Drying Weed At Home: The Fastest Way to Dry Weed
Drying cannabis is a process that is followed by the harvest time. You have taken a good care for your marijuana plant so far. But even though your buds may be ready for the final process of harvesting, there is still a lot of work for you as a grower. The cannabis curing process and the drying marijuana still follow and in this article, I am about to show you the best way to dry weed.
However, because the whole process can take a while, over the years growers have come up with many ways of drying until they found the fastest way to dry weed. This will speed things up for almost 50% and will shorten the entire curating and drying weed time tremendously.
The cannabis curing process explained
Before going into the whole drying cannabis process, there is the curing process which ensures your freshly harvested weed gets to the stage of its best quality. The act of curing needs you to take your buds into a controlled environment where they will be drying slowly. After that, your buds should be kept in a glass jar which will allow for their natural processes to occur over the course of several weeks. This type of drying cannabis makes it smell better, reduces harshness and helps the weed reach a better potency and longer-lasting effects overall.
How to dry weed: The room environment
According to experts, you can create an optimal drying weed environment by following the guidelines below:
- The room temperature should be approx. 21°Cor around 70°F
- Measure the humidity and do not let it pass the point of 50%, but it also should not be below 45%
Drying weed: The jar environment
The best way to dry weed during the curing process is done in jars. The room temperature where the jars are should be, again, about 21°C or around 70°F, but the humidity of the room should be between 58-65%
The Step-By-Step Curing and Drying Cannabis Process
First and foremost, the reason why growers cure cannabis is to ensure they maximize their weed’s potency and quality. A simple explanation of just how important the curing of cannabis is is as follows: You may have started your weed growing process with some great weed genetics and you have taken good care of your weed during its entire life. Now, curing at the end is what will distinguish your buds from everyone else’s and will make the difference between “just fine” and award-winning weed. In fact, the sole reason why marijuana from any dispensary tastes and smells better than the regular one bought off the streets is that it has been properly dried and cured. This crucial process gives marijuana its smooth, pleasant taste and effect.
Marijuana hanging and drying via grow-marijuana.
The benefits of drying marijuana and slow curing
The process of curing and drying marijuana breaks down the chlorophyll in the plant. This automatically ensures that the taste of each bud is improved and the smoothness of the smoking experience and effect is increased. Is also helps remove the common smell of “cut grass” that is found on freshly harvested weed. Furthermore, the coughing effect is sizably reduced and if you are prone to weed headaches, you won’t get them as much. The chance for mold and bacterial growth is decreased largely while the potency is increased and experienced potheads will be able to tell the difference.
If you are not an expert or somewhat experienced weed lover, the best way to spot the difference between properly cured and dried weed and one that hadn’t been cured is to smoke a bud that’s directly off the plant and then roll one with buds that have been properly cured and dried. The difference is huge! Even cooking with your buds, including them in recipes and drinks, or making other weed-based products at home, will be more pleasant than buds that hadn’t been dried and cured. Experts explain that this is due to the alteration of cannabinoids and terpenoids while curing.
How should you be properly drying marijuana?
Drying marijuana from hangers via growweedeasy.
After finding out why you should be curing and drying your weed, and what are the overall benefits on that entire process, you may be wondering what is the best way to dry weed slowly? And how to dry weed at home without allowing the process to take up all your free time?
While there are plenty of other ways of drying cannabis, in this article I have covered the most widely used one. The well-studied process that has been used for many years now, and the one that many creative devoted potheads love doing because of its promising results every time, regardless if you are using an indica or sativa strain.
How to dry weed: Overview
The sole process of curing your marijuana begins when you cut down the plant after it has ripened and grown enough. This is why it’s really important to learn how to dry weed properly. Namely, during the initial drying phase, the key step is to let your weed dry out in the course of 4 to 7 days. During this relatively slow process of drying cannabis, you need to protect your plant against the growth of mold and bacteria.
The reason why I say you should leave your buds to dry relatively slowly over the course of a week is that if you speed the process with some kind of heating unit, the curing will be ruined and your weed will taste terrible. Plus you will lose many benefits in the process of doing so, and if you are looking to make CBD distillate or a THC one, they won’t be as beneficial as those from a plant that had been dried properly.
How to dry weed and cure it well every time
Marijuana plants in a room via Unsplash.
In order to do this process successfully, you need to have certain tools and equipment that you will be using solely for the curing and drying marijuana.
- 1 quart or 32 ozmason jars with wide openings
- A place where you can put your drying rack – you can even hang your buds from clothes hangers
- A hygrometeris a tool that lets you measure the humidity inside your mason jars.
