How to Rehydrate Dry Weed (2022)

Air tight and out of sight. This classic maxim should tell you all that you need to know about storing marijuana and keeping your weed at its pristine, smokeable best. As long as your pot is stored correctly, in the dark and in a sealed jar, you should have access to dank, sticky buds for as long as your stash holds out. However, here in the real world, we know that keeping your cannabis at its maximum flavor and potency over time can be much harder than it seems. Every consumer has encountered dried out weed in their cannabis consuming lifetime. Sometimes it was left out too long, sometimes it got too old, and sometimes it’s not the fault of the cannabis fan at all.

For the weed loving residents of high and dry states like Colorado, Arizona, or Utah, desiccated buds can be unavoidable thanks to the local climate.

Whatever the reason, if you’re left with dry weed the last thing you want to do is smoke it. That brittle bud can turn to powder on its way from your fingers to your bowl. When you smoke it, not only are you inhaling a harsher smoke that’s burning way too hot, but the THC percentage has dropped as the terpenes have dried up and the trichomes have likely broken off. However, you may have spent good money on that top shelf bud and don’t want it to go to waste. So what can you do? PotGuide is here to give you the best ways to rehydrate your dry bud, from store-bought products to DIY techniques.

Humidity Packs Work Wonders on Cannabis

After it’s been snipped from the stalk and cured, the ideal level of moisture you want to keep your bud at is around 55%-62% RH (Relative Humidity). Of course, maintaining this can get difficult unless you’ve got a keen eye for hydration levels, a fine spray bottle of distilled water, and a lot of time on your hands. The easiest way to keep your weed at its ideal relative humidity is to throw a humidity pack in the jar. There are several companies to choose from, but we’ll focus on the big three.

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Humidity packs can help restore moisture to your marijuana.

Humidity packs like those made by Boveda contain a salt solution that adds or subtracts moisture from the surrounding air based on the temperature. The relative humidity percentage that the pack maintains is printed on the package in an easy to read number (such as “62”) and there are several options to choose from. Once the pack loses its softness, throw in another fresh one and you’re good to go.

If you’re looking for a chemical-free, all-natural route, humidity packs made by Integra Boost use a non-salt, biodegradable type of mixture that still produces or absorbs moisture in order to keep your weed at its dankest. If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly option, Integra Boost is the one.

Finally, a newcomer to the market (and a small business to support if you don’t want to give money to bigger brands, Evergreen Pods are capsules instead of packs that stick to the underside of your jar’s lid. They still maintain the exact relative humidity of your weed and like the other packs will even rehydrate your dry marijuana in order to salvage it.

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Evergreen Pods are reusable for up to 5 years.

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These pods are reusable for up to five years and while they are a little pricier, for $20 you get the Evergreen Pod, a jar with an opaque silicone sleeve to block out light, and a specially designed jar lid and wet-erase marker so that you can write the strain on top and any notes.

Cannabis Humidors are Worth Considering for Connoisseurs

If you’ve got money to burn and especially hate smoking anything but the dankest, freshest bud, a cannabis humidor is a fine investment. A lower end humidifier will maintain your weed’s RH using distilled water and sponges that you’ll have to monitor and refill every now and then. A high tech one will use a propylene glycol mixture that is much easier to maintain and may even send Bluetooth updates to your phone on how your weed is doing.

DIY Techniques for Rehydrating Dry Marijuana

Humidity packs and cannabis humidors are the best options available for rehydrating your weed. However, if you need to bring moisture back into some dry weed in a pinch, there are several household items you might have lying around that can do the trick.

**Please note, PotGuide strongly recommends using humidity packs or a cannabis humidor to rehydrate dry weed. The techniques listed below are anecdotal claims and are not backed by science, research and testing such as the methods listed above. Always proceed with caution when introducing moisture to cannabis via homemade methods.**


When it comes to rehydrating weed the old fashioned way, there are a couple options. Lettuce, specifically iceberg, works wonders for rehydrating weed due to its high water content. Leave a couple narrow strips in your jar for a couple of hours and voila.

