Easy Ways to Dry Cannabis
Whether it’s a commercial producer or a back yard growing novice, all cannabis growers are faced with one similar thing: how to effectively dry their plants.
As anyone even slightly familiar with cannabis knows, you can’t simply pull a bud off of a plant and smoke it. To get the most potent effects of cannabis plants, the bud has to be properly dried and cured.
First, let’s cover one thing. Drying and curing are not the same. When you pick the bud off the plant, it’s going to be wet, making it impossible to keep lit-even if you wanted to rush things and smoke it right away. So, to use it, you need to dry it out.
Second, you need to cure it. Curing is allowing the dried bud to properly age to get the most intense flavor out of it.
Okay. So, you’ve picked your bud, and now what do you do? Of course, you want to dry it, but how do you go about that?
Before we talk about the best ways to dry cannabis, let’s make one thing clear. Don’t ever hang it outside to dry. While it may seem the most “natural” thing to do, trust me, you don’t want to. Drying cannabis outside is basically a death sentence. Your bud is exposed to the elements, which can quickly destroy it. Even if you find a way to prevent the weather from affecting your plants, direct sunlight degrades THC. Play is safe and keep your bud indoors to dry.
Now, let’s talk about the three best ways to dry your cannabis bud
- Use a deodorizing dryer. If you really want to make things easy and fail-proof, you will want to consider a cannabis dryer. It’s a specially designed “Hanging bag” that allows you to dry your cannabis and get the very best results. With their active airflow, Wedryers allow for consistent, uniform drying. They are also designed to keep humidity at perfect levels, preventing mold (the enemy of marijuana). What’s more, they are discreet, store easily when not in use, and don’t take place in the plant’s pot, which allows you to start re-growing right away.
- Hang it up. Another way that growers commonly dry cannabis plants is to cut the bud off the plant and hang in a string to dry. While this way does work, it also takes up room and can be difficult to be discreet about (since you will have a room of hanging green buds). The other downside of this method is that it can be hard to regulate the humidity in the air, and the drying won’t be even (which can result in either over or under dried cannabis).
- Use the oven. Lastly, if you are in a rush and don’t have time to let your buds dry more naturally, there is another method. As a last resort, you can place your buds on a cookie sheet, and bake for ten minutes at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not really the best method either since it can make your weed taste harsh and possibly even burn it. Every oven temperature is different, and chances are that with this way, you’ll end up with dried out buds.
While it may be tempting to go with one of the more primitive methods of drying your cannabis, you may find that they are not fool-proof since there is no way of regulating the temperature or ensuring that you are retaining the flavor. That is why we recommend choosing to dry your cannabis in a Wedryer.
Another reason that makes using a Wedryer a better option is that it comes with a built-in charcoal filter that blocks odors. You can dry your cannabis any time, any place, without having to worry about the smell affecting the comfort of yourself or others.
When you use a Wedryer, you can rest easy, knowing with confidence that you will end up with your cannabis completely and properly dried, containing its full flavor.