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How To Put Your Cannabis Stems To Good Use

It’s common to hear people associate cannabis stems with low-quality bud, and you might think they’re nothing but a headache. Try saving them next time you find them, though. Whether you want some THC-kissed tea, cannabutter, hash, or even some twine or yarn, the possibilities are nearly endless if you save them and know what to do.

Repurpose your cannabis stems to make the most of your crop!

  • 1. What to do with your marijuana stems?
  • 1.a. Smoking
  • 1.b. Charas
  • 1.c. Kief
  • 1.d. Bubble Hash
  • 2. Don’t forget decarboxylation
  • 2.a. Tea and chai
  • 2.b. Marijuana liqueur
  • 2.c. THC butter and other edibles
  • 3. Topicals
  • 4. Arts and crafts
  • 4.a. Paper
  • 4.b. Weaving small
  • 4.c. Weaving big
  • 4.d. Mulch
  • 5. Put your humble weed stems to good use
  • 1. What to do with your marijuana stems?
  • 1.a. Smoking
  • 1.b. Charas
  • 1.c. Kief
  • 1.d. Bubble Hash
  • 2. Don’t forget decarboxylation
  • 2.a. Tea and chai
  • 2.b. Marijuana liqueur
  • 2.c. THC butter and other edibles
  • 3. Topicals
  • 4. Arts and crafts
  • 4.a. Paper
  • 4.b. Weaving small
  • 4.c. Weaving big
  • 4.d. Mulch
  • 5. Put your humble weed stems to good use

If you’re not the type to grind up your stems with your bud, you’ve either got a garbage bag full of them or an impressive collection. If you’re in the former group, we’ve got some information that might make you reconsider. If you’re in the latter, though, today just might be your lucky day.

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR MARIJUANA STEMS?

You see, those stems are a lot more than scraps to throw out when grinding your cannabis flower. In fact, if you store up enough, you can get plenty lifted off those alone. And, if you don’t want to get high, you can even give them a second life as arts and crafts items, or even mulch! How? We’ll cover the details as we go along.

SMOKING

The simplest solution, although it’s the least recommended, is to grind your stems up and smoke them. This is always a harsh experience, and the smoke contains many unwanted compounds from the cellulose in the stems. The cellulose also makes stems burn extremely hot—more than enough to burn your throat and lungs. Again, it is not recommended, so please be careful. Very few people do this, but for some reason, some decide to light them up.

SMOKING

CHARAS

Hash doesn’t get much more hands-on than this. To obtain charas, start by rubbing your stems between your hands. After that, rub your hands together over a container to get a whisker of hash. It won’t be much in that moment. However, work through 100 grams of stems with average THC content, and you may be impressed at what you’ve managed to gather. The end result is a multi-flavoured pile of hash that’s as old-school as it gets.

If you want to get this process started, just take your stems, break them down, and throw them into a resealable plastic bag. Place this bag in your freezer, and let it sit until you’ve got more to add. When you add to the collection, give the bag a healthy shake. Each time you shake, the now-frozen resin crystals will begin to detach from the stem fragments. Slowly but surely, you’ll build up an impressive pile at the bottom of the bag. Once you sift out the stems, you’ll have a whole bunch of kief ready to smoke!

BUBBLE HASH

Similarly, if you want some quality bubble hash, the first step is freezing the stems. Rather than shaking, though, you’ll be throwing these in a blender. Use the blender method recipe from our full guide to making hash—just replace “flowers” with “stems”. If you follow all the right instructions, repeating the process about 4–5 times, quality bubble hash will be in your future.

DON’T FORGET DECARBOXYLATION

Before anything, if you want to make use of the THC content of your stems, decarboxylation is key. It might seem like a confusing process based off the name, but it really just means you’re heating them up to a certain point. This process creates the easily absorbable and immediately psychoactive THC from its precursor chemical, THCA. This, in turn, makes the stems perfect for tinctures, hash, extracts, and edibles.

To decarboxylate, evenly spread your stems on an oven tray and place in the oven at 110°C (or 100°C for a fan-assisted oven) for 60 minutes. Once decarboxylated, your stems are ready to go!

TEA AND CHAI

To get started, you’ll need a healthy handful of stems that have not been rubbed for hash. Start off by putting 450ml of water and a tablespoon of coconut oil into a small saucepan. Chop and add your stems and slowly bring to a gentle, but not rolling, boil, stirring continuously. Let them boil like this for 7 or 8 minutes, as the fluid needs to reduce. Strain out your stems, let the mixture cool for a bit, and enjoy!

