What Should I Do With Too-Dry Dispensary Weed?

Posted May 27, 2021 by in Lifestyle

It’s bound to happen at some point: you’re going to come home from your San Jose dispensary with cannabis that is about as dry as what you used to get in college in the sandwich baggie. Some cannabis growers put more “wow factor” in their product packaging than practicality and there are air leaks, allowing your marijuana flower to dry out slowly over time. 

The last thing you want after a dispensary haul is to find out that your premium quality weed has been hung out to dry — literally — for a little too long. Cannabis flower that is too dry will burn quickly, causing you to use more, faster. Here’s how you can revive your dispensary marijuana if it happens to be a bit crispier than you would like:

Person rolling a joint on a marble table.

Put a Citrus Peel in the Jar 

If your strain is limonene-dominant, putting a lemon, grapefruit, or orange peel in your dispensary jar can both add moisture to your flower and additional terpenes that can make your experience out-of-this-world. You can use this method to refresh other types of cannabis, but the limonene in the citrus peel will change the terpene profile of your marijuana. Make sure this is something you want to do before choosing this method of refreshing over-dried cannabis. 

Remember to take the peels out every 12-24 hours to prevent mold. You can replace them with fresh ones if your cannabis is still too dry or if you enjoy the additional terp boost. 

Recommended Strains: 

  • Banana OG
  • MAC 
  • Do-Si-Dos
  • Purple Hindu Kush 
  • Super Sour Diesel 
  • Green Crack 
  • Wedding Cake 

Use a Piece of Lettuce or Apple Instead 

If you want all the freshness and moisture of a citrus peel with none of the flavor, try using a piece of lettuce instead. The cores or roots of the lettuce that are normally discarded work well for this purpose, and iceberg lettuce is generally the most preferred for its high water content. Change the lettuce frequently; it tends to wilt and mold faster than other foods. 

You can also use an apple for the same purpose, which is an excellent choice for San Jose dispensary strains that contain the terpene terpinolene. Terpinolene is found naturally in high concentrations in apples and is the same compound that gives many apple-scented cannabis strains their unique scent. 

Recommended Strains: 

  • Dutch Treat 
  • Lemon Meringue 
  • Orange Cookies 
  • Clementine 
  • Golden Pineapple 
  • Jack Herer 

Put Your Cannabis Flower in a Ziploc With Bread 

A piece of bread can also have just the right amount of moisture to invigorate too-dry marijuana without adding any flavors like apple or citrus to your cannabis. This is a great option if you don’t have any fresh fruits or veggies around or if it’s late at night and you can only get to the convenience store. 

Put a Damp (Not Wet) Paper Towel in Your Jar 

A damp paper towel is a non-food, no-flavor option for rehydrating your San Jose dispensary cannabis. A couple things to keep in mind here is that it’s very important to make sure your paper towel is well wrung out and that your cannabis isn’t touching it. If your dispensary weed didn’t come in a jar, put it and the damp paper towel in an airtight container overnight. 

You can also use a cotton ball, however, some people prefer to place the cotton ball inside a foil packet with small holes poked in it to allow it to touch the cannabis flower without getting it wet or causing the flower to stick to the cotton. 

Use a Boveda Packet 

With today’s growing cannabis popularity comes innovative new products designed to do a better job of what marijuana enthusiasts have been finding hacks for, for decades. A Boveda pack is a specially designed, disposable packet similar to silica gel packets found in many other types of products to keep them fresh. 

Boveda packets offer two-way humidity control and a monolayer of filtered water that not only keeps your cannabis moist, but prevents you from losing precious terpenes. You can use a Boveda packet alone or together with apples, oranges, fresh lavender, etc. to specific strains for a terpene-packed powerhouse. If you purchase large quantities from your San Jose dispensary, you’ll be pleased to know Boveda packets can keep your cannabis fresh for between two to six months. 

Be Patient

Many people miss the top ingredient needed to refresh too-dry marijuana: time. Of course you’re eager to smoke, but getting dry weed to break apart like fresh, fluffy buds takes patience. It’s best to use less moisture over a longer period of time than it is to use more moisture to try to revive your cannabis faster. 

Often, the best thing you can do is add a small amount of your chosen refresher and let it sit for about 12 hours. Check your cannabis again and change your refresher and repeat as needed until your marijuana flowers reach your preferred moisture level.

Cannabis leaf on a pink background.

*Photos by Nataliya Vaitkevich