5 Different ways to rehydrate dry cannabis

Published Apr 19, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
Photo Credit Jonathan Hayward

The marijuana plant is an incredible species of plant that is capable of providing large amounts of product. This makes it easy for cannabis growers to obtain an entire year’s supply or more from one single harvest. Though that sounds great for those who could save a small fortune by growing cannabis instead of buying it, that means learning about different storage techniques. Many of which aren’t the most efficient for the long term resulting in weed that is super dry and crumbling apart. This can also happen with marijuana that is just too old no matter how it was stored. If you have a batch of dry and crumbly bud,then you will want to know the very best ways to rehydrate weed so you can continue to enjoy it just a little while longer. These methods will not bring cannabis buds back to their prime. They will, however, make some adjustments to aged weed that can result in a product that is enjoyable to smoke and maintains it’s form. To help here are five of the safest, all-natural ways that you can rehydrate weed.

1. Cotton balls - This is one of the most popular methods used to rehydrate weed as it requires only a couple of things that you likely already have in the kitchen at home. Take one cotton ball and hold it under running water long enough to get wet. Now wrap it inside of a piece of aluminum foil. To allow the moisture to escape you will need to make a few holes in the foil before dropping it into the container of dry weed. Seal it up and let it sit for 24 hours to fully rehydrate the bud. Remove it after 24 hours to avoid mold.  

2. Fruit slice - Slices of fruit are not only an excellent tool that can help to rehydrate weed, but it is also an incredible way to add your favorite flavors to bud. This is done for both rehydrating purposes and also for altering the taste and smell of weed. Drop a slice or two of your favorite fruit in the container with dry bud. Seal the container for 24 hours before removing the fruit and enjoying your freshly revitalized weed. The strongest flavors are usually a citrus base like oranges, pineapples, or grapefruit.

3. Mixing - Mixing cannabis is a highly debated strategy that is often used to rehydrate weed. That is because technically it is only a short-term solution. Mixing too much aged bud with fresh flowers will result in an altered taste and potency. Even if they are both the very same strain because over time the plant materials will break down along with moisture, terpenes, and cannabinoids like THC and CBD, this method is best used with small amounts that will be used immediately as a last ditch effort to salvage the bud, and you should expect it to slightly degrade the quality. Use one large fresh bud and drop it into an airtight container that is full of weed you want to rehydrate. Let it sit for 48 hours, and you will find that the moisture from the fresh bud has been evenly distributed throughout.


4. Vegetables - This method works the same way as adding fruit slices does only in a much less potent way. Since vegetables do not contain the stronger acids that contribute to flavor, they won’t affect the taste but can still add plenty of moisture when it’s needed. Carrots, celery, cucumber slices, lettuce, and almost any other veggie you can think of can be added to a sealed container with aged weed for 24 hours to rehydrate. Just like with the fruit, they should be removed immediately after 24 hours to avoid potential mold growth and contamination.  

5. Bread - A single slice of bread can be used to hydrate up to an ounce of bud, but is also safe for smaller amounts and doesn’t have to be removed immediately. Drop one slice of fresh bread (any kind) and let it sit for 24 hours to completely rehydrate the weed. The breadshould be removed once it is completely dryand before it starts to crumble so that you don’t end up smoking bread crumbs.



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