We’ve all been in that situation. Looking down at a bag of cannabis that is too moist or even wet to smoke. You may have just picked a few plants and can’t wait for everything to dry and cure perfectly.
It’s worth mentioning that if you want to enjoy your cannabis strain to its maximum potential with little harshness and get the most out of your high, you’ll need to dry and cure it properly.
However, if you can’t wait long enough, you may quickly dry your bud and try it. While some of these common ways may damage your weed’s psychoactive components, they will at least allow you to smoke some bud while you wait for the remainder of your harvest to be ready.
Is it okay to speed dry weed?
Obviously, your buds must be completely dried before you can even consider utilizing them. Buds that aren’t dry may burn unevenly, be difficult to keep lit, and be difficult to grind up. You could choose to utilize a moist product for other purposes, such as hash manufacturing.
It takes time to dry weed correctly. The slower you go, the more enjoyable your smoking experience will be. As many of your buds as feasible should be properly dried and cured, with as few as possible being quickly dried.
However, there are situations when you may need to speed up the procedure a little bit. It’s possible that your stash is empty and you want some more. You will be tempted to dry some buds for fast usage if you don’t have the funds to acquire more before your own cannabis is ready.
If you have to hurry the drying process, your product will taste quite “green.” This is because putting the plant under stress to eliminate moisture fast causes the cell walls to break and chlorophyll to leak out.
When the bud is properly dried, however, chlorophyll breaks down into different, sweeter, and funkier-smelling terpenes. It takes significantly longer, but the end product is far superior. Curing helps this as well. Cannabis that has been dried at temperatures higher than 72 degrees Fahrenheit has a propensity to become crispy and can burn extremely hot and harshly.
Using brown paper bags
Simple brown paper bags, such as those used in bakeries, are ideal for drying flower. Popcorn buds, in particular. Place a handful or two of newly groomed smaller nugs in a paper bag and set aside for 2-7 days to dry.
You may possibly speed things up by placing the bag on a PC or laptop fan. Fans on computers and laptops exhaust heated air to keep the device’s internal workings cool. Turn the buds over every 10 minutes or so, until they are completely dry.
Even if it takes an hour or more, the buds will still be potent. You shouldn’t anticipate a full bouquet of scents. Instead, expect a somewhat acrimonious smoke.
Drying in a boiler room
A boiler room is found in almost every home. The chamber is kept quite warm by the water boiler within, and relative humidity is kept to a minimum. This is an excellent location for drying cannabis quickly. All little buds should be placed in brown bags, while larger buds can be hung with thread as usual for drying.
The main difference is that you will increase the temperature by turning on the hot water heater. If you leave the hot water running for the majority of the time, you can thoroughly dry large crops in three days. This approach does have a disadvantage in that it will raise utility costs.
If you utilize standard heat settings, tiny buds should be dry enough to smoke in around 3-5 days, while heavier hanging colas will need 6–7 days. Although this approach has a smaller influence on quality than others, the buds will still be unappealing.
Since the beginning, outdoor cannabis producers have dried buds on rocks in the sunshine. It’s not the most efficient way to dry cannabis, but it gets the job done. Quality will be harmed by both heat and sunshine.
If you need to dry tiny buds quickly and it’s hot and sunny outside, throwing a handful of popcorn buds in a brown bag and sun-drying them should suffice. To prevent a blast of wind from destroying your weed supply, use a boulder to weigh down the bag. Then there’s the game of waiting.
You should have some crispy buds to toke on after 1-2 days of warm, dry, sunny conditions.
Electric or gas-powered heater
This technique is ideal for drying big quantities of cannabis. Either an electric or a gas-powered heater will suffice. Make sure the space you’re working in is dry and properly aired before you begin. Examine your buds to make sure they’re not too close together since this might lead to mold growth.
Mold spreads quickly, spoiling the plant and rendering it almost useless. A heater is a wonderful way to quickly dry buds; however, don’t leave it on for too long. You could wind up with weed that has a strong flavor. The length of time you should do this is determined by the heater’s power and size.
Bake the buds
Decarboxylation is frequently achieved by baking cannabis. Except you’re not attempting to decarb the buds; instead, you’re just trying to dry them out enough. This is one of the quickest methods for drying weed. You’ll need an oven pan, such as a cookie sheet, for this approach.
Place your buds on the baking sheet and bake them for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 125-140 degrees Fahrenheit. For even drying, flip them every 5 minutes. This technique is quite successful at eliminating the moisture from the bud. The flavor, however, cannot be compared to that of slowly dried buds, and you will notice the harshness.
It’s crucial to keep an eye on the temperature of your oven during this procedure. Cooking your buds at a higher temperature may appear to speed up the process, but it will almost certainly damage the cannabinoids and terpenes, rendering them useless.
Use a microwave
Microwave your buds on 50 percent power or less and spread them out on a microwavable dish. Give your buds a ten-second blast at a time, checking after each cook.
If you unintentionally overdry your buds, a zipper bag and some orange peel can help to restore moisture. However, restoring them to their original texture may take many hours.