Plain cannabis tea can taste a bit rough, though, so you might consider adding herbs and sweeteners to your beverage. For tea, mints, lemon, honey, sugar, or any flavoured tea bag can mask the taste. If you’re making chai, adding cardamom pods, pepper, and ginger for that traditional zing makes it a tasty and tingly delight.

TEA AND CHAI

MARIJUANA LIQUEUR

Whiskeys, vodkas, or tequilas that are 40% alcohol or more can all dissolve the resin of cannabis. We’ve got a great recipe for cannabis-infused vodka here, but it’s quite a simple process overall.

Decant your chosen alcohol into a mason jar to allow for easier access. Let the stems sit in there for a week or so at a time. By the time you’ve got another handful of stems ready to add, the old ones will have released their treasures into the mix.

For potency to build, this little project may take a few months and a few handfuls of stems. By the end of the process, though, you’ll have a strong cross-fade in one convenient, potent drink.

THC BUTTER AND OTHER EDIBLES

If you have enough broken-down stems to fill up half a saucepan, then THC-infused butter is on the menu! Replacing stems for buds in this cannabutter recipe will produce a similar product, but with a much milder effect. Where the recipe suggests “28g of flowers”, replace with “as many chopped stems as possible”. Using your butter in culinary creations will add a nice buzz to any course.

TOPICALS

Perhaps one of the most unconventional ways to enjoy cannabis are weed-infused topicals, which have become quite popular over the past couple of years. Along with moisturising your skin, cannabis-infused lotions and creams can help care for your muscles in a new way. They’re also a wonder for supple joints, along with tackling sensitive, red skin especially well. Thankfully, we’ve already got a recipe for cannabis lotion! Note, however, that you’ll be replacing “15–30g of flowers” with 2–3x the amount of stems, or the closest you can get.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

You might not think about it often, but there’s a good bit more you can do with cannabis outside of enjoying its effects. It’s a natural plant material like any other, and that means it can see a lot of use in arts and crafts!

ARTS AND CRAFTS

PAPER

It might sound unconventional at first, but remember that hemp is one of the main alternatives to wood-based paper. Considering that, stem-based paper is far from odd, albeit a bit coarse.

The most challenging part of making paper is first making a vat. This can be pantyhose stretched over a wire armature, or old fly-wire screen stapled to a wooden frame. The idea is to have a flat, permeable surface that will let the water in the pulp drain away.

Then, in a blender, combine an equal amount of stems and regular paper. Add enough water for the mixture to move and blend freely. When the mix is a slurry with minimal bits left intact, pour it out evenly onto the vat. Gently shake the vat until the pulp is evenly spread. If you’re making a larger piece of paper, you’ll need a squeegee to get things even. Leave this to drain and dry. After 24 hours, gently peel your paper away and hang it out to dry. Trim to your needs, and enjoy!

WEAVING SMALL

Even on the small scale, stems and small stalks can be stripped of their outer fibre. This process, called decorticating, involves one of the most sophisticated tools out there: your hands. Held together by a cellulose matrix, these fibres need to be rubbed between the fingers to be separated into individual strands. These individual lengths of fibres can be twisted into tough lengths of raw twine. If you save up enough, you’ve got tons of creative possibilities! Might we suggest a tasteful homemade bracelet?

WEAVING BIGGER

The possibilities get even wider, though, if you’re a home grower with even more stems lying around. When you strip trunks and main branches of their much longer fibres, you can start making decorations, baskets, and even yarn if you work at it long enough!

MULCH

Capping things off, you can even use your stems to grow yourself some more cannabis! Specifically, you can use a wood chipper (or another processing method) to turn the stems into a reliable mulch. This will protect the soil under it, making sure plants keep as much of their rainwater as possible. There’s a lot more information to cover when it comes to properly applying mulch in the growing process, but we hope to have sparked your interest in the idea!

PUT YOUR HUMBLE WEED STEMS TO GOOD USE

See? There’s no need to get mad at the humble stem! There’s a world of use to be found if you’ve got the right supplies, and you can even get high on them if you play your cards right! We hope this has helped you appreciate just how versatile the cannabis plant can be!

