Yes, or no? Do you smoke weed stems? Do you smoke weed seeds?
Smoking weed stems can be a tricky proposition. While some people do claim that they have smoked weed stems, it is not recommended, as the stems contain little of the active ingredient in cannabis and can be difficult to inhale due to their fibrous nature.
Even if the individual manages to smoke them, there is no guarantee that any sort of effect will result from it.
Rather than smoking them, many people opt to use weed stems for other purposes. One popular use for them is in the production of edibles.
The stems contain a small amount of THC, which can give edibles produced with them an extra kick of potency.
When making such edibles, it is important to be aware of how much THC each stem contains as too much could lead to an unpleasant experience.
In addition to being used in food recipes, weed stems can also be used for making tea – a process which requires boiling and straining the mixture several times before consumption in order to reduce any potential toxins present in the water.
Other recipes suggest making tinctures or oils by infusing alcohol or oil with the dried and crushed up stems, allowing you to consume cannabinoids without having to smoke it directly.
Finally, some people opt for creating hashish from their marijuana stems by separating trichomes from them using ice-water extraction methods and then pressing them into a form suitable for smoking or vaporizing.
By utilizing these steps and recipes with marijuana stems rather than smoking them directly, one has more control over their intake while still benefiting from all that cannabis has to offer – improved relaxation levels, reduced stress and anxiety relief, better focus and concentration, among other effects.
Can Weed Stems Get You High?
Believe it or not, they can. But you’ll need to be a little inventive. Weed stems do contain trichomes but have very little THC, less than 0.3%, to be exact. Unlike smoking weed, you can’t smoke weed stems and get stoned.
With a little ingenuity, however, cannabis stems can get you high if you transform them.
For starters, you can create hash. But this will require a large amount of stems (like a couple of ounces).
This method of making hashish involves kneading the stems between your fingers. Then simply scrape off the resin. While it’s not as strong as bubble hash, finger hash will definitely get you high.
You can also use stems to make kief, but you’ll need to freeze them first. Then just shake the frozen stems in a big clean tray. Hint: a stainless steel cake pan is a good choice as the resin is less likely to stick to it.
Lastly, collect the kief by using a plastic card to create a condensed pile. An old credit card works wonders for this step. Add the kief to a joint, on top of flower in a bowl, or a hash pipe.
This isn’t the only way to get buzzed by leftover weed stems. In just a few steps, you can also make countless goodies and beverages.
Here we’ll outline the useful things you can make with your leftovers, including:
-Cannabis Edibles & butter
Can You Smoke Weed Stems?
You can. But we don’t suggest it. Stems contain very little THC. Smoking weed stems will not get you high like smoking cannabis flower, but it will be harsh.
Weed stems are stalky, and they burn at a high temperature when smoked, resulting in an unenjoyable and harsh smoke.
When you smoke weed stems, it can leave you with a terrible headache or a sore throat. The methods we recommend below should produce a much more pleasant experience.
Can You Eat Weed Stems?
Yes. But don’t expect them to be delectable or decadent. Marijuana stems are not tasty. Plus, you won’t get stoned by simply noshing on a weed stem.
To get a buzz from weed stems, you actually need to expose them to heat, light or oxidation to produce a psychoactive effect. This process is known as decarboxylation. You must always activate the THC in any part of the cannabis plant (stems included) before making edibles.
What To Do With Weed Stems
Here are some unique ways weed stems from cannabis plants can be used and revitalized.
Make Cannabis Tea With Weed Stems
A fantastic and foolproof way to consume weed stems is to brew up cannabis infused tea.
To do this, gather a couple of grams of weed stems (or about one tablespoon worth). Remember, they need to be decarboxylated in order to get you high.
You can accomplish this by placing the weed stems on a baking sheet. Heat the stems in the oven at 220-240 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.
Once the timer goes off, remove the cannabis stems and place them in reusable tea filter bags. Out of tea bags? Grab a coffee filter and tie it up for a makeshift one.
Steep the cannabis tea bag for 5-10 minutes. Top it off with honey, sugar or your favorite condiment. A little sweetness can help mask the herbal flavor.
Make Edibles With Weed Stems
How do you make cannabutter?
Follow our easy recipe:
-Heat one cup of butter (or coconut oil) over low heat in a saucepan until melted.
-Add one cup of water and let simmer for 30 minutes.
-Grind up the decarboxylated stems (15-25 grams is a good amount of stems for a starting point, use more if you have it!).
-Simmer the mixture for about 4 hours. Be sure to stir often.
-Take the buttery weed mixture off heat and allow to cool.
Strain the mixture through a strainer or cheesecloth into a food storage container.
-Seal the container and refrigerate until the mixture is fully hardened.
If there’s any water that has separated from the butter just pour it out.
This cannabis infused butter recipe provides the basis for any cannabis goodies you want to create. From brownies and cookies, to candies and cakes, cannabutter can do wonders.
Keep in mind cannabutter made from cannabis stems is not as strong as cannabutter made from cannabis flower. So you might need a little more in your favorite recipe.
Make A Tincture With Weed Stems
Not an edible lover? Tinctures are a perfect alternative to getting the THC buzz you seek. Plus they’re great for micro dosing.
All you need is the right amount of leftover weed stems.
Here’s an easy recipe for making a cannabis tincture. Note, the weed stems must be decarboxylated first.
Finely grind up about 7 grams of decarboxylated stems.
Bake on a cookie sheet at 220-240 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Place the ground weed stems into a glass Mason jar.
Pour 4 oz of high proof alcohol (at least 95% proof), into the jar. Use vinegar or vegetable glycerin if you don’t want to use alcohol.
Shake gently before tightly sealing the lid.
Place in a dark, dry, cool space.
Let the tincture sit for 2 weeks minimum. (Note: it is recommended to store the tincture for as long as possible. A few weeks or a month is an optimal range. If you do store it for more than 24 hours be sure to shake up the mixture daily.)
Line a strainer with cheesecloth and place it over a wide container.
Pour the liquid over the cheesecloth. Strain twice.
Using a funnel, pour the mixture into amber tiny glass vials or dropper bottles. Hint: the darker the bottle, the longer the shelf life!
Prefer to sip your weed? With decarboxylated stems, the possibilities are endless.
Cannabis stems can be used to make yummy fruit smoothies full of potential health benefits. And it’s super easy!
Prepare your desired flavor of smoothie as normal. Then simply add a few drops of cannabis tincture (see the recipe above) into your drink. And voila.
Pro tip: you can also add a few drops of tincture to your favorite alcoholic beverage. Nothing says relaxing like a tincture infused martini.
Use In Cannabis Compost
Feeling green? You can always reduce waste by adding your weed stems to your compost pile.
This won’t get you soaring high in the cannabis clouds but it’s a win for Mother Earth and awesome for the environment.
If gardening is your thing, cannabis stems also make a great mulch!