Weed Speed Dry Overview
I’ve gone over best practices for drying weed before. I.E. Brown Bag Drying method. And ideally, you should be patient, and wait for a few weeks for your buds to be dried and properly cured. However, for whatever reason, you may just want to rapidly dry your crops
Microwaving is one fast way to get swiftly dried cannabis. Other ways to fast dry herb are an oven and food dehydrator. This article will examine the following:
- The pros and cons of these rapid drying methods
- Proper methods of microwave drying and oven drying
- And much more . . .
Quick Drying Weed For purposes of this article, quick or fast-drying weed is defined as cannabis that is dried by any means other than the sun or other conditions. I.E. Using a fan, humidifier or other aids does not make drying any quicker as you still need to wait for at least 10 to 15 days. In contrast, putting weed in an oven, dehydrator, or microwave drying can literally make your weed smokeable in seconds. (It can reduce the time to dry bud in minutes)
Why Do You Dry Weed?
When a cannabis flower is green the THC, and terpenes are inactive. So, by drying cannabis the THC, CBD, and trichomes will be activated. So, the quick answer is that drying cannabis activates THC.
First Things First- Trim Your Bud
Just because you might be able to quickly dry weed; does not mean that you should take cannabis plants and immediately start drying. For optimum taste and quality, you must first properly trim your bud. (Not matter how you dry it) The proper way for bud trimming is an article by itself. So, I will only briefly review this and give you general guidance and resources so you can do it yourself.
There are three reasons why bud trimming is essential.
● Appearance-Professionally trimmed buds simply look better. Granted, this reason is more for professional growers. However, home growers also would likely want to have buds that they are proud to show their friends.
● Better Taste-Unnecessary leaves on cannabis plants and buds will result in a harsher taste.
● Better Potency-Buds contain the most trichomes, that contain the terpenes, cannabinoids, etc. A cannabis plant’s leaves contain fewer trichomes. Therefore, trimming off the leaves, and leaving the buds results in a more potent plant.
Types of Bud Trimming
There are three types of bud trimming: wet trimming, dry trimming, and combo trimming. Each of these has its pros and cons, which will be evaluated below.
Wet Trim-Wet Trimming occurs when you start the bud trimming as soon as your plants are harvested, and all leaves are removed before the buds are dried. Wet drying is chosen most often because of high humidity (60%+RH), worries about mold, and it also dries quicker.
Dry Trim-A dry trim at its purest occurs when the entire plant (even the fan leaves) are hung up to dry. The plant is then trimmed only until after the cannabis plant has been dried.
It is primarily used in low humidity, (45% RH or less) environments, when you have no worries about mold, you value tighter buds, and you want to prevent hay smelling or otherwise abnormal smelling weed. One disadvantage of dry trim is that your weed may not look as appealing as it will be darker and not green, purple, etc.
Combo-Many growers do a combo of both wet and dry trimming. This is often done by taking the fan leaves off first and then drying them.
Drying Process Best Practices
First of all, it needs to be emphasized, traditional cannabis drying (10 to 15 days) is the BEST method for drying weed. There are many types of traditional, slow drying methods for drying weed. Previously, I wrote an article on the brown paper bag method for drying, and another common method of drying is to use a cannabis drying rack. An excellent guide for drying weed can be located here. Additionally, the guide also gives guidance on proper curing and introduces you to the mason jar and other curing methods.
If you quick-dry cannabis you cannot expect the best results. However, when you are anxious to try your newly grown crops or you are simply out of smokeable weed, quick-drying is acceptable.
Why Would You Quick Dry Weed?
Other than you being impatient, why would you choose to quickly dry cannabis? The quicker bud is dried the less chance for molds and other problems to occur. So, if you do not mind waiting ten to 15 days for it to dry, the only reason you would choose to quick dry weed is because of excess humidity and you do not have the means to combat the humidity. Other than that, for best practices, you should slow dry.
Why Quick Drying Bud Is Not Ideal
There are plenty of opinions when looking up advice on how to dry weed in a microwave, food dehydrator, or oven. Some will say it will lead to a guaranteed disappointment, and others say that there will not be much difference in quality from slow dried and quick dried weed.
The biggest problem with fast-drying weed is that it degrades the terpenes, which results in less flavor, smell and your buds will tend to burn faster and hotter. So, quick-drying cannabis will most likely leave you with a less satisfying cannabis smoking experience.
How To Quick-Dry Cannabis-Microwave, Food Dehydrator, and Oven
Microwave, Food Dehydrator, and an oven are the three most common, quick-dry methods. Arguably, of the three an oven is the best, a food dehydrator is the second-best and the microwave is the third-best fast-drying method of drying bud. FYI-No matter what method you use. You should only fast dry a small amount of cannabis.
How To Dry Weed In Microwave
The following is the best and safest method for using a microwave:
Equipment Needed: Plate, paper towel, and of course weed and a microwave oven.
- Grind-Grind weed to your desired size.
- Place-Place ground weed onto the plate. The ground weed should cover as much space and be as thin as possible.
- Dry Paper Towel-The paper towel should then be placed on top of the weed, fully covering your buds.
- Nuke It-Put microwave at 30% of power and put it in for only around ten seconds. Afterward, stir your buds.
- Check It Out-If the weed is dry enough, you are done. Otherwise, do it again.
Remember, you can’t un-dry weed. So, the key to success here is that you start out at 10 seconds or less, and then if it is not sufficiently dried, do it again.
A food dehydrator or food preserver will dry your pot in a few hours, but it will not taste the same as slow-dried bud. This method is the least popular method of drying, which does not necessarily make it bad. However, info on using the food dehydrator for weed is sparse.
- Use the lowest heat setting and run it through the night, check it first thing in the morning, and dry till it’s “crackly”
- Then bag it and let the moisture even out and test it. If it needs more, I simply leave the bag open till it’s right.
Oven Cannabis Drying Method
The oven drying method is considered by many to be the best way to fast dry cannabis. In fact, some experts state that when done correctly, oven drying will preserve your weeds will preserve weed’s flavor, cannabinoids, terpenes, etc., as nearly as well as traditional, slow drying.
Equipment Needed-Modern convection oven or its equivalent, oven baking sheet, non-stick parchment paper, and of course cannabis buds.
- Preheat the oven to 220 to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grind-Grind the buds via a hand weed grinder or even a food processor. (Be careful to not over grind your weed though as it should).
- Put a cookie sheet on a tray and then evenly spread out the buds on a tray.
- Place the cookie sheet full of buds in the oven when it reaches the desired temperature. Set the oven timer to 30 minutes.
- To determine when your buds are dried enough do not rely solely on the timer. Instead, look at the color of the buds and see when they have changed from dark green to a brown-like green color. After the color change stir the buds until they are sufficiently dry.
For a small amount of bud or to quickly dry a sample bud, fast drying is acceptable. However, you need to meticulously follow the drying directions, for any type of fast drying. Because you can always dry more. But, you cannot un-dry over-dried cannabis.