It can happen to anyone. But, all is not lost.
It’s best to avoid cannabis that’s too dry or too wet. When too wet, cannabis is hard to grind, doesn’t burn well, often tastes bad, and many report that it’s not as potent. In addition, wet cannabis harbors the increased possibility of mold formation, something with known dangers to human health. To prevent these, here’s how to fix wet weed.
It’s entirely possible to rescue moist cannabis, and several methods exist for doing so.
The Rice Method
Commonly used to rescue cellphones that fell down toilets and laptops doused in coffee, the rice method helps to remove moisture slowly and safely.
Place the wet cannabis in a brown paper bag or mason jar, and cover it in uncooked rice to suck the moisture out of the buds. It will require at least twenty-four hours, depending on how moist the buds are. If using a mason jar, ensure that the jar is left open so as the excess humidity can escape. Check the buds once per day until moisture levels are acceptable.
Once dry, break the buds open and leave them on a paper towel to help remove any residual moisture held within.
The Paper Method
This method involves the use of a brown paper bag. Simply place the moist buds in the bag and leave them in a dark, dry place. The brown paper bag allows air to circulate to wick away moisture. This method will also protect the trichomes from further deterioration via exposure to light and heat.
A dehumidifier is also very useful, helping to lower humidity levels to encourage evaporation of the moisture. During the drying process, turn the wet cannabis every two hours. This will expose the entire surface of the bud over time for optimal drying.
Use a Humidity Pack
If it’s just a little damp, then a humidity pack may be all that’s required to restore the potency of the bud.
Products like the Boveda Humidity Packs are ideal in such cases. By placing the damp bud in an airtight container, the design of the humidity pack exposes the bud to the ideal humidity of sixty-two percent.
The benefits of humidity packs work both ways. If the cannabis is too dry, it’ll also help restore moisture. This versatility makes them the ideal solution for longer-term storage of cannabis.
How to Fix Wet Weed: What Not to Do
It’s important to avoid shortcuts when attempting to rescue wet cannabis. While it’s tempting to expose the buds to high heat, this only serves to deteriorate the quality of the cannabis.
Placing cannabis in an oven or using a hairdryer will likely over-dry the cannabis, and rob the trichomes of many of the potent cannabinoids and terpenes. And of course, when bud is too dry, it results in a harsh smoke that can irritate the throat and lungs.
The Dangers of Mold
Perhaps the greatest danger associated with wet cannabis is the formation of mold. A moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for a host of molds, fungi, and bacteria that no patient should consume, something that highlights the need to act quickly with wet cannabis.
A study, published in The Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases (2001), investigated the links between smoking cannabis and the formation of pulmonary aspergillosis. The study, entitled “Too Many Mouldy Joints,” found a link between the consumption of contaminated medicinal cannabis and the formation of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis.
Mold in cannabis presents a real danger to a patient’s health, and once any signs of mold appear, patients should refrain from using it in any form. In the process of drying out wet cannabis, pay careful attention to the formation of any mold.
A simple visual inspection often works well. Commonly seen as growths akin to a white cobweb, or as dark yellow or gray spots on otherwise green buds, mold can take several forms. Additionally, the smell of the bud will often provide clues into the presence of mold. Quality cannabis should exhibit a potent aroma thanks to the abundance of terpenes held in the trichomes.
Beware of the scent of sweat or urine, as it’s a sure sign that mold is present.
Store Cannabis Correctly to Avoid Problems
Avoiding accidents and potential problems with mold starts with proper storage. It’s always best to store cannabis in an airtight container and in a cool, dark location. Keeping it away from direct light and high temperatures is also advisable.
Mason jars often work best for this purpose, and the additional use of a humidity pack will ensure that the cannabis maintains its potency for a considerable time. Many other commercially available solutions exist that offer extra functionality and precision humidity control.
You should know how to fix wet weed, because accidents happen; the potential loss of a stash is a travesty. However with a few simple tricks there could be a second chance. But just like most things in life, there’s also a time to bail. And when mold raises its ugly head, it’s officially game over.
Gargani, Y., Bishop, P., & Denning, D. W. (2011). Too many mouldy joints – marijuana and chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. Mediterranean journal of hematology and infectious diseases, 3(1), e2011005. doi:10.4084/MJHID.2011.005