Has your stash gone dry? If this happened to you, don't worry, your buds aren't helpless! With a little know-how, it is possible to rehydrate hemp using a few simple techniques.
Some of them may even bring in new flavors, while others can quickly destroy your stash if done recklessly. Nevertheless, you can help restore it to its (nearly) former glory.
Hemp dries from the outside in. The outer leaves may seem dry, but the inner bud and stems might still hold considerable amounts of water.
USE HUMIDITY CONTROL PACKS TO MAINTAIN PERFECT MOISTURE LEVELS
Buds should be placed in an airtight container for storage. Unfortunately, hemp will continue to exchange water with the surrounding air. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to maintain the perfect environment for hemp is with a moisture pack.
Not only do these nifty little packs work with harvests big and small, but the silicone gel inside takes over the job of exchanging moisture with the air around your buds. The result is a perfectly maintained relative humidity of 58–65%.
Fortunately, in the same way hemp can release water into the air, it can also suck water molecules back into the bud.
The solution is relatively simple. All you need is an airtight container (again!), or something awfully close. In this remedial situation, being airtight is not essential to success. But after rehydration and for long-term storage, airtight containers are indeed necessary.
The general idea is to increase the relative humidity inside the container to create a microclimate. Water molecules will disperse from high concentration zones to lower concentration zones until it has evened out.
There are several ways to achieve this—some you can even do regardless of excessive dryness. All these methods are slight variations on one another (except for the super express methods described below), but they do have their nuances.
Don’t have a humidity pack handy? Try one of these methods to rehydrate your hemp flower! Read carefully!
BREAD SLICE, LETTUCE, OR TORTILLA
This is a non-flavor-adding technique. Grab a slice of bread and moisten it (don't soak it). Alternatively, lettuce leaves work great too. And so does that tortilla we all have in our refrigerators.
Place it on top of the hemp flower in a thick plastic or Ziploc bag, close it tight, and let it sit for an hour or two. When the time has elapsed, check your hemp flower, and move it around a little. Check the lettuce, bread, or tortilla for how much drier it is. This is a clear indication of the amount of water retained by the buds.
Depending on the size of your stash, you may need to repeat this a couple of times. The trick is to not rush it. For instance, do not excessively moisten the bread or leave the same lettuce leaf in there for too long. This could lead to MOLD, which could transfer onto the buds.
Inspect thoroughly, and when satisfied, move the hemp flower to a proper airtight container for prolonged storage.
FRUIT PEEL METHOD
This trick adds a little fun factor and is great for experimentation. You can use several types of fruit peels and herbs to rehydrate your hemp flower, in precisely the same way as described above. The difference is that there will also be a transference of taste and smell.
The most commonly used fruits are oranges and limes, as they are especially useful in rehydrating your buds, but also lend their citrusy flavor to the hemp flower. They should not be used for long-term storage and curing, as they could cause mold or bud rot. Daily close inspection is needed to avoid any sort of fungal outbreak. Simply substituting the peel every couple of days will ensure the added taste lingers.
Banana peels are also quite popular. Quicker in action too, but they also rot much quicker. Some people swear it makes the hemp flower more potent, though there is no concrete evidence to support this. Apple peels do not transfer their taste quite as effectively, but they do release moisture slowly and consistently, which is great for even rehydration.
Regardless of your chosen fruit, the trick is to leave the peels with your buds for several hours. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a day until the buds are in good, smokable shape.
You can also add in things like mint, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, or any other fragrance-rich cooking herb. Not only will they work for rehydration, but they will also add a zing to your smoke.
Which ever method you choose, play close attention to it for optimal results!