How to Rehydrate Weed
A problem that some growers and distributors run into is over dried marijuana. This can be due to many factors; the grower left it hanging too long, or you took the marijuana from a moist climate (like the Willamette Valley of Oregon) to a dry climate (like Reno, Nevada), or whatever the reason. If this is your situation, don’t worry, there are some things you can try. Here are some of the best tips that I found on the net:
1. Get a cotton ball wet
place it in tin foil, poke holes in tin foil. Let it sit in jar with bud, for couple hours, should return moisture to your buds.
2. Put your cannabis in a jar along with a few fresh orange peels.
Shake the jar or rearrange the nugs and peels every four hours so to ensure better moisture distribution. Be careful how many orange peels you use cuz you can easily over moisturize your nugs. Have used it many times before with “crumbly” bud.
3. Use a damp paper towel.
Don’t soak it too much because then you could create moisture issues, or mold.
4. Skin just the outer layer of a lemon peel and stick it a jar overnight.
A couple of strips will do. Remove the peels in the morning to prevent mold. You should be good after that. Just keep “burping” the jars a regular intervals and the faint smell of lemon should dissipate as well.
5. Take a fresh small bud from a live weed plant
You can monitor it and take it out once the desired moisture has been achieved, or even add another if that one dried out.
6. Put it in a bag with a slice (or small piece) of white bread.
Leave it overnight and it can bring back just the right amount of moisture to your weed.
7. Try a piece of lettuce
It works well and doesn’t affect the flavor. I would start with about 3 hours.
8. A piece of apple
It does not contain the aromatic oils of the citrus fruit and none of the yeast which could also cause mold, in the bread.
Back in the day, when I was an ignorant teenager and smoked bammer weed, I remember my best friend would buy pounds of ‘brick weed.’ We would have to ‘steam it’ in order to make it more appealing for the rookie marketplace. The process was an age old method that was handed down by a family friend. We would get a t-shirt (preferably one that was used for this process, for reasons that will become apparent) and a cooking pot w/ lid. We would lay the shirt out on a table and put the brick weed in the middle of the shirt and place the lid of the pot over the brick weed (as much weed that would fit under the lid). Then we would bundle up the shirt to where when you placed the t-shirt-wrapped lid onto the pot, it would suspend the brick weed over the boiling water with a layer of t-shirt in between. As the steam rose from the boiling water, it would moisten the t-shirt, and allow just the right amount of moisture through the fabric and onto the brick weed. The brick weed would break up, become fluffier, and dislodge quite a bit of seeds. Of course, the t-shirt was ruined except for steaming more bammer. Some of the weed would be lost in the process (cling to the t-shirt), but the loss was so minimal and the crappy weed was so cheap that it didn’t matter.
As for adding moisture to good weed; There were dozens, if not hundreds of tricks on the internet to add moisture to weed. The best ones (in my opinion and from my experience) were listed above, and worked in my experiments. The main thing is finding something that has moisture in it, putting it in a closed container with the dry weed, and let time take its course. Check back periodically to make sure that it isn’t getting too moist or adding mildew. Some moist things work better than others. My personal favorite is ‘iceberg’ lettuce. Like the guy said above, it doesn’t have a smell (unlike the other options), which can be a problem with veteran smokers. When people try to do the orange peel method in my area, I often hear ‘This isn’t good weed; this is just beast with some artificial citrus smell added to it!’ Lettuce doesn’t have that problem, and ‘iceburg’ lettuce has the most moisture. Get a thick, gnarly piece near the base of the head of lettuce; the part that you probably wouldn’t want to eat.