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Lettuce can provide needed moisture for dry flower in a pinch. photo credit


Just be sure the lettuce strips aren’t touching your weed, and remove them once your bud has rehydrated. This way neither the lettuce or your weed will start molding. You’ll know how hydrated your buds have become based on how dry the lettuce has become. As an added bonus, lettuce doesn’t add any flavor to the weed.


A slice of bread is another option for rehydrating without adding any extra flavor to your bud. Splash a bit of water on the bread to moisten it, then follow the same method as the lettuce. As long as it’s not touching the weed you’re good to go.

Fresh Paper Towel/Q-Tip/Cotton Swab

Whichever absorbent fabric option you choose, make sure that you use distilled or filtered water. Otherwise, the minerals and chemicals in your water will get into your bud, making it taste weird. Get your paper towel or cotton moist but not soaked, and put it in a plastic bag with a couple of holes poked in it. This will keep your weed from getting too wet, which can make mold grow. Then put that bag in your jar for a couple of hours.

Citrus Peel

This is the age-old trick for rehydrating bud, done by our parent’s generation and the ones that came before. Since citrus peels are naturally moist with essential oils, that thin skin of orange, lemon, satsuma, or whatever other scurvy-preventing option you choose works perfectly to danken your nug back up.

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Using citrus peels is one of the oldest anecdotal methods for rehydrating weed. photo credit

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Just place the peel in the jar along with your weed (but not touching it) and seal it tight until your weed freshens up. As an added bonus, you’ll get some citrus terpenes added into your nug, enhancing the flavor.

Final Thoughts on Adding Moisture to Dry Weed

If you find yourself opening your stash jar only to find that your nug is more desert than forest, don’t feel like you’re stuck smoking inferior bud. If you’ve planned ahead and made some smart purchases, just throw a humidity pack in there and you’ll be good to go. However, if you need to rehydrate your weed today without modern technology, just head to your kitchen for some supplies. In a couple of hours you’ll be back to smoking bud that’s almost as moist and kind as when it was cured.

What’s your favorite method for restoring moisture to your favorite cannabis strains? Share tips, tricks and experiences in the comments below.


Will humidity packs rehydrate weed? ›

While 2-way humidity packs may not exactly be cannabis killers, they may not be worth the risk if there are alternatives. And thankfully, there are. Terracotta humidifying stones are a great way to rehydrate cannabis that's gotten too dry over time.

Will lemon peel rehydrate weed? ›

Using Citrus Peels To Rehydrate Your Weed

Out of countless methods commonly used to rehydrate cannabis, the best method involves using citrus peels. Many strains of cannabis contain the terpene limonene, which is the same terpene found in the rinds of citrus fruits.

Can orange peel rehydrate weed? ›

Using citrus peels is one of the most popular DIY techniques for rehydrating weed. All you have to do is cut off a strip of the peel of an orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit and place it in your nug jar — tightly sealed of course.

How do you rehydrate boost packs? ›

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How do you get moisture back into buds? ›

Wet some cotton and place it in tin foil. Poke the tin foil to make some holes for ventilation. Place it in a container next to your buds for a few hours and watch as the nuggets become moist again.

Can you rehydrate weed with an apple? ›

Citrus peels and apple slices are a great way to get some moisture back into your dud bud while adding flavor. Just toss a slice of citrus peels or apple into a sealed jar with your dried out cannabis and watch as life returns to your cannabis.

What happens if you Overdry weed? ›

After curing, the goal should be to minimize the moisture evaporation at every stage, from weighing to pre-rolling to packaging. Rehydrating overdried cannabis addresses the overdried aspect, but once overdried, many terpenes are lost forever, resulting in less aromatic and flavorful cannabis.

How do you revive dry cigars? ›

Slowly expose the open cigar box to humidity in a cellar or other damp location rotating the cigars for about a week (longer if the cigars are extremely dry). Then place the cigars in a humidor at 70% humidity and every 2-3 days give them a quarter turn rotation until all cigars have been fully rotated at least twice.

Should I burp jars with Boveda? ›

Curing with Boveda eliminates the need to burp cannabis to regulate moisture. (Boveda automatically absorbs excess moisture, after all.) But old habits die hard, so many growers who use Boveda still open their jars daily. Full disclosure, I burped my cure every day for two weeks.

