What Can You Do With Cannabis Stems

When harvesting, most growers throw out the stems, here are some tips to make the most out of your plant material.
23 June 2020
10 min read
 What Can You Do With Cannabis Stems

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Often growers forget that every part of the cannabis plant can be used, from the stems to the leaves. Even though stems don’t contain a lot of cannabinoids, they can still be used to make cannabutter, teas, topicals and edibles.

1. Cannabis Stems

Cannabis stems can be gathered in different ways, you’ll get more when harvesting your plant but you can also collect them when grinding your flowers.

 

Cannabis stems contain less than 0.4% of THC.
  

Even though most growers throw them out, you can make a couple of different things with them, although you will have to collect quite a bit because they don’t contain too much cannabinoids.

Cannabis stems is a common leftover plant material, either from trimming your plant or left in your grinder. If you’re an avid consumer it’s easy to gather a good amount. Despite not having too much THC cannabis stems still can be used to make cannabutter, teas, topicals, and edibles.

2. Is There THC In Stems?

Stems actually content a minimal amount of THCIf you collected stems from the buds, then they will have a little bit more because of the trichomes on them, but if you are collecting branches then the THC level can be lower than 0.4%.

This means you can make different things with them but you will need a lot.

For example, if you have 1g of flower with 20% THC, you will get around 200mg of THC while if you have 1g of stems, you’ll get around 4mg of THC.

3. Can You Smoke Stems?

Even though you can smoke the stems, a lot of cannabis consumers agree that it’s bad for you. Stems contain a lot of chlorophyll and taste bad.

 

Even though you can use stems, you will need quite a lot because of their low THC level.
 

They also have the same negative effects that come with smoking bud (combusting plant material and inhaling smoke) but you won’t get a strong or any effect at all, although it can help you through times where you can’t get flowers, it is better to avoid smoking stems.

4. What Can You Do With Stems?

Despite the low amount, stems and branches contain THC so, in theory, you can do (almost) everything you can with flowers.

Here are some ideas on what you can do with stems and branches of your precious plant:

Make Tea Or Edibles With Cannabis Stems

Before making tea or edibles with stems (or buds) you have to decarboxylate the plant material.

To decarboxylate, spread your stems on an oven tray and place in the oven at around in between 90-110 celsius for around 40min (depending on the amount) and until they’re “toasted” (brownish color).

When you’re finished decarboxylating let them cool down and cover them with warm water and butter, this will make the butter melt so the cannabinoids can dissolve in it.

After this, use a strainer to remove the plant material and you’re ready to make your favorite tea.

Alcohol

To make a cannabis-infused drink, you can add the stems (preferably bud stems) to a bottle of strong alcohol, like vodka for example.

Add the stems (at least 3-5g) to a bottle of strong alcohol and let it rest in a dark place for 3 weeks, shaking it at least once a week. Also, be careful when trying it for the first time, try a small dose to see how it will affect you.

You can also use the infused alcohol to make your favorite drinks.

 

What Can You Do With Stems?

Since stems and branches contain THC you can still consume it.

Wicks To Light Joint Or Bong

As you may know, when lighting a joint or bong bowl we may inhale the butane coming out of the lighter, for this reason, grow shops sell hemp wick which is a string made out of hemp used to light joints or bongs when consuming cannabis.

If you smoke too much, it’s a good idea to make hemp wick out of the stems.

To make your own hemp wick, use a sharp blade to cut the stem into several long strings, twist the fiber strings into a rope and dip it in beeswax and allow it to dry so it’s keep the rope form.

 

Stems can be used as hemp wick to avoid the ingestion of butane.
 

If you don't care about it looking good, you can just light the stem and use it to light your joint, either way, you won’t be inhaling butane and it’s a simple and effective way of using the stems.

5. In Conclusion

With the leftover plant material you can end up with a lot of ways of consuming cannabis and is a great way of exploring other ways to get high and how the effects differ.

If you don’t grow a lot of plants, collecting the stems may not be ideal, even though you can still use them, if you have a lot of plants or your growing cycle allows you to harvest every month you can use them in several ways, even if they don’t contain too much THC.

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