How to Dry Weed Fast: 3 tips you will love!
We’ve all been there. Looking down at a bag of overly damp or even wet weed that just won’t burn. You might have recently cropped a few plants and can’t wait for it all to be perfectly dried and cured or maybe your guy might have sold you something that’s not quite reached its best.
Either way, it’s annoying! Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help the process along a little.
In the following article, we’ll look at a load of topics relating to quick-drying cannabis. They include:
- Should I even be trying to quick dry?
- The best way to dry weed.
- The fastest way to dry weed.
- Alternative ways to fast dry your weed.
As you’ll see, the fastest way to dry weed certainly isn’t the right way to do it. However, there’s a time and a place for these techniques. We’ve all had to use them at some point and if someone says they’ve never hurried a bud along at all, they’re probably lying.
Should I Even be Rushing to Dry My Bud?
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 will infuriate the hell out of you – if you’ve ever tried to use your grinder with wet weed, you’ll know what we mean! Even an absolute beast, like the Banana Bros Otto Mill & Fill, will struggle with damp weed!
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.
However, should you quick-dry your buds? The answer is almost always a firm no. Drying weed properly takes time. The slower you manage to do it, whilst still avoiding bud rot, 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 produce is ready, you’ll 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 (the stuff that makes a plant green) 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 21°C has a tendency to become crispy and may burn extra hot and harsh.
The Best Way to Dry Weed
Before we explain exactly how you shouldn’t dry weed (unless in an emergency), we’ll first give you some pointers to show you how you should be doing it.
For the smoothest toke and the maximum flavour possible, cannabis should be dried slowly. Whether you want to trim your buds before or after the drying process is a matter of personal preference. Some prefer to trim when leaves are still fresh since the task is arguably easier. However, others swear by drying before trimming. If you’re trimming a serious amount of bud, you might want to invest in some electric secateurs, like the Trim’s Matic Electric Hand Held Trimmer. Either way, the drying technique should be the same.
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You want to hang your buds in a dark space that retains a constant temperature of around 21°C and stays at about 50% humidity. Thermometers and humidity readers can give exact measurements but if space feels about room temperature and you don’t live in a particularly dry or wet part of the world, your humidity levels will probably be fine.
Grow Box Dryer
Hang your buds up by the stems in the space so that none of them touches each other or other surfaces. A coat hanger is great for this job but some growers prefer to use a designated drying rack, like those by Yield Lab. Meanwhile, a fan will increase air circulation, which will help to prevent bud rot. Don’t blast the fan directly at the buds though. This tends to dry parts unevenly, with those drying fastest ending up crispy.
Check the progress after around three days by trying to break the stem of one of your drying buds. If it snaps with a break rather than a bend, it’s good to go. If not, you need to wait for a little longer.
Since buds are usually vastly different sizes and densities, even from the same grow, they might be ready at different times. Just start curing as and when each reaches the correct water content – judged using the stem snap test.
To really get the best taste from your weed, you want to be curing it for around two weeks. This process involves storing buds in a canning jar, releasing moisture build-up twice a day. You should also regularly rearrange the buds to avoid getting damp spots from any residual moisture.
During the curing process, this residual moisture spreads to the drier parts of the plant. Essentially, it further slows the drying process. During this phase, different components of the plant start to break down into various fragrant terpenes. Once dried and cured properly, it’s ready to hit the bong or vape!
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How to Dry Weed Fast
As you can see, drying weed correctly isn’t a particularly difficult task. It does take time though. The difference between a properly dried weed and quickly dried weed is huge in taste, smell, and bag appeal. However, if you really need your weed fast, you can consider speed drying some buds to tide you over.
Any way of getting a consistently warm environment for your buds will work. However, we do recommend a few different methods.
Microwave – The Fastest Way to Dry Your Buds
The nuclear option – literally. If you really can’t wait 15 or 20 minutes for your weed, you can always use your microwave. Smokeable (if you can call it that) in just seconds, the quality of the resulting cannabis is questionable, to say the least.
