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Can You Smoke Weed Stems?

Smoke Weed Stems
Have you got a jar filled with weed stalks & stems? If you’ve been consuming cannabis for a decent time, you likely have quite the collection. You might store weeks, months, or even years' worth of cannabis stalks without knowing how to use them. Alas, there are various ways you can make use of this often neglected by-product of CBD/THC flowers. 
Before we share our favourite ways to use weed stems, let’s answer your most important question. Can you smoke weed stems? Yes, you absolutely can. However, weed stems contain a much smaller concentration of cannabinoids than the flower. This means they will get you less high, and the flavour will be harsher.
You might be surprised that smoking your weed stems is not the best way to use them. 
Weed Stems

The above picture shows a cannabis stem placed under a macro camera. As you can see, there are many cannabis pistons available for our extraction. Don’t let this fool you, though; you wouldn’t be able to see these pistons with the naked eye. Relative to the weight of the stem, there’s a minimal concentration of pistons, and smoking them would waste most of them. 
We’re going to share our three favourite methods for using weed stems.

1. Brew A Weed Stem Tea

Weed Stem Tea

The easiest way to use weed stems is by steeping them in hot water and making tea. This method isn’t just easy; it’s incredibly efficient and potent. Unlike conventional edibles, which take a while to take effect, weed stem tea is fast-acting. You’ll feel its effects only a few minutes after consuming, depending on some key variables. 
What you’ll need to make weed stem tea:
  • A few teaspoons of weed stems
  • 3 cups of boiling
  • Cheesecloth or coffee filter
  • Saucepan
  • fat-rich milk (dairy or non-dairy)
How to make weed stem tea:
  • Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in your saucepan.
  • Add the weed stems to the boiling water with your preferred milk.
  • Once you’ve reached a boil, remove from heat and stir for 7-10 minutes occasionally. 
  • Strain the tea using a coffee filter or cheesecloth. 
  • Your weed stem tea is ready to drink, don’t burn yourself!
To increase the potency of weed stem tea, you should increase the amount of milk used. Milk is rich in fat, and cannabinoids bind excellently to fat. By increasing the presence of fat, you are maximising your bioavailability for cannabinoids. 

2. Make Weed Stem Cannabutter or Cannabis Butter

Weed Stem Cannabutter

Cannabutter or cannabis butter are terms for the popular infusion of butter with cannabis. It can easily be made using weed stalks, and as the weed stem tea, it’s straightforward to prepare. 
To make cannabis butter with weed stalks, you’ll need:
  • A few tablespoons of weed stalks
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • Baking dish
  • Foil
  • Cheesecloth
  • Glass jar
How to make cannabis butter using weed stalks:
  • Preheat your oven to 215 F
  • Once warm, place a baking sheet with your weed stalks in the oven for 30 minutes. 
  • Once time has passed, remove the baking sheet from the oven, and set the weed stems aside. 
  • Pour coconut oil into a pan and heat it to be liquid. 
  • Mix weed stems into the oil, using a spoon to mix thoroughly. 
  • Cover the mixture with foil, and place the pan in the oven for 1.5 hours, stirring halfway through. 
  • Once time has passed, remove the pan from the oven, and set it aside to cool. 
  • Once it is cool, prepare your cheesecloth over your glass jar and pour the coconut oil mixture through the cloth to strain the stems. 
  • You’ll now have a glass jar filled with weed stem cannabis butter that can be used to infuse anything. 
The critical step in this process is the decarboxylation of cannabinoids, which occurs when the weed stems are placed in the oven on a baking sheet. This converts the acidic cannabinoids into active forms so you can get high from them. 
Be careful when consuming cannabutter; it’s highly potent and can take some time for its effects to take effect. Always wait 1-2 hours before consuming before taking further doses to avoid having a bad experience. 

3. Make Hash From Weed Stems

Hash From Weed Stems

You can turn your disappointing-looking weed stems into a high-quality smoking product. To do this, you’ll be best off with a large number of stems, especially if they’re of high quality and have many trichomes on them. To extract the hash from weed stems, we’ll try to remove all the trichomes and isolate them from less pure parts of the branches. 
Trichomes are also known as kief, and if you’ve ever owned a high-quality grinder like the four-piece grinder made by The Goods, then you’ll have seen that it collects keif for you over time. It does this by sifting your ground-up weed through a mesh screen every time it is shaken. 
To remove the trichomes from weed stems, we need to make the individual trichomes as brittle as possible and induce a similar shaking motion to encourage the trichomes to fall off the stems. 
How to make hash from weed stems:
  • Place your weed stems into a sealed plastic bag.
  • Place this bag into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Once time has passed, remove the bag and shake it for 30 seconds to encourage the trichomes to fall off the stems. 
  • Place the bag back into the freezer and repeat the freeze and shake process until you notice a brown/green powder build-up at the bottom of your plastic bag. 
  • Once you have a powder build-up at the bottom of your bag, you’ve got hash!
You can press your keif/trichome hash to make it more portable, or keep it in powder form and sprinkle it into a joint. You can even turn this hash into tea or butter by following the above methods. 

Summary

Weed stems are often regarded as a waste product of cannabis. We hope this article has given you a good idea of the many possibilities to make full use of your weed stalks. Using your weed stalks will save you money and make your cannabis use more sustainable and less of a burden on our planet. We hope you have fun making new creations using your weed stalks; let us know if you’ve discovered some exciting ways to use them!


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