Why do Boveda packs get hard? ›

IF BOVEDA IS AT ROOM TEMPERATURE and the pack feels rock hard all the way through (and not just in the corners or in spots), then it's likely expired. Shop for replacement Boveda. IF BOVEDA IS BELOW ROOM TEMPERATURE and the pack feels cold and rock hard, let it warm up to room temperature.

Can you water cure dry bud? ›

Can You Water Cure Already Dried Weed? You can water cure dried bud to remove particulates and terpenes, but you'll then have to let it dry once more. Water curing fresh weed will save a lot of time and prevent you from drying your flowers twice.

Will a Boveda pack help dry weed? ›

Everyone knows Boveda salt-based humidity control packs are the only way to protect cannabis from overdrying and save the terps. By creating a literal terpene shield around the cured and dried bud, Boveda ensures it stays as fresh and potent as the day it was packaged.

What does humidity packs do for weed? ›

Without a proper way to monitor and adjust the humidity in your container, the cannabis will dry over time. Using cannabis humidity packs like Boveda 62 in the container allows you to quickly replace the lost moisture both in the air and in the plant. The cannabis is then the same original quality every time.

Do Boveda packs ruin weed? ›

It's a two-way humidity controller, meaning the vapor flows in and out of the pack to either add or remove moisture when needed. Thus, Boveda locks in moisture and keeps cannabis potent.

How long do Boveda packs take to work weed? ›

In just 3 days, Boveda can bring the air inside a cannabis container or package up to the right RH. Buds are dense, so it takes them more time to absorb Boveda's pure water vapor. Within just 7 days, the flower inside the container or package will reach the ideal RH level.

Should I burp jars with Boveda? ›

Curing with Boveda eliminates the need to burp cannabis to regulate moisture. (Boveda automatically absorbs excess moisture, after all.) But old habits die hard, so many growers who use Boveda still open their jars daily. Full disclosure, I burped my cure every day for two weeks.

Is 72 humidity too high for weed? ›

Cannabis always needs to be stored in environments below 65 percent RH to remain safe for consumption. Anytime cannabis is exposed to humidity levels above 65 percent, it is at risk of mold and microbial contamination.

Can Boveda packs cause mold? ›

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Do plastic bags dry out weed? ›

And if the air inside the bag is getting out, it also means that the air outside the bag is getting in. That's a recipe for dried-out, nasty-tasting marijuana. Here's another issue: household plastic bags can carry a static charge. This charge will pull the trichomes off your bud.

What moisture content should weed be? ›

Properly dried cannabis contains 10 to 12 percent moisture. To avoid moisture contents above 12 percent, which make dried cannabis more prone to mold, you need to precisely determine the moisture content for, example by means of highly accurate, user-friendly moisture analyzers.

Is 69% humidity good for weed? ›

The range for relative humidity for storing weed is 59% to 63%, though some will go as low as 54%. and some will go higher than 63%. Humidity packs are small pouches that contain a mix of water and salts.

Does Boveda steal terpenes? ›

No, Boveda does not steal terpenes. It's the only humidity control that protects terps.

Do Boveda Packs add moisture? ›

Boveda makes humidity control effortless.

Other packaging inserts either add moisture or remove moisture. Boveda does both, monitoring the RH (relative humidity) inside the container and regulating to the specific RH engineered into the Boveda.

Can Boveda touch weed? ›

Sure, Boveda can 100% come in contact with cannabis and hemp. Boveda is FDA compliant and food safe. So feel free to slip in Boveda among your buds in your bins. Or place us on top of or at bottom of your cannabis in a jar.

When should I put my buds in jars? ›

Drying cannabis takes around 5-15 days. Your buds are ready for jar curing when they're completely dry. If your buds aren't dry enough when you put them into the jar to cure, you risk developing mold and ruining your crop. Knowing they're ready can be tough for the beginner grower to gauge.

How long can I leave a Boveda pack in for? ›

Boveda packs last anywhere from 2 months to 6 months depending on the size of the environment you're humidifying, how many cigars you're storing, and how many packs you're using. To ensure your Boveda pouches last a long time and are effective until you replace them, follow these simple steps.


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