Have you ever seen a flower turn into powder while you were about to roll a joint? Find out how to rehydrate your weed reserve in record time with our three simple methods.
There’s nothing worse than dry grass. If this has ever happened to you, don’t worry, because your buds can be helped! With a little know-how, it is possible to rehydrate cannabis using a few simple techniques.
Some of them can even bring new flavours, while others can quickly destroy your reserves if you’re not careful. Although your herbs may not return to the same state as before, you can help it to (almost) regain its former glory.
THE BEST METHOD OF ALL – PREVENTION
The two most common reasons why weeds dry out beyond their optimum point are over-drying after harvest and improper storage.
Cannabis dries from the outside to the inside. The outer leaves may appear dry, but the inside of the flowers and stems may still contain a significant amount of water. Therefore, it is common for growers to find out about dryness by testing to see if a stem breaks or simply bends.
If you dry your grass, the stems lose much of their hardness and stiffness shortly afterwards. A stem can then be bent without breaking. As a rule, if you can break the stem of a flower cleanly, it is sufficiently dry. If the stem can still be bent, it will still take some time. Although this trick works very well if you have some experience, it is by no means the most scientific method.
In a temperate climate with average humidity, you can expect a slow and even drying time. However, in arid climates, it is important to keep a humidifier nearby.
USE A HUMIDITY CONTROLLER FOR A PERFECT HUMIDITY LEVEL
After final trimming, the buds must be hardened in an airtight container. Unfortunately, your weed will continue to exchange water with the surrounding air. So if you don’t take care of it, your precious buds will be dry. Fortunately, using a moisture control device is one of the easiest ways to create the perfect environment for your weed.
These small sachets are not only suitable for small and large crops, but the silicone gel they contain also allows the exchange of moisture with the air surrounding the flowers. The result is a perfect relative humidity of 58-65% – the ideal point for ripening.
TOO LATE, MY GRASS IS DRY AS DUST – WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
Fortunately, cannabis can release water into the air in the same way that it can bring water molecules back into the flowers.
The solution is relatively simple. All you need is an airtight container (again!) or something similar. When repairing the damage, the container doesn’t need to be airtight in order to be successful. However, after rehydration and for long-term storage, airtight containers are necessary.
The basic idea is to increase the relative humidity in the container in order to create a microclimate. The water molecules spread from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration until equilibrium is established.
There are many ways to do this, some of which are even possible despite the excessive drought. All these methods differ slightly from each other (with the exception of the Super Express method described below), but have their own subtleties.
3 WAYS TO REHYDRATE YOUR GRASS
SLICE OF BREAD, SALAD AND “WET PAPER TOWEL” METHOD
It is a technique that does not add flavour. Take a slice of bread and moisten it (don’t let it soak!). Lettuce leaves are also very effective. You can also use a damp paper towel, but be careful of the water content.
Place it on top of your grass in a thick plastic bag or ziplock bag, seal it tightly and leave it to rest for an hour or two. Then check your grass and move it around a bit. Now check how much drier the salad, bread or paper towel has become. This is a clear indication of how much water is stored in the flowers.
Depending on your offer, you may need to repeat this process several times. The trick is not to overdo it. For example, you should not wet the bread too much or leave the same lettuce leaf in the bag too long. This could lead to the formation of mould that could spread to your buds.
Carefully inspect your buds and, when you are satisfied, put your grass in an airtight container for long-term storage.
FRUIT PEEL METHOD
This tour is even more fun and ideal for experimentation. You can use different types of fruit peels and herbs to rehydrate your herb in exactly the same way as described above. The difference here is that there is also a transfer of taste and smell.
The most common fruits are oranges and limes as they are very useful to rehydrate your buds but also to give the grass a citrusy taste. They should not be used for long term storage and drying as they can cause mould or bud rot. You should examine your flowers carefully every day to avoid fungal attack. Simply replace the pods every two or three days to ensure that the added flavour persists.
Banana peels are also very popular. They work faster, but also rot much faster. Some people swear that banana peels make their grass stronger, although there is no concrete evidence to support this claim. Apple peels are not as effective at transmitting flavour, but they do release moisture slowly and constantly, which is excellent for regular rehydration.
Whichever fruit you choose, the trick is to place the peels next to your flowers for a few hours. It can take from a few hours to a day for the buds to take on a good smokable shape. You can also add mint, coriander, rosemary, thyme or any other fragrant herb. These products are not only suitable for rehydration, they also add a certain element to your smoke.
HOT STEAM METHOD
If you are in a hurry and cannot afford to wait long, there is a way to speed up the process. But beware: you risk boiling your grass or making it too wet to smoke.
Take a large saucepan, fill it with water and bring it to a boil. As soon as the water boils, remove the pan from the heat and place it on a safe surface. Then cover the pan with a cloth or piece of fabric and attach it to the edge of the pan. Take care not to burn yourself (use potholders!).
Now you put your grass on the fabric and let the steam do the rest. The hot steam penetrates through the fabric and the flowers and ensures maximum hydration at record speed.
Turn buds regularly to distribute steam evenly. After 30 minutes to an hour, your buds should be ready to use!