You might think cannabis stems are a waste. On the contrary, there are quite a few ways to put them to good use! Find out how inside.

marijuana seeds and stems

Marijuana seeds and stems
Seeing as you’ve got all those seeds sitting there in the bottom of your weed stash, why not put them to good use?
As you may have learnt in your biology lessons, seeds are where new plants grow from. So, why not make your own marijuana plants!
To do this, you need to do two things; firstly, check your local laws! In some places, marijuana might be legal to consume but not legal to grow your own.
Secondly, you need to germinate your seeds. Germination is the initial process in a seed’s life where you change it from a brown, hard shell into something that can actually make new life.
Germination is something that needs to happen to all plant seeds in some form or another, but it’s a bit harder with marijuana seeds, primarily because of their delicate temperature requirements, and partly due to the fact that the seeds you’re working with have likely been knocked around a bit.
The easiest way to germinate your seeds is to take a plate or some other kind of simple surface that has a divot within it and insert a wet paper towel onto it.
Then, place your cannabis seeds on the wet towel and cover with another plate, or plate-like object.
This process allows the seeds to soak up water and tricks them into thinking they’ve successfully planted themselves, so they should start waking up and turning themselves into plants.
The water on the paper towels engages protective enzymes within the seeds which encourage them to dissolve the outer layers, opening the seed and allowing the first stages of new life to begin.
Some people might just put the seed right into soil to begin with, but if you do that you’ll likely find your seed dead in a day or two.
Cannabis seeds need love and care to take hold and grow properly, so careful germination is a great step to ensure the plant succeeds.
This process can take around 10 days, with a few changes of paper towels throughout, but at the end you’ll find that your seeds have shed their brown layer and have opened up. Some might even have small shoots of green!
A few of your seeds – maybe a third of them – will likely be duds, but just throw those away and move on.
Once the seeds have germinated, you can now plant them! Put them in a small planting pot with lots of drainage. A good way to improve drainage is to put gravel in the very bottom of the pot.
Keep them watered every day until, eventually, they start showing leaves through the soil and begin reaching towards the sky!
Transfer them to a new pot then; make sure they get plenty of sun and the right temperature and, before you know it, you’ll have your very own marijuana!
The process of harvesting, drying and curing your cannabis is a bit convoluted, so make sure you’ve done your research into how best to make sure you turn your cannabis plants into smokeable marijuana!

What to Do With Your Marijuana Seeds and Stems

Well, your stash is empty. You’ve emptied out your entire weed stash, smoked it over several days or weeks, and now nothing is left.
Nothing left except those pesky seeds and stems that you picked out and left behind. But it seems a shame to just throw them out. Is there anything you can actually do with these seeds and stems that might be useful?

Well, it turns out that you can do quite a lot! From reusing seeds to grow your own marijuana to even making beer with the leftover stems, the scattered detritus of your weed stash has a huge number of uses besides just your compost heap.
Here are a few things you can do with your marijuana seeds and stems to ensure you’re not wasting even one gram of your precious stash.

What Are the Seeds and Stems?

Those little scraps of seeds and stems that get leftover are far from being completely pointless; in fact, to the plant, they’re more important than the buds you just smoked!
Despite popular perception, marijuana is not actually rolled and dried cannabis leaves – though the cannabis leaves do indeed have their own THC and CBD content, they do not actually have enough to be worth smoking.
What you’re actually smoking when you light up is the dried and processed flower buds that form on the cannabis plant. The primary purpose of these buds is eventually flower and produce seeds, so as to further propagate the plant. What, did you think cannabis just magically grew on its own?
During the normal process of making sensimilla marijuana, the buds are harvested before they have a chance to produce any kind of seeds, but sometimes this process isn’t done in time, resulting in a collection of cannabis seeds still stuck in your buds.
Additionally, the growing seed buds require a series of small, twig-like supports as they grow in order to ensure they stay upright on the plant and don’t just crumble apart.
These supports are the stems remaining in your marijuana. Though they are normally separated from the final product if they’re too large – or they just get burned up with the rest of your marijuana when you smoke it – it can be common for just-large-enough pieces to fall out and settle in your marijuana storage.
So, with both marijuana seeds and stems, they perform a vital part of the plant’s life cycle. The seeds ensure the plant can breed and make more plants, whereas the stems ensure the seed buds themselves are supported.
Unfortunately, when we smoke marijuana, we don’t really care about the life cycle of the plant; we just want a good smoke, which renders the seeds and stems essentially pointless.
However, it turns out there are some things you can do with your stems and seeds that you might not have thought of.

