What to Do if Your Weed Gets Wet
We’re all human. Mistakes happen. Anyone who smokes frequently eventually loses their weed, accidentally throws it away, or even spills a drink all over their stash. The “my weed got wet” moment isn’t a fun one. If you’re reading this now for that very reason, you’re probably asking a few questions. Can you still smoke weed if it gets wet? What happens when weed gets wet? What the best way to dry wet weed? Fortunately for you, we know a few methods for safely drying it out. These tricks won’t work every time, but it’s worth a shot, right?
The Problem With Wet Weed
You might be tempted to just ignore the fact that your weed is wet – we suggest not doing this. First off, over time, wet weed will develop mold. Moldy weed is dangerous to your health, so you should do everything you can to prevent its development. Additionally, wet marijuana is almost impossible to grind; and even if it was already ground before it got wet, it’s incredibly difficult to burn. Finally, even if you do manage to somehow get it to burn, it’ll taste awful. Damp, acrid weed with excess water vapor due to moisture is a very unpleasant experience. Trust us.
There are three specific occurrences that, unfortunately, make it unsafe to smoke your bud. Regardless of whether you dry it out successfully, weed is no longer safe to smoke if it’s been run through the washing machine or dropped in a pool or the ocean. Marijuana that’s been contaminated by sea salt or chemicals like chlorine and detergent aren’t safe to smoke.
How to Dry Your Wet Weed
The Paper Method
If you’re wondering how to dry wet weed, there are two primary options: the paper method and the rice method. The paper method is the fastest way to dry weed. Just follow these steps:
- Break up your nugs into smaller pieces
- Tightly wrap your wet marijuana in thick paper towels
- Place your wrapped weed in a dry, dark area
- Turn on a nearby fan or dehumidifier (not necessary, but helps prevent mold)
- Change the paper every few hours until your weed is dry
One downside to this method is a higher potential for mold. Because it’ll be in direct contact with the paper that’s absorbing water, there’s a chance that moisture will build and mold will grow. Make sure to keep an eye out for this if you choose the paper method.
The Rice Method
This method takes a little more time, but mold is much less likely to grow in the process. The rice method works for weed the same way it does for wet electronics. Follow these steps:
- Place your weed in a container of rice (mason jars are ideal)
- Put your uncovered container of rice in a dry, dark area
- Turn on a nearby fan or dehumidifier (not necessary, but helps prevent mold)
- Leave the marijuana in rice for 24 hours
- If there’s any leftover moisture, break up your weed nugs and commence with the paper method
The biggest downside to this method is that your bud will likely be covered in residual rice flower and have a faint rice smell (however, this is part of what makes it work so effectively).
What Not To Do
If you’re wondering how to dry weed as fast as possible, please refer to one of the two methods above. Other, quicker methods won’t be nearly as effective. Blow drying, putting it in the sun, and especially microwaving weed are all going to lower the quality of your bud and make it much harsher to smoke. Even leaving it out in the open with a fan may result in a lower-quality smoking experience. Also note that heat, light and humidity all increase the likelihood of growing mold. Instead, take your time, use one of the two methods above, and dry your wet bud in a dark, dry, well-ventilated area.
As we’ve previously stated, it’s really unhealthy to inhale mold. We know it’s sad, but you’re better off throwing away moldy weed than smoking it and getting really sick. Plus, moldy weed will taste absolutely disgusting. Both before and after you dry it, check your weed for mold. Generally speaking, mold will form as a powdery white substance on the surface of your nugs. Dark spots or yellow/gray fuzz may also appear where it shouldn’t, along with slime and sickly smell. If your weed has been wet and shows any of these sings, toss it.
How To Avoid Getting Your Weed Wet
Correct cannabis storage will ensure your weed is less likely to get wet and more likely to stay in quality condition. Safe storage will also stop moisture from causing mold overtime. The answer to “does marijuana go bad” is a resounding yes. Poor storage can result in bad weed. Follow these tips to ensure your weed stays smokable and accident-proof.
- Use airtight jars to store weed in dry, dark places
- Only take out how much weed you’re going to smoke at any given time
- If you have to travel with weed, keep it in a small, air-tight container
- Keep your weed away from pools and never put it in your swimwear pockets
- Be gentle with your weed and treat it like it’s worth something (because it is!)
These storage and drying methods are tried-and-true, but we also know the cannabis community is a fairly crafty crew. Share your personal tips and tricks for drying and safely storing weed, below. We’re always looking for better ways to keep our weed safe and smokable.
We’re all human. Mistakes happen. Anyone who smokes frequently eventually loses their weed, accidentally throws it away, or even spills a drink all over their stash. The
What To Do If Your Weed Got Wet (Or Is Just Too Moist)
If your weed is wet, don’t panic. Whether you spilled a drink or your marijuana is just a little on the soggy side, we’re here to help. Here’s how to tell if your weed is too wet, what happens if you smoke it, and how you can dry it safely.
When it comes to storing weed, you want to maintain that sticky-icky sweet spot. Not too dry, not too moist, but just right. In service of perfectly preserved bud, a lot of articles focus on how to keep your weed from drying out. But, what do you do if your weed gets wet? And, how do you tell if your bud is just sticky, or too moist altogether?
Well, consider us the savants of ganja. We’ve already covered tips and tricks for preserving freshness and rescuing overly-dry buds. Now, let’s get into what you can do if your weed is too wet.
Is Your Weed Really Wet Or Just Sticky?
