Is Dry Weed Bad? Why Sticky Cannabis Is Better

Medically reviewed by Naheed Ali, MD, PHD
Is Dry Weed Bad? Why Sticky Cannabis Is Better - Secret Nature

Yes, dry weed is inferior to sticky weed because it burns more harshly and isn’t as potent. Not all dry cannabis is always bad. For instance, you could have simply failed to properly reseal a bag of what was once the juiciest, stickiest bud ever, causing it to dry out prematurely.

Smoking sticky buds is far superior and more potent as compared to smoking dry cannabis, which is harsher, with a worse taste, and less effective. Secret Nature buds are always perfectly sticky, so we have no reason to favor dry nugs. Trust us to deliver the straight facts regarding what makes cannabis go dry and whether or not you should smoke it.

Dry Cannabis

Dry cannabis has a negative image for being outdated or a low-cost, "dirty" substitute for higher-quality sticky buds. A dried bud might basically mean that the plants were left hanging for too long or that the buds have fewer trichomes. The quantity of trichomes present varies per strain, but it may also be influenced by growth circumstances and surroundings.

Sticky Cannabis

  1. The stickier and more resinous the flower, the stronger and fuller of flavor it is. Cannabinoids like psychotropic THC are abundant in these dense and sticky buds. Stickier buds feature an abundance of trichomes and are fantastic for smoking.
  2. Buds should be sticky and moist What makes cannabis dry?

Cannabis processing typically consists of harvesting at the appropriate time, drying the collected product with minimal loss of active ingredients, extracting cannabinoids, and storing the product for future processing.

Over-drying after harvest and poor storage are the two most prominent causes of weed drying beyond its ideal threshold. Cannabis is a plant that uses water to grow. When they are first cut off from their roots, cannabis buds remain very wet, making it necessary to dry them before smoking.

Cannabis dries in an outward manner. Although the outside leaves appear to be dry, the inner buds and stems may still contain significant amounts of water. As a result, cultivators frequently use the stem-snapping procedure to determine dryness.

What is the best moisture content for cannabis buds?

Every cannabis producer has their own preference, but it’s universally agreed that weed smokes the best when it contains 10-12% moisture. At moisture levels of less than 10%, cannabis becomes progressively harsher until it is entirely unsmokable, and dried cannabis with a moisture level of more than 12% is more susceptible to mold.

In general, the higher the concentration of cannabinoids, the more resinous (sticky) it will be. The lower a cannabis bud’s moisture content, the more its terpenes and cannabinoids have oxidized as well. Oxidation can do a lot of things to cannabis molecules, but it almost always leads to reduced potency in one way or another.

Does weed go bad?

Yes, cannabis is a preserved flower, so it naturally goes bad after a while. The main way cannabis can go bad is by becoming too dry, but after a while, the active components in cannabis buds will also oxidize, changing their chemical makeup and reducing potency.

Never smoke cannabis that is more than three months old unless it has been preserved using a method that retains moisture content.

Can you smoke dry weed?

Smoking dry weed is thoroughly inferior to smoking sticky buds. The smoke produced by dry weed is much harsher, and it may even be less potent. Smoking dry cannabis shouldn’t be dangerous, but it’s certainly not the right way to go about things.

Is weed OK if it’s dry?

No, dry weed is most certainly not okay in a general sense. Compared to moister buds, dry weed tastes worse and isn’t as effective. You might be able to infuse moisture back into your dry buds, but don’t count on it.

Has weed gone bad if it’s crumbly?

Crumbliness is one of the most surefire signs that your cannabis buds have gone bad. Flowers get crumbly when they're dry, and if your buds are dry enough to crumble, they’ve passed the point of no return.

Let’s cover some of the most obvious signs that weed has gone bad:

  • It has a musty odor or no smell at all.
  • It doesn’t leave any oil on your hands when you touch it.
  • It crumbles or turns into powder when you break it up.
  • It’s extremely harsh and bad-tasting when smoked.
  • It doesn’t get you as high as sticky weed.

Is dry weed the same as “dirt weed”?

In cannabis circles, the term “dirt weed” is sometimes used to refer to weed that is overall low-quality or unsmokable. A lot of factors can cause cannabis buds to be considered “dirt weed,” including poor cultivation practices or an unattractive outward appearance.

Dry weed is more likely to be dubbed “dirt weed” than other types of cannabis because of its tendency to turn into a substance resembling dirt when broken up. No matter how much of it you pile up, dirt weed isn’t worth much more than the dirt outside your window.

Low-quality cannabis has the following characteristics:

  • A lot of seeds
  • A large number of stems
  • Colors such as brown or yellow.
  • too dry
  • The odour of old hay or ammonia
  • Trichomes are absent.

How do you rehydrate weed?

If you want to pump some moisture back into dried-out weed, all you need to do is store your cannabis buds with something that’s slightly wet. In most cases, fruit peels are used since they also impart pleasant flavors and aromas when stored in the same container as cannabis.

Does orange peel help dry weed?

Yes, storing dry cannabis with fresh orange peels can transfer moisture from the peels to the cannabis, making it fill up with moisture. There are a few things to watch out for, though:

  • If your orange peels are too dry, they won’t add much moisture to dry weed.
  • If they’re too wet, orange peels could make your weed “moldy.”
  • There’s no guarantee that storing your weed with orange peels will make your weed significantly stickier.

Can weed expire?

Even though cannabis products usually don’t come with expiration dates, they will expire after a certain amount of time. There’s some disagreement, but most cannabis producers and users suggest that weed becomes bad after sitting in a jar for around six months. If it’s stored well, weed might stay good for over a year, and putting your buds in the freezer preserves them even longer.

How long does weed potency last?

Research indicates that cannabis loses around 16% of its cannabinoid potency per year. So, if your buds originally contained 25% total cannabinoids, they’ll only punch in at around 9% a year later. After two years, even the dankest buds have lost their potency altogether.

Secret Nature is always damp and sticky

If you’ve seen any answers to the questions we’ve answered elsewhere on the web, you know they’re mostly apologies for dry hemp, spinning the situation to make it seem like dry weed is just as good as sticky weed.

  • Secret Nature Frosted Kush CBD Hemp Flower review - Lindsey M. “Good buy!” ★★★★★ “A very relaxing mellow strain that’s wonderful for pain and sleep! Very good effects made me feel relaxed slept all night for the first time in awhile. Worth every penny .”

That position is patently false, though. While it’s fine for cannabis buds to be slightly on the dry side, cannabis with moisture content levels below 10% will produce dry, harsh smoke each and every time.

  • Secret Nature Diesel Puff CBD Hemp Pre-Roll 7-Pack review - Brandon I. “Diesel puff” ★★★★★ “This diesel puff is really good the smell the taste and it gives you a really good head change and a up feeling secret nature is the best place to get cbd flower I won't ever buy from anywhere else. Thanks guys.”

We also know that cannabis dryness is usually a sign of your buds being old. And, old buds are less potent than fresh buds: That’s another objective fact.

  • Secret Nature Mocha CBD Hemp Flower review - Brian D. “Excellent” ★★★★★ “Great flower structure. Is very potent and tasty. I like that it’s sent in a nitrogen sealed can.”

Trust your instincts as you choose the stickiest hemp nugs on the internet. If they look better in pictures and customers say they’re perfectly moist, you’ve found your hemp heaven.


Al Ubeed HMS, Wills RBH, Chandrapala J. Post-Harvest Operations to Generate High-Quality Medicinal Cannabis Products: A Systemic Review. Molecules. 2022;27(5):1719. Published 2022 Mar 6. doi:10.3390/molecules27051719







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