When you finally get your hands on some marijuana, either picked up from your favorite dispensary or grown at home, it is likely that you treat it with almost reverential care. You keep it carefully cushioned, supported in the crook of your arm in its paper bag and away from any and all dangers, hoping against hope to try and carry it to the safety of your home.
But when you do finally arrive back home and get your marijuana out, disaster strikes; you actually get it wet.
Maybe it falls into a glass of water; maybe the countertop is wet because you just can’t seem to remember to dry up after wiping it down, or maybe you slipped and fell into a massive puddle of water.
Regardless of how it happened, your marijuana is now completely soaked, so it is ruined, right?
What can you do if you manage to get your marijuana wet?
What Are the Problems with Wet Weed?
After picking your marijuana up out of its wetness, you might first be tempted to just ignore it and start using it; after all, how bad could wet marijuana really be?
Well, trying to actually use wet weed is way harder than you might imagine.
Hard to Grind
For starters, when marijuana is wet, it is almost impossible to actually grind it down. As any experienced marijuana user will tell you, you need to be able to grind up your bud into smokeable particles.
This involves placing your weed into a small grinder to gently break it up and make it way easier to combust. However, if your marijuana is wet, it is going to get stuck in the spokes of the grinder, making it almost impossible to get it to actually break down.
Almost Impossible to Burn
When you try and burn some damp, partly ground up weed, you are going to immediately realize how difficult it is to get it to burn.
Instead of instant combustion when you touch your flame to it, your marijuana will simply sputter and spit, failing to light up entirely. All the excess moisture within your bud will basically refuse to light at all. The eventual flame that will take hold after a while will be super smoky and very bitter.
If you do manage to get your sodden bud to light, you are going to find that it tastes really, truly terrible.
This isn’t because the flavor or cannabinoid content will have changed, but because when it fails to light properly, you are going to get excess water vapor mixed into your weed smoke. This gives your smoke a really damp, acrid taste that isn’t pleasant at all.
So, if you want to try and avoid having to deal with the uncomfortability of wet marijuana, what kind of special tricks can you use to get rid of moisture on your weed?
Special Methods to Dry Out Your Marijuana
The Rice Method
The rice method is the tried and tested, old reliable method for getting excess moisture out of everything. This is the exact same thing you do if you happen to drop your phone in water – assuming you don’t have a waterproof phone.
Simply get a good quantity of rice in a large volume vessel and submerge your bud in it. The rice has a wonderful tendency to pull moisture out of any surface osmotically, so the water within your bud should transfer over to the rice.
The only problem with this method is the fact that it will leave your marijuana with a faintly rice-like smell, as well as covering it in a good amount of rice flour.
This can actually help it burn a bit quicker when you try and light it up, though, so it is a fairly reasonable tradeoff for not having to deal with any more wet bud.
What if you don’t have any rice laying around, though?
The Paper Method: Osmotically
This method is infinitely easier and requires far fewer grains. Simply wrap up your sodden bud in some paper towels, or even some toilet paper if you buy the good, thick kind.
Keep it wrapped up pretty tightly and, as long as it has direct contact with the paper, the moisture should pull right out of the bud.
The only thing to watch out for with this method is that the moisture that is pulled off of the buds is kept right next to it, which makes it the perfect environment for mold to develop.
To combat this, keep the area well ventilated and dry, ideally with some kind of fan, or even a dehumidifier if you have one.
You should be changing your paper every few hours, rewrapping your now hopefully drier bud in new paper every time, so as to help speed up its drying. When you do this, make sure you are turning your bud around, as this helps increase the rate with which the moisture leaves, as it is only going to be absorbed by the paper if it is directly touching it.
Things to Watch Out for & Avoid
While you are attempting to dry your weed using these methods, you might think that all your troubles are over – after all, as soon as it has been dunked in some rice or paper towels, it’ll be fine, right?
Well, you also need to keep an eye out for a few things.
For starters, the development of mold is your biggest enemy – if you allow your sodden marijuana to sit out for too long, it can begin to develop powdery mold that can actually be extremely dangerous to you if you try to smoke it.
This can happen much more frequently with the paper method, as your bud is still in contact with the water, as well as being all cloistered up in a confined space, which is the perfect environment for mold to develop.
Make sure you are using a proper fan or some way to circulate air regardless of your method of getting water off of your bud, as you do not want to find your bud is riddled with disgusting mold when you come to try and smoke it; that it is easily going to completely ruin your smoking experience.
Some people might be tempted to simply put their bud directly under a fan in an attempt to dry it – while some of the moisture will leave the bud, you will simply be exposing your bud to the open air and degrading its quality, worsening your eventual smoking experience.
This is especially true if you keep it under the sun or any kind of direct light, as the light can destroy some of the more delicate volatile flavor compounds within marijuana, effectively ruining its delightful taste.
You should also remember to never, ever use direct heat to try and dry out your marijuana. Some poor fools have tried cooking it in a low oven, or trying to evaporate the water using a hairdryer; this is easily the worst thing you can do.
Besides the fact that it can be a fire risk, you will simply be burning off a myriad of important compounds, as well as some of the more delicate cannabinoids, in your attempt to salvage your bud. You will, effectively, be destroying your weed in an effort to try and save it.
To test this out, simply cook some of your smoke-ready bud under a hairdryer for a minute and then try and taste it – it will taste bitter, burnt and overall terrible, giving you the impression of it having only recently been literally dropped on the ground and crushed.
Just make sure to always remember the two most important things – avoid direct heat, and avoid direct light.
Final Verdict About What to Do If Your Marijuana Gets Wet
The idea of losing your all-important, oh-so-desirable bud to the perils of open water is something that terrifies everyone on the way back from the dispensary. There you are, holding some expensive, and hopefully delicious, bud just waiting to be smoked, but then you go and ruin it by dropping it in some water.
Thankfully, by using these tips, you can completely avoid having to deal with throwing out your fresh bud – alongside that, you can salvage its delicate flavor profile and pleasant quality of smoke as well, as long as you do it right.
However, if you try and use direct heat or sunlight, or try and speed the process up somehow by using that one sneaky trick that you are sure will work with no problems whatsoever, you are likely going to wind up smoking some incredibly inferior, rather disgusting bud.
As long as you have some rice on hand or, failing that, some paper towels, you can easily and safely dry out your bud and save your valuable bud from the perils of trying to light up sodden weed.
It is a bit of a first-world problem, but until you experience the pain of wet weed, you won’t truly understand it. So, make sure you know what to do when it happens.