Article by Donalee Moulton, Windsor Star
High and dry is not a winning combination for cannabis consumers. When buds and plants lose moisture, cannabis experts in the know say users lose out on flavour, potency and a more pleasurable rolling and taste experience.
Dryness is a major issue for smokers. Indeed, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) devotes an entire page on how to properly store cannabis so it doesn’t become dehydrated.
But how dry is too dry? The answer is actually quantifiable, suggests Jeremy Jacob, founder and CEO of Vancouver’s Village Bloomery, and president of the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers. “Less than 10 percent moisture content is too dry,” Jacob maintains.
In practical terms, there’s a quick way to test if weed is too dry. To do so, put a piece of the bud in the palm of your hand and then roll it between your thumb and index finger.
“If it crushes to powder, it’s way too dry,” advises Terrence Irving, master grower with Green Stripe Naturals Ltd., in Kingston, Jamaica.
Too-dry cannabis downgrades the good of terpenes
The drier the cannabis, the more likely users are to experience a range of issues. Many of those are linked to terpenes, aromatic oils that give cannabis its distinctive aromas and taste, as well as impact the effects of THC. “Lower terpenes means less flavour and a reduction in the modulating effects that consumers are looking for,” says Jacob. “Higher terpene content enhances the potency of cannabinoids. In fact, many experienced growers choose their flowers for terpenes over THC content,” he reports.