3 ways to use your weed stems
Weed stems can be a gray area for the average cannabis smoker.
Can you smoke them? Should you smoke them?
If you find yourself wondering this very thing, you’re not alone. It’s a common question we get from people who are new to smoking cannabis. And since no question is a dumb question when it comes to having a great cannabis experience, let’s unpack all the details on weed stems.
What are weed stems?
Weed stems are the small, stick-like pieces that sometimes end up in the cannabis flower you buy from the dispensary. Depending on the quality of flower you bought, you may end up with a few or more stems in your haul. For example, shake bought from dispensaries tends to contain more stems than non-shake flower. Unlike the dense buds of the cannabis plant, weed stems contain very little to no THC (the main active ingredient in cannabis).
Can you smoke weed stems?
Although you may be tempted to, you should not smoke weed stems. Smoking stems from cannabis plants will not get you high due to their lack of THC. If you do decide to smoke stems, you’ll likely experience a few of the negative side effects that come with smoking, like coughing and sore throat, without the fun of a THC high.
In other words, it’s simply not worth it.
Alternative uses for weed stems
The good news is your stems don’t have to go to waste. Although you can’t smoke them, stems still have some surprisingly useful purposes in life. Here are a few of the most popular ways people are making good use out of their weed stems.
Did you know you can use discarded weed stems to help make a cannabis-infused butter? If you have a good amount of stems saved up, toss them in with the rest of your flower when you start the decarboxylation process. These stems won’t bring any potency to your final product, but they will add some cannabis-inspired umami. Butter containing cannabis is a good thing to have on hand because it is the foundation of most edible recipes.
2. Cannabis topicals
Much like the infused butter recipe, you can decarboxylate any leftover weed stems with 7-10 grams of dried cannabis. After this process has been completed, you can infuse the cannabis and stems with coconut oil. This creates the base for many cannabis topical recipes, like lip balms and lotions.
3. Cannabis tea
Another excellent way to make use of your stems is by making a cannabis-infused tea. Cannatea is a good choice for when you only have a small number of stems you want to use.
For example, our cannabis-infused tea recipe only requires 2 teaspoons of weed stems and is ready to drink in about ten minutes. This recipe is flexible and allows you to customize with different tea flavors until you find your ideal combination.
Start saving your weed stems
As you can see, the life of a weed stem can go above and beyond the time it spends in your grinder. If you want to get better about keeping your stems (given your new knowledge of their magic), we recommend that you keep a jar to collect your weed stems over time. That way, you’ll always have a fresh stash ready when you want to tackle any of these projects.
What do you think about cannabis stems?
Have you done anything special with your leftover weed stems? Are they more useful than we originally thought? We want to hear about it! Join the conversation on Twitter, or leave us a comment below.
Is it safe to smoke cannabis seeds?
We often talk about how useful all of the various parts of the cannabis plant can be because there is virtually nothing that needs to go to waste, as everything has some sort of purpose if you’re willing to go the extra mile to make it happen, but what about cannabis seeds? Are they like the stems where you can obtain a little THC from each one? Or are they more like the roots? Useful but not to get high. We’re going to answer both of those questions and more as we guide you through the dangers to be aware of, and helpful ideas that might be more beneficial to use instead.
What are cannabis seeds made of?
We know that cannabis seeds contain the lifeblood and genetics of the plants that came before it, but when you look at one, and what it all contains, you’ll find that there isn’t much more than regular old plant matter alongside some nutrients, proteins, and oils that are great for the body, but only when they’re ingested. Cannabis seeds also tend to contain trace amounts of cannabinoids but not enough to give you the same benefits as smoking weed flower and other pot products.
They won’t get you high
That’s right! Though they might be one of the most precious and powerful parts of any cannabis plant, as they hold the genetics of many past generations, they won’t get you high, no matter how many you try to smoke. They might burn and they might even seem like they’re smoking as you cough over the harshness of it all, but they don’t contain enough of any cannabinoid to induce a euphoric sense of relaxation like what you’d expect from almost any other cannabis goods.
They can explode and cause burns
If the fact that they won’t get you high doesn’t turn you off enough to keep you from trying it, then it is important to consider the risks that can come from it. When you put cannabis seeds under extreme heat, it creates a pressure that quickly builds up inside of the shell, and eventually, once it gets to be too much, the hull will explode, and it doesn’t matter if it’s in a rolling paper, a bong, or a pipe, it will toss burning hot coals and destroy any cannabis that might be surrounding it in the process.
What to do with cannabis seeds instead
Since no one wants to get burns that come paired with literally no benefits whatsoever, you might be wondering what you should do aside from just tossing them out, but there is no reason to waste this incredible gift. You might not be able to smoke cannabis seeds without risking your skin, but you can try some of these neat suggestions instead.
Ground them into flour
Turn them into art
Turn them into juice
Though it would be nice to get just a little bit more out of each bag of cannabis, especially after you come across seeds that have definitely added to the overall weight of your order, it’s safer and just better, in general, to avoid smoking cannabis seeds at all costs.
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