If you really can’t wait to pack your rolling papers with your product, this is undoubtedly the fastest method. Whilst that’s the only award this method is winning, it’s comforting to know that it is possible for really desperate times!
Set your microwave to around 50% 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. They will be done in just a few and overdone very quickly afterwards.
If you do accidentally overdry your buds, you can restore some moisture to them using a ziplock bag and some orange peel. A few hours in there with the peel and your weed will freshen up. Let’s be serious though, if you overdry your smoke using the microwave, you’re not going to be waiting a few hours to freshen it up again!
If you’re fast-drying a reasonable amount of weed, the oven is probably your best bet. You can set it to the temperature you want and usually set an alarm too.
Spread your buds evenly out across a cookie sheet and place them in a preheated oven. The temperature should not exceed 60°C or you risk burning the cannabinoids and decreasing potency.
After five minutes, check nothing is burning with a quick visual inspection. Reduce the temperature if necessary. Bake the weed for another 5 minutes before leaving it outside of the oven cooling for another 5 minutes. Return the cookie sheet to the oven for a further 10 minutes and it should be ready to use. Prepare for some of the worst buds you will ever taste. It will still get you blazed though!
Rather than speed drying a heap of your freshly grown Grade A smoke, you might be doing the sensible thing and letting it dry and cure properly. However, if you run out of your own supplies in the meantime, it might be a few days until you can restock.
If you just want to fast dry a few small buds to keep you smiling for a few days, consider using a light bulb. They provide a pretty consistent source of heat and, providing you keep the power below 100w, you won’t be frying your stash. You want to get your buds within around 2” of the bulb itself where there is a nice heat. A tinfoil bowl over the top of a standard lampshade works excellently for this.
Make sure to turn your buds frequently for around 10 to 15 minutes. When they feel dry throughout they’re ready for use. But again, beware. Going from sodden to smokeable in less than an hour will definitely result in some wack tasting weed!
In the Boiler Room
Your boiler room will maintain a pretty consistent temperature that’s warmer than the rest of the house. Slightly cooler than a light bulb or the oven and a hell of a lot cooler than the microwave, the boiler room provides something of a compromise in the quick-dry weed world.
Place your buds in some brown bags (make sure not to pack them too tightly) and sit them close to the boiler. They should be ready to use in a few hours. This longer drying time will result in the slightly better tasting but this should never be a substitute for proper drying and curing.
Perhaps the slowest of the ways to get your weed fast is by using a food dehydrator. Instead of food items, just put your buds in there and use it in the same way you would with any other foodstuff. Since it takes 12 hours, rather than 10 minutes, the taste is much better than it would be if you were to just use the oven.
The said, it really won’t be comparable to properly cured, slowly dried cannabis – probably nothing ever will be either!
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Don’t Destroy Your Weed!
Hopefully, after reading this you’ll have realized that quick-drying a harvest is not a good idea. Although you can have weed ready to smoke in just 10 minutes or less, the experience will not be anywhere near as enjoyable.
Drying above the optimum temperature will result in crispy weed that burns hot and tastes pretty foul. Whilst it will get you high, you’ll end up with a lot of marijuana that you won’t be all that proud of.
If you really must dry your weed fast, use one of the above methods on a few small buds. It’s better to quickly dry a little amount often. All the time it spends hanging in optimum conditions will improve the quality, even if it is only an additional day or two.
As a general rule of thumb, the faster you dry your buds, the worse it will taste. We recommend the brown bags in the boiler room method over the others since the end product shouldn’t be anywhere near as harsh and it doesn’t require specialist equipment. If at all possible, save nuking it in the microwave for the most desperate times!
That’s about all there is to quick-drying your buds. Generally speaking, you want to avoid it. However, there’s a time and place for everything, and knowing these few ideas might just bail you out of a tight jam. Happy toking!
We’ve all been there. Looking down at a bag of overly damp or even wet weed that just won’t burn. You might have recently cropped a few plants and can’t wait for it all to be perfectly dried and cured or maybe your guy might have sold you something that’s not quite reached its best. Either way, it’s annoying! Fortunat
How To Dry Cannabis Quickly
You want the truth about quick drying cannabis? We think you can handle it. So in this blog, we’ve compiled the best methods to get you a fast stash post-harvest. We can’t promise perfection but these methods will put a rush on the drying process and give you a decent bud to toke on.
