Can You Smoke Wet Weed? (And How to Dry It)

So, you’ve got some wet weed and are wondering if you can smoke it?

I’ve been in this situation plenty of times before.

In this article, I’ll tell you:

  • If you can smoke wet weed
  • The best way to dry it
  • What to do if you can’t wait for it to dry

Can You Smoke Wet Weed?

Well, the short answer is yes, technically you can smoke wet weed. However, you will find that it’s hard to grind, tastes really bad, doesn’t burn well, and will probably not get you as high as a traditional dry weed.

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Why Wet Weed Sucks

Holding Wet Weed

If you’re like me, you may be tempted to just ignore the fact that your weed is wet and start using it immediately.

Here’s why that’s a bad idea…

1. It’s Harder To Grind

Marijuana that is wet is basically impossible to properly grind down.

If you are an experienced cannabis user, you’ll know that you need to be able to grind weed into tiny, smokable particles.

This involves placing the weed into a grinder and gently breaking it up to make it easier to combust.

However, wet marijuana is going to get stuck in the spokes of the grinder, meaning you will use far more weed than you normally would.

2. It doesn’t burn well

If you try and burn some of your wet weed, you’ll immediately notice how difficult it is to burn.

What usually happens is that your joint will sputter and spit when you try to light up instead of causing instant combustion.

Ultimately, your join or bong will probably fail to light up completely.

And even if it does light up, it will be super smokey.

3. It tastes terrible

Smelling Cannabis

If by some miracle you do manage to get your blunt lit up, you’re going to find that it tastes terrible.

When you try to smoke wet weed, you get excess water vapor mixed into the smoke.

This gives the weed a damp and acrid taste that is far from pleasant.

Why It’s Important To Dry Damp Weed

The development of mold is probably the biggest danger when it comes to wet weed.

If you allow your soggy marijuana to stay that way for too long, it will begin to develop white, powdery mold that can actually be very dangerous to try to smoke.

How To Dry Wet Weed

There are a few different ways to dry wet weed. Here are the most popular ways:

1. The Rice Method

White Rice

The rice method is probably the most popular way of drying weed.

You’ve probably heard of people using rice to dry their phones when they are wet.

Rice works well because it has a sensational tendency to pull moisture out of any surface osmotically.

So if you’re trying to dry marijuana, use rice and get a cup or two of it and place it in a large vessel.

So the water in your buds will transfer over to the rice after a while.

The only problem with this method is probably that your weed may develop a slight rice flavor.

2. Paper Towel Method

If you don’t have any rice on hand, then the paper method is going to have to suffice. This method is easier and requires paper towels.

All you do is wrap up your soggy buds in some paper towels or even toilet paper if you have the thick type.

However, you should note that it needs to be good-quality paper.

Keep your buds wrapped tightly, and as long as it has direct contact with the paper, moisture will pull right out of the buds.

Perhaps the only thing to watch out for with this method is that the moisture that is pulled off the buds is kept right next to it, and ultimately this creates the ideal environment for mold to develop.

In order to watch out for this, keep your buds in paper towels in a well-ventilated and dry area. Use some kind of artificial ventilators such as a fan or dehumidifier if you have one on hand.

You should also change the paper towel every couple of hours and wrap it tightly every time. This will ultimately speed up the drying process. This will increase the rate at which the moisture is drying up.

How To Smoke Wet Weed

Joint In Mouth

If you have ever been in a situation where your weed gets wet, you know have no doubt been tempted to try and dry it quickly.

However, putting your weed buds in a microwave, dryer, or even inside the oven on low is a bad idea.

Even leaving it in the sun for a couple of hours is a no-no.

All of these methods are not advisable as they devalue your weed. Eventually, they will decrease the trichomes and burn off the THC count as well as other valuable cannabinoids that are present in the buds.

Eventually, you will also make the smoke smell less pleasant. Therefore the best thing to do if your weed ever gets wet is to exercise patience and not look for the quickest way to get it dried.

You will always need to be cautious of drying your weed. You basically have no other choice but to wait. Even if your weed has the slightest trace of mold, smoking it can be bad for your health.

You also need to take into consideration how your weed got wet. If you dropped your marijuana in the sea, don’t even bother trying to smoke it after all of that salt has been absorbed into it as it’s definitely a no-no.

The same rule applies if you dropped it in a swimming pool; however, if it fell in potted water, it can still be salvaged.

Ultimately, the best way to smoke wet weed is to first dry it by either using the rice method or the paper towel method.


Having your weed get wet is probably not the worst that can happen.

However, once this happens and if you decide to keep the weed and smoke it, you would have to go about the proper process of drying it.

The rice method and the paper towel method are two of the most effective and best ways to dry weed as it will preserve the trichomes as well as the THC and cannabinoid content and also make it safe for consumption.

James Alexander James Alexander
Hey, I'm James! The founder and head writer here at I started this site to share my passion and knowledge of all things cannabis. I used to work as a budtender in central Amsterdam, and have over 7 years of growing experience.

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