Nothing is worse than rolling a joint with too dry grass. The only result we can expect is a dense smoke and a smell of burnt grass. The experience of smoking old and dusty marijuana is not something you dream about, but lousy preservation of your stock of inflorescences can put you in front of this problem.
In this article, we at ErbadiGrace want to examine six valid methods that can be easily used by any grower and lover of this beautiful product.
What is the ideal moisture content for cannabis?
Fortunately these days, the labs are testing this kind of thing. Third-party lab tests help ensure that cannabis is consistent, regardless of who makes and prepares it. That being said, there are still significant differences, but the test results help manufacturers maintain consistency from one stock and another. The moisture content will also change when the product moves from the grower to the packaging plant and then into the dispensary.
Humidity varies from one environment to another and may affect the content within the product. Generally, a high-quality product should have between 6 and 15% humidity. Anything above 15 per cent could suggest some problems. Mould or fungal infection is not something you would like to have in your product. Just like dehydrated grass is a problem, so it is a super wet grass. Look for a little crunch on the flower, but it should not pulverise when handled.
How to rehydrate the grass
It’s all right and discusses the correct moisture ratio of cannabis, but what happens if your lawn is always dry. Maybe you left the plastic bag open or found a bare piece under your sofa. It’s time to dampen that bad boy and make him much better for your next smoking session.
1. Proper conservation
The essential point to correct the humidity in cannabis is conservation. You may not be able to do much for the process that leads to your purchase, but you can protect it later. And no, it is not necessary to make a considerable investment. It’s as simple as finding a sealable glass container. Cannabis deteriorates through a process called oxidation. It also decomposes through exposure to light. If you have left a piece of flower in the open air, exposed to the rays of the sun, you will soon realise that it loses its fist. The tasty terpenes and potent cannabinoids slowly turn into dust and dirt.
Look for dark glass containers with a tight lid. If you do not have an opaque glass container, you can always keep a simple, transparent jar inside a dark cabinet. The plastic is technically breathable, so avoid storing it in plastic bags, even if your retailer has sold it in one of these.
2. Lemon or Orange Peel
But what if your grass is already super dry? There are ways around this problem, including the right old orange peel (or lemon) makeup. Even a few centimetres deep citrus peel can make your stock spicier and make it much more smokable than before.
Remove a strip from an orange or a lemon, place the peel in the airtight jar and close. You should check every day or so, and once the cannabis has reached a right level of hydration, remove the peel. The only problem with a citrus peel is that it can carry unwanted pathogens in your jar. If you leave it too long, they can start growing on your grass and make it mouldy.
3. Distilled water
The next option is a little less risky for introducing pathogens into your supply. It still requires careful monitoring, but from the moment, distilled water will not add anything dangerous into the storage container. Furthermore, you will not always smoke orange flavoured herb.
Take a small Ziploc snack bag and insert a folded paper towel inside. Using only distilled water, moisten the paper towel and seal the bag. It must not be wet, just wet. Make some holes in the bag and put it in the glass jar. Through the dots, the humidity will naturally travel to the tops.
Again, this method should not take too long to rehydrate cannabis. Keep an eye on your stock. While the distilled water contains no contaminants, your herb could. If some microorganisms live dormant in your vessel, it probably won’t take too long to start growing again.
Far away, when the humidifiers were a more common storage container. Your grandfather, perhaps even your father, had one to keep Cuban cigars in relative humidity. Today, with the advent of cannabis inflorescences, comes a new wave of specific humidifiers. Although these are slightly more elaborate and a much more expensive option, they have been explicitly designed for your stock.
A typical cannabis humidor is made from cedar and has a moisture control inside. Some of the high-end options also include a hygrometer, which is a device for measuring the moisture content of the air. If you have the funds and want to cure a perfect smoking experience, a humidor is undoubtedly an option to evaluate.
5. Pezzo di pane
Another do-it-yourself option is to use a piece of bread. It works in a flash and will take no more than a few hours to transfer its moisture into the flower. It is the same principle that you might have used to keep your brown sugar hardened. At the molecular level, the water molecules move from the fresh slice of the bread and are absorbed by your dry peaks.
Just like with orange peel, and to a lesser extent distilled water method, this method is a temporary solution. Bread, just like orange peel, can carry micro-organisms with it. If left unattended, the meal can encourage the growth of mould and yeast. If you rehydrate your herb with bread (or any other food), we recommend that you smoke it in a short time.
6. BOVEDA moisture control bags
A better long-term solution than a piece of bread is moisture packs. These packages, sold in dispensaries and many online sites, are sterile packets of humidity checked in part. Without introducing harmful microorganisms into your supply, they will transfer some moisture and keep your stash fresh. The concept is essentially the opposite of the small packages of silicon found in a new shoe box. Instead of extracting moisture from your grass, it will put it in a circle.
This is a perfect solution for dry climates. If you find that your stock is always too dry and you want a safe way to keep it moist, these packages are convenient and practical. It is not necessary to keep an eye on the storage container, and the bags are replaceable if needed.
Learning how to rehydrate your herb is one of the easiest ways to get the most out of your product, even if it is dry as a bone. Some methods are more effective than others. And some options work for a while, but not long term.