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Updated December 22nd, 2022: Once your cannabis plant has finished growing, it’s time to reap the fruits of your labor – your cannabis buds! Sadly, you can’t use your harvested yield immediately as it must first be dried and cured. This process of drying cannabis buds can be long, spanning over several weeks. Therefore, a common practice is to dry and test a small bud sample to see if they’re ready or to satisfy your curiosity. This tutorial will guide you on how to expedite the drying process for a testing sample or an immediate need!

how to quickly dry a sample bud

How To Dry A Sample Bud Quickly For Testing:

There are a few different methods to help you quick-dry your buds and allow you to test if the rest of the batch is ready or not.

Quick-Dry In The Oven Or Microwave:

If you are in a time crunch, it’s possible to dry a few buds in the oven or microwave in a matter of minutes rather than waiting days.

  1. Trim your buds so they are neat and tidy and then lay them on an oven-safe baking sheet.
  2. Lay your buds neatly spaced on the baking sheet with at least an inch or two of space in between.
  3. Set your oven to around 150 degree Fahrenheit.
  4. Leave the tray and buds in the oven in for 5 minutes.
  5. Pull the tray out, flip the buds over, and place them back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
quick drying buds for testing

The overall goal of this technique is to ensure that the heat is at a relatively low setting to ensure you don’t damage the cannabis or overcook it which can kill the THC in the buds.

Leaving Buds In The Sunlight:

If you don’t have an oven, you can go the old natural way, and use the sunlight to quickly dry out the buds. Along with this, by placing your buds in brown paper bags, will help to absorb any additional moisture along with the sunlight.

  1. Place your buds in brown paper bags.
  2. Place these bags outdoors in direct sunlight.
  3. Place something heavy in the bag to ensure that the wind doesn’t knock over your bags.
  4. Leave the brown bags outdoors for a few hours, and check back on the moisture later in the day.

What Happens When Buds Dry Too Quickly

If buds dry too quickly they will become bitter and will have a slightly different aftertaste when smoked. This is because there’s more chlorophyll remaining in the buds. That being said, if you are just drying to test the buds, then I wouldn’t worry too much about drying the buds too quickly.

Can Buds Dry In 3 Days?

If you are drying your whole grow, then it’s unlikely buds can dry in 3 day. It generally takes 7-10 days to dry your buds by traditionally hanging. But if you are just looking to dry a sample to test, then it’s definitely possible to dry buds in less than 3 days by using one of the methods above.

Final Thoughts On How To Quickly Dry A Sample Bud:

Whether you’re looking to test out if your buds are ready, or you just need a small amount of cannabis to get you through the day, then you should try quick-drying rather than traditional cannabis drying methods.

Overall, both of these methods above will help to dry a small number of buds quickly and allow you to test it before taking weeks to dry the entire yield! I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on how to quickly dry a sample bud.



About David Rhodes

David has been working in the cannabis industry for the past 17 years with experience working overseas in Amsterdam as a budtender for 5 years! His goal is to help you with your cannabis grow! Learn More About David!

David Rhodes