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.
How To Dry Your Fresh Cannabis Buds Quickly
Published : May 12, 2018
Categories : Other subjects
All that time watching your baby plant grow has finally paid off. You now have many grams of weed ready to smoke—but wait. it’s still too humid. Well, wait no more, we have the solution for you!
So, your current stash just ran out, but you have a rack full of freshly cut buds. This is a situation a lot of growers come across: they’ll smoke the last harvest before the new one comes around.
Do not worry. Today, we’ll be going through some methods you can use to smoke your bud either immediately after you harvest, or just a few hours later. All these solutions are very effective, but won’t come highly recommended from most sources. If you want to get the best quality out of your smoke, you should allow your nugs to dry and cure for a few weeks. But in case you don’t have the time, let’s dive into the first method.
We’ve found a couple of different procedures to go about this method, so we’ll be giving you the one we found to be the safest and least risky. But feel free to explore the web for a quicker solution.
All you’ll need is a plate and a paper towel, besides the obvious weed and microwave. Grind your bud to desired size and place it on the plate. Spread this out to occupy as much surface area as you can. You want the thinnest layer of bud possible. Then, place a dry paper towel on top of your bud, covering all of it. Set your microwave to about 30% of its highest power and leave the plate there for about 10 seconds.
When this is done, remove your plate and stir the weed. Check to see if it’s dry enough. If not, replace the paper towel and repeat the process until you feel satisfied.
This is probably the easiest and most convenient method. There is nothing different that you have to do other than your normal routine. Just insert your fresh herb into your vaporizer and you’re good to go.
Vaporizers don’t burn plant matter, so the extra humidity won’t be too much of a problem. This method only extracts the cannabinoids in your herb. Experiment with the settings if you have the option to. Try with a lower temperature at first; the lower the temperature, the less water vapour you’ll be smoking.
If you want easy results, this is the method for you. On the other hand, it might be the method that wastes the most weed. Leave it in there for too long and the THC in your buds will start to degrade. Furthermore, if the temperature is too high, you can burn your stash and ruin the whole experience. Be sure only to use this method for herb you’re about to smoke. Storing decarboxylated cannabis for long periods is a bad idea.
Taking all of this into consideration, set your oven to a maximum temperature of 60ºC. Anything higher than this will burn your THC and resin glands, rendering your stash far less potent and enjoyable. Leave your bud in there for 10 minutes, then take it out. Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes, stir, and repeat the process if you feel there is still too much moisture in the buds.
TIN FOIL AND A LAMP
For this one, you’ll need to know what kind of light bulb and lamp you have. Try to find one in your house where this information is disclosed on the bulb itself. You DON’T want a bulb with an output higher than 40 watts. That will burn your bud and delicious trichomes.
Once you have selected your lamp and bulb of choice, loosely place a sheet of tin foil on top of the lampshade so that the light hits it from below. Once this is done, simply place your weed on the foil and turn the light on. Stir every 5 minutes or so until you feel satisfied with the results. The number of times you’ll have to do this will vary a lot depending on your weed, light bulb, and lampshade.
SILICA GEL PACKS
You’ve been throwing away silica gel packs since you can remember, right? Well, from now on, keep them stored for the future. Anywhere between 5 to 10 should be enough. This technique might take you a few hours, but it sure won’t burn your weed or waste any of your cannabinoids.
Fill a small jar with as many silica packs you can. Then, grind your bud with your hands and place it inside the jar with the silica packs. Ideally, you want this mixture of weed and silica to fill the whole jar. So, either look for a small jar or more packs. This will take longer than the other methods, but it won’t take more than a single afternoon. Check the moisture of the herb every hour or so until you feel satisfied.
TIME IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Independently of how well these methods work, nothing beats patience. Whether in terms of cannabinoids or terpenes, you’ll be losing quality in one aspect or another. There is a reason why with all of today’s technological advancements, growers still let their buds dry on a rack and cure in a jar. It’s the best way.
And obviously, nothing beats the sweet feeling of waiting a few weeks and achieving the perfect balance of flavours and cannabinoids that Mary Jane has to offer. Go out and try these techniques for yourself; even though they aren’t the best methods, sometimes they’re just what you need in a pinch. Good luck!
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