the leaves or else it will cause fungus

  • asian stoner

    try wrap it with banana leaves and leave it for 3 days.. after 3 days throw away the leaves or else it will cause fungus

  • Megan

    for small personal amounts we place wet the ends of a Q tip, cut it in half and tape it to the top of the mason jar lid. This helps with evening out moisture. For larger amounts I find that fresh fan leaves (or water leaves if you prefer) added to the bin with regular burping and gentle mixing ( so as not to break the buds) will work. The key is slow & low :)

  • Melissa S. Griggs

    Snatch a couple fan leaves off one of your plants and stick em in the jar with the dry bud overnight.

  • Dragon_Lady_OG

    I like putting a tortilla in the bag, they aren’t too moist and they don’t leave any scent.

  • Mando

    Tortilla is best! No taste no smell and does the job fairly quick..

  • hedpnder

    I used lemon peels once ,it seemed it made the buds a bit more sticky too! flavor was fine!

  • Ana

    Can you leave the lemon peels over night ?