If you’re fortunate to have fresh-off-the-plant bud, you will know that the fresher your bag, the harder it is to smoke. Marijuana needs a good amount of time to dry itself out, but we get it, you don’t get a fresh bag of pot just to look at it.
Here are some tried and true methods to quick-dry your cannabis to make them smokeable. Some of these methods are better than others, but in some way or another, cannabis users have satisfyingly passed their methods on to forums like those found at 420 Magazine.
Simply the easiest way to smoke fresh weed is through a vaporizer, which bypasses the plant matter anyway to burn only the cannabinoids in your plant. The downside of vaporizers is that it usually costs a lot for a really good one.
This is probably the quickest way to get your weed dried, BUT, you are quite possibly activating your THC (decarboxylation) – and storing decarboxylated weed for a long time is not recommended.
Usually, if you are decarboxylating using heat, such as in an oven, you should use the weed pretty much straightaway. Once THCA has converted to THC, it starts converting to CBN – so if you decarb your weed then store it for long periods you may find potency has gone down by a lot. On top of this, subjecting your cannabis to high temperatures in the oven can cause rapid loss of terpenes, which will make your weed less tasty.
This is a bit more “involved”, but it involves placing ¼ of a dry paper towel at the bottom of a Tupperware container, then placing some cut up, moist bud on top of that sheet. Wet 2 paper towels and cover the top of the container with those, and “half-snap” the lid shut so to let steam escape.
Put your microwave on 40%(ish) power and let the microwave go for a minute, taking your buds out after to let the steam go. Check the dryness of the buds and replace the paper towel on the bottom if it gets too wet or if the top towels get dry.
Essentially steaming the moisture out of your buds will help them dry quickly while allowing them to maintain their quality and potency.
The key with this method is to put the buds on the TOP of the toaster oven on a baking tray, NOT inside it. Place some cut up small pieces on the tray and let the heat from your toaster oven rise while turning your buds around every 5 minutes or so. It will take 20-30 minutes or so, but it doesn’t decarboxylate the THC as much as placing it in the oven would.
No matter whether you live in a place where you crank the heat or where air conditioning is your jam, placing your buds either under or on a vent that is blowing air into your house will get the air circulating within the bud to get that moisture drying. This is a slower method so many people leave the bud overnight or for a few hours, sitting in a baggie and secured, of course.
Many everyday electronics give off heat that can be used to quick-dry your marijuana. Top of the fridge, a TV monitor, a cable box, or the top of your computer tower may do the trick. Just make sure it’s not too hot!
The car window as you know is a collector of heat from the sun. Try placing your bag (in an envelope) on your dash and let the sun do the trick. Just make sure you don’t do this with the windows open or when you’re driving with the windows open. That’s a sure-fire way to lose your stash.
This could get dangerous if not watched with the closest eye, but if you want a quick solution, wrap your moist buds in some tin foil and place the foil on a light bulb, making sure to stir the bud every 30 seconds. This should dry your buds in anywhere from 1-3 minutes.
The toaster method involves laying your toaster on its side and placing your bud in foil while running the toaster on its lowest settings. Smart users will build in a method to retrieve the foil pack to avoid the potential of electrocution because we all learned as kids NEVER to stick anything in the toaster but bread!
This involves placing water in a pot about 1/3 of the way up and letting it come to a boil. Place a good amount of weed on a plate (NOT plastic!). Place the plate on the top of the pot and let the steam coming up from the boiling water remove the moisture from the weed. Pro Tip: Once your weed is dry, make sure you gather the buds rather than pouring them into a bowl because the steam that has collected could spill down the plate and wet your buds all over again.
Silica gel or Desiccant Packs are designed to remove moisture and keep moisture away from areas where it can cultivate. Placing your bud along with a silica gel pack or desiccant pack can help hasten the process for sucking up the moisture in your bud. You can get these items in auto shops, stores, and most likely any bag or pair of shoes you’ve bought. But remember as the package always warns: “Toxic, Do Not Eat!”
The best method of all the methods to dry your marijuana? Time. Simply just being patient and allowing your natural air from in your environment to do its thing with your buds will ensure the integrity and potency of your weed is intact.
Every enthusiast gets the conundrum of wanting to smoke weed when all you have is moist bud. Just plan better next time to allow your plant has sufficient time to dry to remain at its best and keep you happily high.