Use Them in Crafting

This is probably one of the lesser known uses for leftover stems and seeds, but you could use them for arts and crafts projects!
In the same way that mankind uses small sticks or seeds as wattle to help make simple daub and wattle walls for homes, you can use this leftover detritus as a stabilizing ingredient in surfaces, or even in clay.
You’ll need to collect a pretty large amount of stems and seeds to really do anything with them, though.
If you’re after something more… practical to do with the small amounts of leftover seeds and stems, then consider…

Growing Your Own Marijuana With Leftover Seeds

Seeing as you’ve got all those seeds sitting there in the bottom of your weed stash, why not put them to good use?
As you may have learnt in your biology lessons, seeds are where new plants grow from. So, why not make your own marijuana plants!
To do this, you need to do two things; firstly, check your local laws! In some places, marijuana might be legal to consume but not legal to grow your own.
Secondly, you need to germinate your seeds. Germination is the initial process in a seed’s life where you change it from a brown, hard shell into something that can actually make new life.
Germination is something that needs to happen to all plant seeds in some form or another, but it’s a bit harder with marijuana seeds, primarily because of their delicate temperature requirements, and partly due to the fact that the seeds you’re working with have likely been knocked around a bit.
The easiest way to germinate your seeds is to take a plate or some other kind of simple surface that has a divot within it and insert a wet paper towel onto it.
Then, place your cannabis seeds on the wet towel and cover with another plate, or plate-like object.
This process allows the seeds to soak up water and tricks them into thinking they’ve successfully planted themselves, so they should start waking up and turning themselves into plants.
The water on the paper towels engages protective enzymes within the seeds which encourage them to dissolve the outer layers, opening the seed and allowing the first stages of new life to begin.
Some people might just put the seed right into soil to begin with, but if you do that you’ll likely find your seed dead in a day or two.
Cannabis seeds need love and care to take hold and grow properly, so careful germination is a great step to ensure the plant succeeds.
This process can take around 10 days, with a few changes of paper towels throughout, but at the end you’ll find that your seeds have shed their brown layer and have opened up. Some might even have small shoots of green!
A few of your seeds – maybe a third of them – will likely be duds, but just throw those away and move on.
Once the seeds have germinated, you can now plant them! Put them in a small planting pot with lots of drainage. A good way to improve drainage is to put gravel in the very bottom of the pot.
Keep them watered every day until, eventually, they start showing leaves through the soil and begin reaching towards the sky!
Transfer them to a new pot then; make sure they get plenty of sun and the right temperature and, before you know it, you’ll have your very own marijuana!
The process of harvesting, drying and curing your cannabis is a bit convoluted, so make sure you’ve done your research into how best to make sure you turn your cannabis plants into smokeable marijuana!

What You Can Make From Marijuana Stems

Those pesky little brown stems that sit in the bottom of your pot might seem even less than useless, but you can actually use them to make a few drinks!
That’s right, in the same fashion that mankind has been brewing and steeping whatever they can get a hold of for millennia, so to can you use your marijuana stems to make drinkable beverages!
Make Tea!
Tea making is an art form as old as the desire to drink something other than water.
Most tea recipes using plants requires steeping leaves or other plant matter in hot water, until the essence of the plant comes out into the water. It’s basically the same process with marijuana stems; make sure they’re well separated from the leftover seeds, then put them in your tea pot or cup and pour over some hot water!
As the stems of cannabis plants are relatively sparse in actual THC or CBD content, you won’t be getting high from the tea you make. Additionally, the taste of tea brewed from plant stems is a bit… bitter, not to mention astringent.
Remember that this section is about what you can do with your stems, not what you can do that actually tastes good.
If a nice-tasting method for doing something with your cannabis stems is what you’re after, and then consider doing something that you likely never thought of…

Make Beer!

Though it might seem pretty insane, you can make beer from your leftover stems.
This is what the brewers at Province Brands are doing with their secret recipe for cannabis beer.
Conventional beer is brewed using malted barley and other cereal grains, boiled and steeped and left to ferment, with hops added later, to create an alcoholic, hoppy drink that remains the world’s most frequently drunk alcoholic beverage.
With cannabis beer however, there is no barley, no cereals; just hops, water, and cannabis.
By using the stems, stocks and even the leaves of cannabis plants, Province Brands are able to make a beer that is gluten free, alcohol free and, best of all, gets you high.
Though we don’t know the exact recipe or mechanics behind the process, Province Brands are already setting up their brewery, allowing for a hoppy, dry and savory beer that gets you extremely high.
You could try it out for yourself! Though you will still need some actual marijuana to ensure you can transfer the THC over to the beer, you only need hops and water to ensure a hoppy, tasty marijuana edible in the form of a beer.
It might be weird, but that’s what life is all about, right?

