PSA: Don’t Smoke Those Stems
These are crazy times, so it’s not that weird that you’re looking at your bowl of weed stems and contemplating smoking them. Waste not, want not, right?
As nice as it is to reduce waste and be resourceful, smoking stems isn’t the way to go.
If stems are all you have left, then you’ve already smoked the good stuff.
Stems contain almost no THC. What little may be in there doesn’t even come close to being enough to produce a high.
The negligible amount of THC in stems isn’t worth the unpleasant effects and risk to your lungs that come with smoking.
Inhaling smoke harms your lungs. It doesn’t matter if it’s bud, seed, tobacco, or burning wood. Toxins and carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) are released from the combustion of materials, even stems. This damages your lungs and increases your risk for cancer and heart and lung diseases.
Smoke effects aside, smoking stems can cause:
- a raging headache
- a sore throat
It’ll also taste like you’re smoking wood chips.
Some people on Reddit and other forums who admit to having smoked weed stems also reported uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, like nausea and abdominal pain.
Nope. You shouldn’t smoke those either.
Marijuana seeds aren’t going to get you high no matter how many you crush and smoke. There’s just not enough THC in the seeds to produce any effects.
Lighting them up will create a lot of snap, crackle, and pop. The acrid smoke will irritate your throat and damage your lungs like other smoke. But that’s about it.
Stems and seeds aren’t worth smoking, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely useless. You may be able to use lingering stems and seeds. Exactly what you can do with them depends on how many you have.
If you just have a few seeds kicking around, you could plant them and try growing your own stash (if you live in an area where this is permitted, of course).
Have an abundance of stems and seeds to play with? Consider eating it.
Here are some ways to make it appetizing.
Brew some stem tea
Before getting your brew on, you’ll want to bake the stems on a baking sheet in the oven for around 45 minutes at 225°F (107°C). When done, let the stems cool, and then grind them up.
Put your ground stems in a tea diffuser and let them steep in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can steep your ground stems in a pot of boiling water and then place a coffee filter over your mug and pour so it strains your brew.
Make stem butter
Who doesn’t like butter?
Just like when making tea from weed stems, you’ll want to bake your stems in the oven at 225°F (107°C) for 45 minutes and let them cool before grinding.
Place some butter in a pan and melt over low heat. Once the butter’s completely melted, add the ground stems and let simmer for around 30 minutes, stirring often.
To strain it, cheesecloth works best. Just secure the cheesecloth over a glass jar with a rubber band, and slowly pour the butter over the cloth. Let the butter cool and — voilà — stem butter!
It might be tempting to smoke all those stems that are gathering dust in your jar, but you may want to think twice before lighting up.
What to do with weed stems, stalks, leaves and roots
Many of those that grow their own cannabis seeds treasure the potent buds and simply throw away the rest of the plant. If you have ever wondered what to do with leftover leaves and stems read on for some inspiration.
How to recycle cannabis plants parts after harvest
Once you have harvested the buds from your cannabis plant you may be left asking yourself what to do with fan leaves and stems etc. Every part of the cannabis plant can be put to good use. Some parts, such as the resin coated leaves, can be used to make some bonus hash, stash or cannabis concentrates.
Grind weed stalks to make mulch for your garden
What to do with weed stems and weed stalks? Do weed stems have THC? Weed stalks don’t usually produce enough THC to get high from. In this respect, marijuana stalks are one of the less valuable leftovers from your home grow. Some strains produce trichomes on the stems but most people would struggle to capture sufficient quantities to consider e.g. hash production worthwhile. Instead, many people simply mulch the weed stalks and stems into compost.
Other ideas on what weed stems can be used for include drying/grinding them for use in baking or tea. Weed tea with stems is a treat for some growers. Can you smoke weed stems? It’s a common question but THC production from weed stems is very low. Using weed stems to make potent edible cannabis products is also not recommended for the same reason.
Make your own tea, juice or hash with fan leaves
Learning how to make weed tea with leaves is one of the more popular ways to reuse cannabis harvest left-overs. You can dry the leaves or use them freshly picked to make tea from. Some use the cannabis leaves as salad leaves, or even juice them, though the strong taste may not be to everyones liking.
Do marijuana leaves have THC? Yes they do. Often you can see trichomes (resin glands) on the fan leaves, though you may notice many more trichomes on the smaller sugar leaves in the buds. One common question from cannabis growers is ‘what to do with marijuana leaves after harvest?’. There are several fan leaf uses other than weed tea. Some learn how to make hash out of weed leaves. Others become expert in how to make weed butter with leaves.
The following links may be useful, including for those who want to know how to make weed butter with stems.
|How to make cannabutter|
|Understanding and using cannabis leaves|
|What to do with already vaped weed|
Blend sugar leaves in THC butter and other edibles
The uses for marijuana leaves and stems are numerous. Sugar leaves are some of the most useful. Sugar leaves are the smaller leaves that you find in your buds. They are often completely coated with a resinous layer of cannabis trichomes giving them a ‘sugary’ appearance. You can use sugar leaves to make THC butter (cannabutter) or hash (dry sift or ice hash). Or you can simply vape the sugar leaves.
|Hashish. What is hash and how can you make it easily?|
|What are cannabis trichomes and how do they affect your smoke?|
Turn cannabis roots into tea or topicals
Cannabis root tea is one of the more popular cannabis root uses. The roots are usually washed clean, dried and made into a tea. Some people dry and grind the roots to use as part of a skin/topical cream.
Amend used soils with nutrients for future plants
Even the old soil used to grow your cannabis seeds in can be reused. Many old-school growers will recycle their coco fibre or soil. Usually the soil will need amending with fresh minerals and nutrients. This is usually only recommended for experienced professionals that can lab test the soil and adjust it accordingly. Those new to cannabis seed growing are always recommended to start with fresh soil.
Organic growers will claim that organic soil is the most suitable for re-use, especially when used with slow release organic nutrients such as those from BioTabs.
Best yielding indoor and outdoor feminised seeds
Trying to use all parts of the cannabis plant is increasingly popular with those that grow their own cannabis seeds. If you do grow your own weed then you may want to focus your cultivation purely on the best yielding cannabis seeds. The following links and seed recommendations are essential reading for the yield conscious growers.
|The top 5 best yielding indoor cannabis seeds|
|The best 5 yielding outdoor feminised cannabis seeds|
|The best 5 yielding autoflower seeds|
Growing cannabis with the highest THC levels is the main focus for many home growers as well as commercial growers. If you share that approach, then the next links will be well worth reading. Whatever you grow next, see if you can use the whole of the cannabis plant from your harvest and enjoy the grow!
Useful ways to recycle your cannabis plant. Read on if you've ever wondered what to do with left over leaves, marijuana stalks, cannabis roots and stems