If you love weed, and we think you do, you should think twice before throwing away the stems of your pot. I have been throwing them away for all my life, but since some people want to waste every last little bit, it turns out that you can actually use them because, in fact, all parts of the plant contain cannabinoids.
And before you stop reading this article and start filling the socket of your bong with stems, know that you should not smoke them, as you will probably end up with a terrible headache and not much else.
Which brings us to the question of the day: what to do with a bag full of stems? Well, there are many healthy and creative ways to use your stems. Read on to find out!
Use stems to make hot drinks
One of the most popular and easiest ways to use old grass stems is to infuse them in tea or hot chocolate. For this to work, it is best to decarboxylate your stems first. Then you need to grind them (not too much, if you make a powder, your tea would taste awful) and infuse them in a little water and coconut oil.
The fat is necessary for the cannabinoids to be able to infuse, so you can also use whole milk. After about 15 minutes, your stem liquid will be ready to be filtered and then added to your favorite tea or hot chocolate.
Another easy thing to do with your stems is to make your cannabis liqueur. All you need is strong alcohol and as many stems as possible. Alcohol of at least 40 degrees can dissolve the cannabinoids in your stems.
The method is simple. Simply add as many stems as you can find in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and add the alcohol of your choice. Stir a little to make sure everything is well mixed and let it sit in a dark corner for a month or more. Yes, the disadvantage is that you have to wait a long time to affect alcohol. If you decarboxylate the stems before dipping them in alcohol, the process may go a little faster.
But , if you think the alcohol has been in the jar long enough. Simply filter it with a cheesecloth or sieve to remove the stems from the alcohol. If you’re feeling creative, you can, of course, go a step further and create your cannabis cocktails.
Another good option for the stems used, a product to be applied locally. Products such as oils, lotions, and balms have a variety of therapeutic benefits.
Simply follow a standard locally applied cannabis product recipe like our balm recipe and add as many stems as you can find.
Cannabis food is nice and all you need to make your own is cannabis butter or oil. And the good news is that cannabis butter is very easy to prepare. And you can even use your stems for this purpose.
All you need is equal amounts of stems and your favorite brand of butter. First, melt the butter in a pan over low heat. Once it has melted, discard the stems and simmer for about 30-45 minutes (until the stems break) and you’re ready.
Dyes are making a big comeback lately and for good reason. They are highly concentrated, healthy to consume and extremely versatile!
It is also a very discreet way to consume your cannabis, as there is no smell. That’s why tinctures are very handy for on-the-go medication.