- Humidipaksare packs specifically designated to store your cannabis and protect it from getting too dry and crispy while stored.
The first step is to cut down your plant, obviously. You can do so by cutting the base and hanging the entire cut plant upside down to dry. You may also cut off branches individually and hang them for the drying process.
Next, you should remove and trim any extra leaves. These are the big fan leaves. This step will improve the appearance of the buds overall because too much of the leafy matter will make your weed harsh.
If the humidity in the room is about or just under 30% that means that the space is dry and you should leave more leaves on your plant. This will slow down the drying process and make the curing better as I have mentioned before.
If the humidity is average – about 40-50% that is, then you may go on and hang your drying cannabis upside down and leave it for up to a week.
However, if the humidity is over 60%, then you should separate all the buds from the branches individually and leave enough space between them to dry. If you fail at this you might notice a really slow drying of your cannabis and mold growth.
The third step in the drying weed process is a good control of the environment. As mentioned before, around 70°F or 21°C is the room temperature to look for and a 50% humidity. Below you have some tools that will help you get to this optimal drying process:
- Your air conditionercools the air and dries it out too. So if you struggle with humidity and high temperatures, this is your best buddy when drying cannabis.
- If need lower temperature but higher humidity levels, then an evaporative cooleris what you need. This tool lowers the temperature while increasing the humidity.
- A dehumidifieris a tool that heats the air and lowers the humidity in general.
- While the humidifieralso heats the air but it raises the humidity.
- The heater will heat the air, increasing the overall temperature while lowering the humidity.
What NOT to do when drying marijuana?
The most commonly done mistakes in the drying cannabis process is when people want to speed this entire process of drying and curing. You should never quick-dry your buds in a stove or by using a dehydrator. People also do the mistake of drying weed with dry ice or even the worst of all, in a microwave. Talk about a waste of weed! This will not only create a bad taste and smell, but it will also cause you terrible migraines and paranoia when smoking the weed later on. All these processes of speeding up the drying can result in destroying certain cannabinoids and terpenes which are the valuable, healing parts of the cannabis. This can occur even at temperatures of 85°F or 30°C.
PRO TIP: Using cardboard when marijuana will be of great help if you live in an overly humid environment because the cardboard material pulls out water out of the buds real quick. However, it is known to create wet spots and leave imprints on the areas where the buds have touched the flat surface. This is why experienced growers recommend rotating the buds every few hours in order for each side to get the same treatment.
Using an extra fan to blow in the room the entire time is recommended for an additional airflow if you live in an overly humid environment. But keep in mind that the fan should never blow in the direction of the buds. It should be pointed to a near wall but make sure its airflow is still felt in the room.
The best way to dry weed is to let the buds dry slowly while following the other tips explained in this article. This way you can get the highest-quality weed
How Do I Quick-Dry My Buds?
Well said, 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.
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You can dry your cannabis buds simply at home as well. Found a really nice video. Check out
Picked up this variable temperature dehydrator. From what I understand you want to put it on the lowest temperature possible and run it for as long as possible.
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NOTE: The following methods are for “quick drying” purposes only, and results should not be compared to cannabis, which would normally be dried and cured correctly. Also, buds that are removed before maturity will reduce your plants potential yield.
Hey everybody! Well as my first indoor grow comes to a halt, I’d like to express my views and personal experience with different methods of quick drying out some buds straight off the plant. I’ve tried tons of different methods as none of the first ones I tried ever satisfied me. Now before I start I must state that air-drying your buds is THE best way to dry and curing is certainly advised. Additionally the ideal way to smoke buds right off the plant would be a vaporizer. But for those who might not like vaporizers or don’t have the money to buy/make one, and who are running short on the stash but have a plethora in the closet so close to being done. To all of you I offer my experiences and maybe a few methods you haven’t tried before. Ill start simple and go through and share my views.
The only thing I can say to this is ‘hey it does work’ you can smoke pot dried in the oven. Taste and potency all goes to crap, but smoke will go out of your mouth as you exhale. If that’s all you crave, then this is the simplest way to dry your herbs out, just keep an eye on it. I find oven-dried weed to be lacking in everything, including the high.
When used on lower power settings (40-50%) can do an adequate job. Mind you it still tastes like crap and certainly not as potent as air-dried, but in a pinch it will work. Keep an eye on it and go for short 5- 10 second bursts.
Dankmaster’s Microwave Steam Method
A vast improvement in quick dry technology. It does a satisfactory job fairly quickly. Trichomes don’t burst and flavor while not great isn’t awful anymore — which is all I can say for any of the previously mentioned methods. What the method does is use steam to dry out the weed.