OK, so you have cannabis plants close to harvest and insufficient marijuana reserves to see you through the typical 30+ day period between harvest and cured finished product. Perhaps you don’t even have a stash to make it through the average 1–2 weeks it takes to dry buds conventionally? Or perhaps you are just curious whether or not your flowers are ready to harvest? Regardless of your personal motivations, you have plenty of options when it comes to quickly drying cannabis. The problem is, the most popularised quick-dry methods will degrade buds so much in the process, they are hardly worth the effort.
Our readers deserve better. Not only will we break down simple ways to speed-dry Sinsemilla without ruining your reefer. We have also included a sticky surprise in the text for those cannabis concentrate lovers seeking more flavoursome extracts using the fresh non-dried material.
BROWN BAGS AND COMPUTER FANS
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 nuggets into a paper bag and leave them to dry for 2–3 days your halfway there. Ideally, you should leave them another 3 days to dry completely. But if you’re in a hurry, proceed to the next step.
Next, turn on your laptop and figure out where the fan is. Modern laptops all have fans expelling warm air to keep the internal workings of the device cool. Place the small half-dry nuggets on a paper towel on the keyboard. Or on a paper towel directly in front of the fan vents, if you have a model that vents a different way. 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. Don’t expect a full bouquet of aromas or mouth-watering flavour, rather an acceptable if a little harsh tasting smoke.
CONVERT THE BOILER ROOM INTO A DRYING BOX
Most private homes have a boiler room. The water boiler inside keeps the boiler room temperature pretty cosy and relative humidity is minimal. This is a great place to quick-dry cannabis. It’s 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. That’s sure to spike the utility bills. With normal use, expect the small buds to be dry enough to smoke in just 3–4 days, with thicker hanging colas requiring 6–7 days. This method has a lower impact on quality than most, but the buds still won’t taste fantastic.
ALTERNATIVE: GO LIVE
The dabbing trend of 2018 is live resin concentrates. Even the most potent extracts like wax and shatter have some room for improvement. Using fresh frozen flowers rather than carefully dried and cured buds is the breakthrough US extract artists have made to produce gourmet concentrates with far more terpenes. Something is definitely lost in transition with the standard BHO extraction methods. Live resin boasts the same skyhigh potency with a vastly improved flavour profile. Unfortunately, this is probably out of reach to the average ordinary home grower. The cannabis must be kept at subcritical temperatures for the entire extraction process and you really need lab conditions and equipment to accomplish this. Nonetheless it’s a top-shelf treat coming to all good cannabis clubs, coffee shops, and dispensaries in 2018. Be on the lookout for names like “sauce”, “sap”, and “syrup” popping up on the menu.
Outdoor ganja farmers have dried marijuana placed on rocks in direct sunlight for thousands of years. It’s 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’s hot and sunny outside, you could do worse than tossing a handful of popcorn buds in a brown bag and sun-drying them. Best use a rock to weigh down the bag of buds in direct sunlight, you don’t want a gust of wind swiping your weed. Then you play the waiting game. After a day or two of warm dry sunny weather, you should have some crispy buds to toke on. Again flavour and potency will have deteriorated, so you are not getting the most from your marijuana with this method.
Baking buds in the oven is a horrible idea. Just don’t do it. It really is a waste of weed. Oven temperatures are far, far, far too hot for cannabis. Even on a low setting—still too hot. Sure the buds will dry out in minutes, but you’ll also have cooked off most of the cannabinoids. These buds will taste like burnt plant material and won’t get you high.
Microwave marijuana is another guaranteed disappointment. Nuking buds with 10-second blasts in the microwave is a disastrous way to dry weed. These methods likely origins are “the big book of bad ideas” and are to be avoided.
We all know that you really ought to slowly dry and cure marijuana. Sometimes you need to test for potency or just need a stash. Let’s talk quick drying weed.