We have all been there. Looking down at a bag of overly damp or even wet weed that is not smokeable. You might have recently harvested a few plants and cannot wait for it all to be perfectly dried and cured.
It is worth noting that correctly drying and curing your cannabis plant is essential if you want to experience your cannabis strain at its full potential with minimal harshness and get the most out of your high.
However, it is possible for you to quickly dry your bud to sample if you cannot wait long enough. While some of these popular methods may degrade the psychoactive compounds of your weed, at least they will allow you to smoke some bud until the rest of your harvest is ready.
Is it okay to speed dry weed?
Obviously, you need to dry your weed before you can even think about using it. Buds that are not fully dry will burn unevenly, be a chore to keep lit and be nearly impossible to grind up.
Make sure your buds are properly dry if you have plans to smoke them. For other uses, like hash making, for example, you might prefer to use a wet product.
Drying weed properly takes time. The slower you manage to do it the more pleasant your smoking experience. You should aim to properly dry and cure as many of your buds as possible and quick dry as few if any at all.
That said, there are sometimes occasions when you might need to rush the process slightly. You might have completely run out of smoke yourself. Without the means to buy some more before your own weed is ready, you will certainly be tempted to dry some buds for quick use.
If you do need to rush drying, you can expect your product to taste very “green”. This is because the stress you put the plant under to remove moisture quickly actually causes the cell walls to burst and for chlorophyll to be released.
By contrast, chlorophyll breaks down into other, tastier and funkier-smelling terpenes when the bud is dried correctly. It takes a lot longer but the result is so much better. Curing further improves this too.
Similarly, cannabis that has been dried at anything over the optimum temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit has a tendency to become crispy and may burn extra hot and harsh.
Using brown paper bags
Simple brown paper bags, like the kind you get from the bakery, are perfect for drying buds. Especially popcorn buds. If you place a handful or two of freshly manicured smaller nugs into a paper bag and leave them to dry for 2-7 days.
To potentially speed this up, you can put the bag onto a computer or laptop fan. Computers and laptops all have fans expelling warm air to keep the internal workings of the device cool. Turn buds over every 10 minutes or so, until they feel dry to the touch. This may take an hour or longer, but the buds will still pack a punch. Do not expect a full bouquet of aromas. Instead, prepare for a slightly harsh tasting smoke.
Drying in a boiler room
Most homes have a boiler room. The water boiler inside keeps the room temperature pretty warm and relative humidity is minimal. This is a great place to quick-dry cannabis. It is best to place all small buds in brown bags, but you can use string to hang bigger buds as you usually would when drying.
The big difference is that you are going to turn up the heat by switching on the hot water heater. You can completely dry huge harvests in 3 days if you leave the hot water on for most of that time. It is certainly a downside to this method because it will spike the utility bills. If you decide to use normal heat settings, expect the small buds to be dry enough to smoke in closer to 3-5 days, with thicker hanging colas requiring 6–7 days. This method has a lower impact on quality than most, but the buds still will not taste fantastic.
Outdoor weed growers have dried buds placed on rocks in direct sunlight since the start. It is certainly not the most efficient method to dry cannabis, but it works. Both heat and sunlight will degrade quality.
However, if you want to dry small buds fast and it is hot and sunny outside, you could certainly succeed by tossing a handful of popcorn buds in a brown bag and sun-drying them. Make sure to use a rock to weigh down the bag of weed to prevent a gust of wind from ruining your supply. Then you play the waiting game. After 1-2 days of warm, dry, sunny weather, you should have some crispy buds to toke on.
Electric or gas-powered heater
This method is suitable for drying large amounts of cannabis. You will need either an electric or gas-powered heater. Before you start, make sure that the room you are using is dry and well ventilated. Inspect your buds and confirm that they are not sitting too close together, as this could result in mold growth.
Mold spreads very fast, and it spoils the weed, making it nearly unusable. A heater is a good method for drying buds fast; however, be careful not to do this for too long. You could end up with harsh-tasting weed. The length of time you should do this for depends on the power and size of your heater.
Bake the buds
Baking weed is often done for the purposes of decarboxylation. Except here, you are not trying to decarb the buds, you just simply want to dry them enough. This is one of the fastest ways to dry weed. For this method, you will need an oven tray such as a cookie sheet. Place your buds on the tray and put them in the oven to bake for 10 minutes. Set the temperature between 125-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Flip them every 5 minutes for even drying.
This method is very effective at removing the bud’s moisture. However, the taste cannot be compared to that of slowly dried buds, and you will definitely taste the harshness.
It is important to be mindful of your oven’s temperature during this process. Cooking your buds at a higher temperature may seem like it would get the job done quicker, but it will most likely just degrade the cannabinoids and terpenes, making it potentially unusable.
Use a microwave
Set your microwave to around 50 percent power or less and spread your buds on a microwavable plate. Give your buds a blast for 10 seconds at a time and check after each cook.
If you do accidentally overdry your buds, you can restore some moisture to them using a ziplock bag and some orange peel. However, it may take a few hours to restore them back to a preferred texture.