*Tupperware container with lid.
*Buds fresh off the plant (cut into small pieces, don’t shred them — cut into nice little chunks).
*Microwave with power setting options.
First, take 1/4 piece of a paper towel and lay it on the bottom of the Tupperware container. Then put your cut up weed on the paper towel. Next, take two paper towels, fold them several times and get them wet. Wring out most of the water. You want the paper towels wet but not dripping. Now, you lay the paper towels over the top of the Tupperware making sure that you completely and evenly cover the top. Then take the lid and squeeze it almost all the way on. When I say almost I mean to get all sides and corners on tight except for one corner to allow the steam to exit. Now your ready to put your steam dryer in the microwave.
Set the microwave power to 40 or 50 %. I recommend 40% — I tried it on full power the first few times and it didn’t work nearly as well. Now set it for a minute and let it go. Take it out and let the steam evaporate out and let sit for 15-20 seconds. If the bottom paper towel (the one that the buds are on) is wet change it. If the two paper towels you were using are dry make sure to re-wet and wring out and put back over top and put lid on in same way.
Now microwave at 40-50% for another minute and repeat process for typically 3-5 minutes. This is the best method if you need the herb in less than 20 minutes.
Ballast Drying Method
Cut up fresh buds and place them in an envelope evenly spread out. Close the envelope and place it on top of your ballast. Obviously you need a remote ballast to do this. Built in ballasts typically get too hot. I’ve tried this a few times. I typically left it on the ballast while the light was on for 2 to 3 hours. As I remember I always kept over or under drying the buds. On retrospect I would say go for a little bit too dry because you can put it in an airtight container and allow the moisture to be sucked out of the stem. Taste was good for a quick dry, and potency seemed acceptable.
My Toaster Oven method
Turn your toaster oven onto bake on the lowest setting it has. Take your herb and cut it up small similar to the steam method. Then take the tray you would use to say, toast peanuts and put the cut up herb onto the tray. Next place the tray ON TOP of the toaster oven NOT inside it! Turn the pieces of herb over every 5 minutes or so. This typically takes a good 20-30 minutes but is well worth the wait. When dried right the taste still isn’t great, but its the best of the already mentioned methods. The high is great, the trichomes remain intact and the smoke is semi-smooth. I like it and it works pretty well.
The Couch Method
And finally, the method that works the best but takes the longest, and sounds the strangest. Take a few fresh cut buds and put them in a clean ashtray. I do this the night before I want to smoke the buds. My couch is over a vent in my house and stays fairly warm under there at night when the heat is on. (It’s been cold lately) I just put it there before I go to sleep and the next morning the bud is nicely dry! Not extra crispy and the taste is great. Still not air dried/cured but gives a real good hint what your buds are going to taste like. The high is great, its probably 85F under my couch when the heat is on, and over 8 hours it does a great job. This method is the only one that my girlfriend will smoke and enjoy. The other methods always make her gripe about how bad they make the weed taste. This keeps her and me happy. If you wake up and find the herb just a little two crispy, put in a jar or bag and it will draw a little moisture out of the stem and make it just right.
Most electronic devices could be used, TV-monitor, cable box, refrigerator fan etc. Finding the method that works best for you is crucial.
I know people yell about not sampling your plant but I think its a good way to tell when your herbs reached that peak. To all those first trying these methods, I would urge patience and multiple attempts. I didn’t get any of them right the first time, but I am glad I kept trying.
Car Window Method Contributed by: Hopefull
Take a few buds and throw them in an envelope. Then just put them in your car window on a sunny day. Smoke when dry — simple!
Bulb & Foil method Contributed by: HashMan
Here’s a fast way to dry your dank. Break up your bud’s, and place them on a 4″square piece of tinfoil. Then take the piece of tinfoil and put it on top of a light bulb — 60-80w works best (NOT YOUR HID). Stir it every 30 seconds. It should take about 1-3 minutes to dry completely. Dry buds, and you don’t stink up your microwave/oven in the process.
Heat Plate Method Contributed by: Pharmer
The following method has worked the greatest for me when quick drying my buds:
Step 1 – get your buds, cut them up reasonably, then stick them on a plate– make sure they’re evenly distributed all over the plate.
Step 2 – get a pot and fill it one-third with water and bring it to boil on the stove.
Step 3 – place the mull plate on top of the pot. The steam heating the bottom the plate dries the weed. It should take about half an hour using a medium sized plate covered in weed. When the weed is dry, make sure you don’t tip the plate on an angle when getting your weed into your bowl– you don’t want all the steam from the bottom of the plate to drip off and drench your buds all over again.