It can seem like a fine line between damp buds and sticky perfection. Here’s how you can tell whether your weed is dodgy:
If it squishes when you lightly squeeze it, your weed is likely too moist. Of course, you want a little stickiness. Perfectly cured buds feel sticky because they’re coated in THC crystals. But they still have a bit of bounce (not squish).
While wet weed might feel a little sticky to the touch, it won’t actually stick to your fingers. But that’s what you want—buds that feel like they’ve got a bit of honey on them. If it seems like you might find it at a Turkish bakery (think baklava), you’re good. If it seems a bit water-logged or spongy, you’ve got a problem on your hands.
What Happens If You Smoke Wet Weed?
Smoking weed that’s too wet isn’t typically dangerous. It won’t cause you to melt into a puddle, Wicked Witch of the West style. But, like smoking dried-out buds, smoking wet weed can be annoying and unpleasant. You’ll likely find that it’s hard to grind, doesn’t burn properly, and tastes bad. Crucially, it’s also possible that wet weed won’t get you as high (we bet that got your attention).
Why would wet weed be less effective? It’s not so much that moisture reduces its potency on a chemical level. The problem is more that overly moist buds are hard to burn. Also, needing to relight your bowl or joint over and over means you’ll inevitably waste more of your stash just trying to keep it burning.
If you bought weed that was already too moist, you could also be getting ripped off. Obviously, wet weed is heavier than bud that’s perfectly cured. That means you might have paid a water tax on your recent acquisition. The point is, wet weed equals more work, more waste, more money, and less enjoyment. All around, not ideal.
The Risks Of Wet Weed
While smoking wet weed isn’t necessarily bad for your health, for how long the weed stays wet does make a difference. A moist environment is a hotbed for mould, fungi, and bacteria. So, if you leave your weed wet for too long, you might end up with more than you bargained for. Smoking mouldy weed can lead to headaches, breathing problems, and even pneumonia. For that reason, if your weed got wet, it’s safer to dry it out right away.
Whatever drying method you use, you should check your weed for mould before and after the drying process. If you notice it smells a bit like last week’s takeaway, or if it has anything visibly growing on it, it’s probably safer to cut your losses and toss your stash. On that note, let’s get into exactly what you can do if your weed gets wet.
How To Dry Wet Weed
Maybe you’re a grower and didn’t cure it properly, maybe it rained while your weed was in your bag, or maybe you spilled a drink. Honestly, maybe it’s just incredibly humid outside. There are many reasons your weed might be holding a bit too much moisture. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to rectify the situation.
Rice To The Rescue
If you’ve ever spilled a drink on your cellphone, you’re probably familiar with this method. Well, it turns out uncooked rice is good for rescuing more than electronics. If your weed is wet, place it in a bowl or bag and cover it in rice.
The dry rice will absorb the excess moisture, returning your buds to their full glory. Depending on how wet your weed is, you should leave it in the rice for at least 24 hours. If it’s still too moist when you check it, give it another day or so. Just make sure to leave the rice container open so that humidity can escape.
Paper Over The Problem
Got wet weed? Don’t worry—you’ve got this in the bag. In other words, if your weed is a bit too moist, you can leave it to dry in a closed paper bag. Put the bag in a cool, dry place. If you have access to a dehumidifier, now is the time to turn it on. The bag will allow air to circulate, while protecting your buds from trichome-damaging light.
You can also try wrapping your cannabis in paper towels before placing it in the bag. Similarly to rice, the paper towel will help absorb some of the moisture. Replace the paper towel and turn over your weed every couple of hours, making sure to check it for mould. This will also allow any residual humidity to escape from the bag (again, airflow is key).
Cure Your Soggy Stash
If you’re a grower, you’re probably familiar with the fight against moisture and mould. After a successful harvest, it’s crucial to cure your buds properly. The equipment used for curing can also be used to remove moisture from previously perfect buds. If your weed is full-on wet, you might want to try the rice method first. If it’s just a little too damp, try adding a humidipak to your airtight storage container.
Products like the Boveda Humidipak 62 are designed to keep your buds at an optimal 62% humidity. They not only remove excess moisture, but add it back in when your weed gets too dry. That’s an added benefit. It ensures you won’t accidentally dry out your weed too much in the process of saving it from a soggy death.
When weed gets wet, it can be tempting to use heat to dry it. After all, chances are you want to smoke it sooner rather than later. Despite this all too natural impulse, it’s important to avoid shortcuts that involve light and heat.
Using a blow dryer, an oven, or spreading your weed out in the sun can leave you with a lower-quality stash. That’s because light and heat will degrade trichomes. What you save in time, you could lose in potency. Not only that, you run the risk of over-drying your buds, leading to a harsher, less enjoyable smoke.
Moisture Prevention: Store Your Weed Right
Wet weed is unpleasant at best, destructive at worse (hello mould!). While accidents happen, there are some steps you can take to prevent excess moisture from threatening your stash. The goal is that Goldilocks zone. Fresh is best, and it all starts with storing your cannabis properly. Keep your weed in an airtight container and put that container in a dry, dark, and cool place. Easy enough, right?
Mason jars work well, but if you really want to treat your weed right, invest in a specialised storage container. The CVault is both airtight and light-tight. It also comes with a humidipak to really help your stash last. Just stay away from plastic baggies. After all, you’re a cannabis connoisseur, and dime bags are so last season.
Written by: Cassie S.
Cassie is a writer with a background in public policy. She believes in harm reduction, ending stigma, and evidence-based practices. This applies to psychoactive substances, and to life in general.
Marijuana too moist? Hard to burn? Tastes bad? Wet weed can ruin your smoke. Luckily, you’ve got options. Here’s how to dry out wet cannabis.