drying has nothing to do with the harshness of the smoke, it's the curing part that controls the harshness of the smoke.
I must respectfully disagree with you on this belief. In my experience the longer and slower the drying process, the smoother the final product is. What works for me might not work the same for someone else, as I live in an incredibly dry environment. A full grown mature plant hung up in a dark closet with air circulating at around 78 degrees will be crispy bone dry in 3 days... I mean crispy. No mater how well cured after a quick dry like that... the final product will never be as smooth as a same plant hung up in the same closet, but with a humidifier and slowly dried over the course of 7-9 days and then cured in the same manner.
This is just my experience... I'm not saying someone couldn't have better results with a quick dry... just that I absolutely can't where I live.EDIT:
to respond to the OP...
Moist rice will spoil, and dry rice can be abrasive. Trichomes could very easily get dislodged if buds were buried in some rice. If it's just sitting on top of the rice... then why not just hang it and and avoid any further complications
Edited by smoove, 22 April 2009 - 11:50 PM.