The Crystal method
To dry, break up your bud into small pieces then put them in a small canning jar with a sealing lid. Place silica gel desiccant packs into the jar with the bud. These desiccant packs will remove the moisture from the bud. Small jars work best because there is less air in the jar.
Auto parts stores sell desiccant crystals (similar to silica gel packs) for cheap. They turn to goop once moisture has been absorbed, so they need to be put above a drip tray.
(works for seeds too..)
The Quick Dry Toaster Technique Contributed by:Apollo11Genius
I have tried most of the quick dry methods in the current quick dry FAQ. The quicker ones usually didn’t produce good quick dried bud (oven, microwave, etc) and the longer ones did produce quicker dried buds but not QUICK dried buds When I say quick, I mean I need my buds ready in at least less than half an hour.
I found the most convenient, quick, and least destructive way to quick dry weed for me is with a piece of equipment that almost all of us have — a plain ol’ TOASTER!
What I do is set my toaster on a low setting (1-3). Mine also has a ‘defrost’ setting which is supposed to make it cook for a longer time, although that’s not necessary for this method. You’ll need to expiriment with your particular toaster to find out which settings works best for you.
The goal is to heat the bud enough so that the moisture within the bud evaporates, but without vaporizing or bursting the THC-laden trichs by overcooking them (or burning the bud itself!). The low toaster settings usually will accomplish this.
My method is to take a piece of foil about 4″x4″ or so. I take small buds no wider than a finger and no longer than your thumb or pinky and place them into the foil. I make essentially a dugout out of the foil for the weed to go into so it doesn’t fall into the toaster (essential!) the foil on the sides and going up to the top of the bud and maybe a little over but not completely enclosing it (enclosing the foil will cause it to retain moisture). Also do not wrap tightly we don’t want to burn the bud on the foil. Personally I use the new nonstick foil, but that’s also not necessary.
Put the foil dugout containing the weed lengthwise onto the top of one of the toaster slots and let it sink down about 3/4-1″ into the toaster. Use the wide foil on the top/side to spread over the top outside of the toaster to keep the foil/weed from falling down into the slot.
Run the toaster. Allow it to set a couple of minutes until it starts to cool down (a lot of RESIDUAL heat is used to evaporate the moisture. we want to heat it up as much as possible without burning or vaporizing trichs, then let the residual heat absorbed by the toaster and foil and radiated by the toaster coils slowly bake the weed in between operating the toaster. Optimally I run the toaster about every 4 or 5 minutes. Repeat until the bud is dry to your likings. I usually flip the bud in the dugout every 2 or 3 gos to make sure it doesn’t burn and dry the bud evenly. Within a half an hour you will have decently burnable bud. The smaller the buds the quicker the drying.
To get the best results, let it sit longer between operation (like closer to 10 minutes) to allow the heat to full dissipate and go for about an hour instead of 30 minutes. The bud will be much more thoroughly dried (the quicker method can leave the insides a bit moist still on thicker buds, but no moisture than i’ve bought many bags of KB ) with the longer method.
I find using this method I usually get about 80-90% of the potency of properly dried (but not cured) bud — with a slower dry you can keep almost all the potency. The key is not overheating.
As far as the taste goes, if you grow with chems I don’t know what your buds will taste like as I don’t. I grow 100% organic and my quick dried buds are perfectly tolerable and as tastey as most commercial sensemilla and definitely better tasting than schwag! If you are wanting to do a lot of quick drying, I recommend going organic as I wouldn’t want to taste unflushed chem buds!
My buds quick dried look like my regular dried buds. they aren’t all messed up from some freaky quick dry and they can be dried on short notice!
One final note, much like regular dried buds they do retain some moisture inside unless you take the longer time to completely dry them out with the quick dry (which IS possible — just takes longer), so if you do not smoke them immediately, they may regain some of the moisture lost just as fresh dried buds put in a mason jar will regain some moisture when you first put them in a mason jar.
A word of caution AND advice — as many will tell you, drying is part of the process of activating the THC in the trichomes. Smoking wet weed is a WASTE as it doesn’t burn well and you barely get high off of it (unless you don’t have a tolerance) — be sure to give it at least 20-30 minutes and make sure the outside is dry to the touch and inside is no moister than a bag of kb you’ve gotten that’s on the ‘moist’ side — and for advice, taking the longer time to completely dry the bud will result in more potent buds than only a partial drying.
I loved the car window method mentioned above and will try it. I personally use the brown bag and computer fan method for drying. Just put some buds in the…