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… 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 There is no reason to toss your weed stems at harvest time. Learn about some excellent uses for weed stems and don’t throw them away!
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.
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!
Weed Stems: Don’t Throw Them Away!
Anyone who grows marijuana knows the feeling: You may get a good amount of bud at harvest time, but as you are cutting your plant you will toss much of it, like the leaves and the stems. What a waste! But don’t fret: Cannabis is very versatile and you can put the stems to good use as we’ll show you in this article.
Growing weed isn’t always easy. Getting that little seed up to a healthy and lush plant can at times require a good amount of patience and effort and then the one or the other expense too. Having to throw away most of your precious plant at harvest time really seems like a huge waste and let’s be frank, it really is. You can actually save most plant material from your weed plant and put it to good use. Here are some tips of what you can do with your leftover cannabis stems.
WHAT TO DO WITH CANNABIS STEMS?
USE THE STEMS TO MAKE TEA
One excellent way to use your cannabis stems instead of tossing them is to use them to make tea. You can make cannabis tea by pouring boiling water over stems, that you sliced length-wise and then letting the mixture steep for 24 hours. This method however is mostly for flavour. To get a more potent cannabis tea, you first want to decarboxylate the stems, which is the process to activate the cannabinoids.
To decarboxylate your cannabis plant material, what you do is that you “toast” your stems in your preheated oven at 100°C for about 15 minutes. Increase the temperature to 120°C and “bake” them for an additional 45 minutes.
When done, take your decarboxylated stems out of the oven, let them cool off a bit and grind them, but don’t grind them up too fine, since this can make for a very bitter taste.
Now put your stems into a small pot and pour just enough water to cover them and add some butter or coconut oil. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Afterwards, pour the mixture through a coffee filter or cheese cloth to remove plant material from your tea. For a better taste, use the brew and mix it with your favourite tea: Just toss a teabag or two into the mix. You can use the brew to make hot cocoa too.
MAKE A CANNABIS COCKTAIL
If you want an alcohol-based cannabis tincture rather than a tea, you can use the stems to make a “Green Dragon” cannabis cocktail. To make a Green Dragon, fill a mason jar all the way up with some stems. Get some high-proof food-safe alcohol. Everclear or Vodka can be a good choice for this method. Pour the alcohol into the jar with your stems and fill the jar all the way up. Store the mason jar with your mix in a dark and cool place such as a cupboard and allow the mixture to soak for at least one week. Shake the jar daily! The longer you allow the stem mix to soak, the more THC and flavour your cannabis cocktail will have. After you had the stems soaking, pour the mix through a filter or strainer to remove the remaining plant matter.
USE YOUR STEMS TO MAKE BUBBLE HASH
If you grow marijuana, chances are, that you will always have a good amount of stems available, which are excellent if you want to make bubble hash. You make bubble hash by washing off the resin of plant material with ice cold water. Use special filter bags to filter the resin to get a very potent and pure hash. You can smoke or vaporize bubble hash.