Final Thoughts

Marijuana stems and seeds are always considered the leftover, unwanted remains of any cannabis stash.
Doomed to rot away in a bin or, at the very best, become a part of some compost heap, the seeds and stems never get to fulfill their full potential.
You can make drinks from them, grow new plants from them, or even, if you’re of a crafty disposition, use them to help make clay or other arts and crafts projects!
As the old adage goes, “waste not want not”, so make sure you put those seeds and stems to good use!

Marijuana seeds and stems
It’s been posited by some potheads that seeds and stems contain no THC, taste like shit, and will make you sick or even infertile. More positive stoners, on the other hand, have faith in the byproducts’ heightening abilities and promote the smoking, drinking, and planting of stems and seeds. Obviously when it comes to drugs like marijuana, everyone reacts to these things differently, but that, my friends, is how legends are born. This week’s MythPuffers is seed-and-stem-centric — focusing on not one but three common myths and questions surrounding the two little things potheads dread most.

MythPuffers: What’s The Deal With Stems And Seeds?

We all know what it’s like to spend 60 bucks on a disappointing eighth of weed that’s way too stemm-y and chock full of seeds. While it’s not only a hassle to de-seed and de-stem the sub-par product, what you’re left with once your eighth is gone seems entirely useless — but somehow you convince yourself to save it all anyway.

It’s been posited by some potheads that seeds and stems contain no THC, taste like shit, and will make you sick or even infertile. More positive stoners, on the other hand, have faith in the byproducts’ heightening abilities and promote the smoking, drinking, and planting of stems and seeds. Obviously when it comes to drugs like marijuana, everyone reacts to these things differently, but that, my friends, is how legends are born. This week’s MythPuffers is seed-and-stem-centric — focusing on not one but three common myths and questions surrounding the two little things potheads dread most.

One of the more popular ways to rid of seeds and stems is to smoke them — un-ground in many cases. One myth that has spurred from the smoking of these stems and seeds is that they will negatively affect your fertility. What? That’s right — some people believe that smoking stems in particular will lessen a male’s sperm count and damage a woman’s ovaries.

While this may seem ridiculous at face value, according to BBC News, a study at Buffalo University has linked chronic marijuana smoking to a lower sperm count among males. Head researcher Dr. Lani Burkman claims that THC is “doing something to sperm” — something which makes the little guys swim too fast so that they end up getting tired before finishing the job. In terms of female fertility, however, results from a separate study are inconclusive.

While this may not be great news for all the pot head dudes out there, it turns out smoking stems and seeds doesn’t really matter because smoking weed in the first place is what affects sperm count. Therefore — since smoking stems tastes disgusting and your sperm is going to die anyway — why not consider something like stem tea?

Not only is stem tea easy to make but, also, if done correctly ,it’s a great way to get rid of saved stems. While some might believe that stem tea is a sham after learning last week that THC is not water soluble, there are several recipes available on the Internet (like this one) which suggest steeping your pot in something fatty, like milk, or for the hard-core tea drinkers, something alcoholic. Although stem tea will not produce a high as strong as one from smoking — leaves, not stems — there are traces of THC in the stalks and thus drinkers will experience mind alterations if the beverage is prepared correctly.

Now that your stems have been taken care of, what about your seeds? One of the most popular myths — or hopes rather — is that planting seeds found in dumpy weed will grow into beautiful marijuana plants.

It probably comes as no surprise that, yes, by planting seeds found in shake, it is possible to grow marijuana plants. While this seems like an attractive idea in theory, what many stoners don’t realize is the time and effort that goes into cultivating reefer. Especially if you’re living in New York, as a college student, there’s nowhere in the city a plant would have access to proper soil and enough sunlight to prosper — this, of course, is a lot for any smoker. Despite the fact that potheads aren’t of the most responsible breed, if your weed is shitty in the first place, why would you even want to reproduce it?

Of course, there are many other ways to deal with pesky stems and seeds that are possibly more affective and slightly more reasonable than stem tea and planting seeds. Green Dragon, for example, is a notorious weed, stem, and seed concoction that MythPuffers will be investigating in the coming weeks — so stay tuned.

Seeing as you’ve got all those seeds sitting there in the bottom of your weed stash, why not put them to good use? As you may have learnt in your biology