If you have grown your weed well and are done with the harvesting, the next step is curing or drying the weed. Cannabis is best if left to cure slowly and not in a rush.
Drying takes about 30 days, depending on the amount of weed and resources at hand. When you do that you are assured of good-tasting weed and one that retains most of its potency, however, it’s not always that you have the time to wait for your weed to cure and you need it fast.
How to Dry Cannabis Fast
Note that most of these methods usually dry your weed quickly but don’t always give you the best tasting or viable weed around.
1. Brown Bags
This is a popular method that quickens the drying process from weeks to a few days. You will need to put your newly harvested weed in a brown paper bag. The brown paper bags are simple bags, mostly used in a bakery. They work best of your buds are in small, popcorn-sized pieces.
Place your bags in a cool, dry place for three to six days. After that, they are ready to be consumed. However, if you are further pressed for time, place the brown bags with weed near your laptop fan’s vent after two to three days. A running laptop usually emits heat when cooling itself, and the heat can dry your buds faster.
The bags need to be turned every 10 minutes until they feel dry to the skin. The process will take around one hour or so. The weed produced will be a little harsh, but it’s better than what you will get when drying through any other process in this list.
2. Drying Your Buds in the Boiler Room
The boiler room is a good place to dry your buds fast as the boiler maintains the room’s temperature and humidity at suitable levels. You can use brown bags for the small buds. You will need to hang the larger buds with a string as you would do during the normal drying process.
For fast results, you will need to leave the water heater on. These will surely raise your utility bills, but it will ensure your weed dries faster. This process takes three to four days. This process hardly affects the potency of your weed, but the taste isn’t the greatest.
3. Sun-drying Your Weed
Drying your weed in the sun is neither the most efficient nor fastest way. This process has been used for a long time and is a cheap and quick method to dry your buds.
Place them in a brown paper bag and leave it in the sun to dry completely. The heat and direct sunlight affect the weed quality, but your weed will be ready in two days. The heat burns the cannabinoids in the weed. The cannabinoids are responsible for getting you high. The scent of the weed will also not be great as sun degrades its terpenes.
4. Freeze Drying
This method is effective, but you will dig deep into your pockets. A company named CannaFreeze is manufacturing a drying unit for your weed through freezing. The freezer turns moisture in weed to crystals which are then sucked out of the plant by a low-pressure vacuum.
The freeze-drying unit dries weed in 21 to 24 hours, leaving it in good taste and quality. You will need Chemistry skills to operate one of these units. The cost and skill set required to make it suitable for large marijuana producers, especially for commercial purposes.
6. Baking Your Weed
Do not bake your weed unless necessary. Baking reduces the potency of your weed while also giving it a harsh taste.
Place your weed buds in an oven tray and leave them to bake for 10 minutes at temperatures of between 125°C and 140°C. Flip them after five minutes to avoid burning the buds.
Do not bake at temperatures above 150°F as this will burn your weed. Leaving the weed in the oven longer than 10 minutes will also burn your weed.
7. Use a Microwave
Similar to baking, this method is fast but not ideal for excellent tasting weed. It is only suitable for weeds in small amounts. Place your weed in the microwave setting it at 50% power and turn it every 10-15 seconds.
You should also leave them to cool for one minute to avoid burning. Continue this process until your marijuana is dry.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Why dry weed using a brown paper bag?
The paper bag ensures your weed dries completely.
What time of the day should one harvest marijuana?
Early in the morning is the best time to harvest your marijuana, since the nutrients are not yet transferred into the stems and leaves.
Why is drying cannabis necessary?
Drying cannabis is necessary to get the maximum potency off your marijuana. If you don’t dry your marijuana, you will not experience anything when you smoke it.
It is not always that you will have enough time to dry and cure your weed correctly. The processes above will help you dry your weed faster than expected, and according to the time you have in hand. While they may not give you the best tasting or high potency weed, at least they will provide you with weed dry enough to smoke.