Every part of the marijuana plant is considered valuable, including the stems that many people simply discard. The stem is the base of the marijuana bud.
Each part, including the stem, can be used in various forms to get the full usage of the plant.
The stem does not hold the same amount of THC as the leaves, but can still be used.
Although smoking stems is not recommended because they have been known to cause massive headaches, there are many ways the stems can be used!
From stem infused alcohol, to stem hash oil, to stem butter, you can get the full usage of the plant by using some creative solutions to utilizing stems.
Marijuana is not cheap, you might as well get the full use out of it. People have concocted various ways to use weed stems to enjoy the entire plant. Some rumors say they do not contain any cannabinoids, and some say they do.
That’s why we’re here, to help you sort out fact from fiction. According to studies, weed stems only contain 9.2% max THC, when the average bud contains 18.3% max THC.
This proves the stems are valuable to an extent, and by using the below methods to use weed stems, you can get your money’s worth of marijuana! Time to start whipping up some sweet weed stem concoctions.
As previously mentioned, smokers are advised against smoking weed stems – however, that is why there are many other ways you can consume the stem.
Some people have had bad experiences trying to smoke the stems, reporting uncomfortable headaches. Not to mention that smoking weed stems will also poke holes in the paper or blunt.
Overall, it is not the best decision because you will be smoking more air than anything. If, for some reason, you are determined to smoke weed stems, you can rest assured that nothing seriously harmful will occur besides the possibility of a headache.
Ways to Use Weed Stems
To avoid wasting any part of the marijuana plant, there are a plethora of ways stems can be used, and this does not include smoking them.
The most common methods of using weed stems include making stem tea, stem infused alcohol, stem hash oil, and stem butter. Stem infused tea and alcohol are top favorites among marijuana users.
We highly recommend avoiding smoking stems, and stick to the weed stem concoctions below!
For all the tea lovers out there, this is the recipe for you! Infusing your favorite cup of tea with weed stems is an optimum way to relax. Stem tea will produce enough vibes to offer a deeply relaxed effect.
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- ¼ cup of ground stems
- 1 cup of half and half
- 3 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- Your choice of your favorite tea[/thrive_icon_box]
Starting the weed stem tea process, you first need to decarboxylate the marijuana stems to get the cannabinoids fully activated. You can also use the stem butter recipe and add it to your tea.
Once you activate the stems, you will need to grind them into tiny particles and avoid over-grinding them into power. Once you have done this, place your stems into a small pot and slowly pour water, and feel free to add a dollop of coconut oil or butter. Bring the pot to a boil and let it simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
Once the pot is done simmering, pour the water through a fine strainer and squeeze all the liquid through. Then pour your stem infused water into your tea of choice. Voila! Now you can enjoy a delicious stem infused brewed tea.
Stem Infused Alcohol
The longest used form of using weed stems is infusing alcohol. With the spread of legal marijuana markets, there is cannabis infused wines and beers available commercially!
However, this recipe is more of a home-brew one, and it is designed for an intense alcohol experience. Before starting your stem infused alcohol experience, using a 40% alcohol rum, vodka, or whiskey will intensify the experience.
To start off, choose a bottle of alcohol – whatever you prefer best. Either pour out some of the alcohol, or have a drink or two, because it is important to leave room in the bottle.
Grind the stems into tiny pieces, making sure it is not powder, then decarb them before transferring them back into the bottle. Make sure the stems are completely submerged. Screw the seal back on the bottle, then place it in a cool, dark space for about 7-10 days.
During those 7-10 days, make sure you shake the bottle every day. After the week or so is up, pour the alcohol through a strainer to remove the plant particles. Now enjoy your homemade weed stem infused booze! This will create a never felt before experience, so start slowly!
Stem Hash Oil
Making stem hash oil is like making hash oil with bud. The only difference here is the potency is decreased when using stems. This how-to recipe starts with purchasing a 99% bottle of isopropyl alcohol.
Grind the weed stems until they become small particles, and deliver them into a jar of your choice, followed by pouring the isopropyl alcohol to the top. Place on the lid shake hard for about two minutes.
Once you are finished, pour the liquid into a strainer to remove the stem particles. Take the liquid and transport it into a wide bottom bowl. Let this sit in a well-ventilated area until all the alcohol completely evaporates. The result should be a sticky, resinous coating. Scrape the sticky hash, smoke, and enjoy!
Stem butter is good to include in weed tea, and use to top any of your favorite dishes to add some fun flavor. To start whipping up some stem butter you will need:
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- A food processor (or a knife to chop the stems into small pieces)
- ¼ oz of stems
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 cup of water
- Slow cooker or stovetop pan
- Glass bowl
Once you have grinded the weed stems, combine the water, and plant particles into the slow cooker, and keep on low for 8-24 hours. The longer it cooks, the better, for a full decarboxylation. Aim to keep the temperature between 200-250F, and stir periodically.
If you do not own a slow cooker, a saucepan with a lid is suitable. Make sure your butter does not come to a boil! It will destroy the THC, causing the potency to decrease. To finish the process, pour the mixture into a bowl and allow it to cool.
Once cooled, strain through a cheesecloth and get as much of the butter out as you can. Next, place the strained butter in the fridge to chill overnight. The following day, you can scrape the solidified butter off the top, and enjoy your freshly made weed stem butter!
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