Weed Stems 101
You’ve used up all your current stash of cannabis flower, and now you’re looking at what’s left — a collection of stems. Before you simply toss out those stems, however, you can’t help wondering whether you can get some value out of that debris, either from any THC lurking within it or through some other application. Let’s take a look at these often-neglected bits of the cannabis plant and their potential uses.
What Are Weed Stems?
Like so many varieties of flora, the cannabis plant consists of multiple parts. However, only the female plants produce the THC-rich buds and flowers that cannabis users actually smoke. Other parts of the plant include trichomes (hair-like appendages that contain aromatic terpenes) and the strong, fibrous stems that support the plant. Both stems and seeds are traditionally thought of as throw-away components that don’t create a high or provide useful medical benefits.
Why Shouldn’t You Smoke Weed Stems?
You might feel tempted to smoke your weed stems, but you really shouldn’t. For starters, weed stems contain so little THC that you can’t derive any noticeable benefits from smoking them as you would flowers. To make the prospect even less appealing, smoked stems taste and smell acrid, like burnt wood chips. Smoking them can cause coughing jags, a sore throat, and pounding headaches. It’s little wonder, then, why experienced marijuana users have grown accustomed to tossing these parts of the plant out with the garbage.
What Use Can You Get From Weed Stems?
Just because you can’t get any benefit from smoking weed stems, that doesn’t mean these plant pieces hold no value at all. Many people happen to enjoy the flavor and aroma of cannabis, no matter what part of the plant it comes from. If you’re one of those individuals, you can always brew your stems into a tea along with your favorite kinds of tea leaves.
You can use stems to make your own cannabis-infused butter. Simply bake and grind the stems and then combine them with melted butter, straining this mixture and letting it cool. You can also infuse alcoholic beverages with stems, season your favorite dishes with them, or even mix them with alcohol and let the liquid evaporate in a pan until you can scrape away the residual hash.
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