I've only done it a few times but I've noticed that branches of fresh bud that have been soaked in room temperature water, gently swung in arcs, then hung to dry will dry faster than bud from the same plant that wasn't soaked in water.
The branches can be gently swirled in the water but don't thrash them around or you will knock off or smudge resin heads....use lots of clean water, don't squash lots of branches together or you will also lose resin heads.
Every grower should at least try soaking a small bud or two or an hour or a day or two or a week just to check out what happens. but I reckon that soaking branches in water is best used when you have mites or other insects that have infested plants during flowering..or there's mud or lots of dust on the bud, then soaking the branches in clean water will help remove some of the insects. With mite infested bud, I'd suggest giving the branches a close manicure first as most of the mites will be on the leaves, not the buds, then soak and you will notice mites, egg casing and other associated crap from mites floating in the water..repeat a few times and the bud will have a lot less mites on it.
and there's soaking and there's really long soaking...I've only soaked bud a few times years ago for less than an hour so the resulting dried bud is a lot more like normally dried bud than bud that has been soaked for a week or more, I've also soaked bud for an hour or two for a few days in a row too and that will end up being browner etc....but if you soak the bud each day, all day (changing the water each day) for 7 days (as some "water cure" threads have suggested) then the end (dried) result will be dirt brown in color, lighter in weight, shrunken in size and brittle bud that has little to no taste. If you only soak the bud for an hour or less, then it will dry to be much less brittle, less dirt brown looking, heavier, less shrunken etc.
You can also soak bud that tastes shitty, if the cause of the shitty taste is water soluble, then the re-dried bud will taste better (though if you come across bud that tastes terrible, doesn't burn properly or smells odd, then I'd suggest gently dry sifting it over screens to reap the trichomes (resin heads) rather than trying to make the bud smoke-able with H2O. (but obviously you can't dry sift mite infested bud as the hash will be full of mites and mite crap)
Last edited by tropicannayeah; 10-09-2014 at 07:40 AM..