Many often make the mistake of feeling that smoking or vaping is all that you can do with marijuana stems. The majority of cannabis users are oblivious of the creative ways you can enjoy leftover marijuana stems so they throw these gems away. A costly mistake the majority of users make that has led to much wastage of the beneficial natural product.
Contrary to what most people believe, numerous beneficial things can be done with leftover marijuana stems. Proper use of these leftovers has the ability to open users to different untapped experiences with marijuana.
In this article, I’ll drill down on 5 different creative ways you can employ to get the best out of your leftover marijuana stems. Read on to discover the plethora of marijuana bliss you’ve been missing out on by throwing away those leftover marijuana stems.
Make a cannabis stem tea or drink
Marijuana stem leftovers are very versatile and they contain a good percentage of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These leftovers can be used to make a tea or hot drink with cocoa for any desired recreational effect. It can be also be used for medical purposes as the cannabinoids and other molecules in the infusion are still very effective.
The first step while making the marijuana tea or drink is to decarboxylate marijuana stems to make the cannabinoids bioavailable. This is done by heating the stems at a low heat of 215 degrees for 15 minutes and then at 240 degrees for 45 minutes. The stems are then ground down in size to make the infusion process more effective.
A filter bag is best used for housing the stems to be used for the tea. If the flavor of marijuana is desired, then it can be done with only water. Other flavorings can be added to the infusion if another type of flavor is desired. The tea can be taken at any time of the day depending on the cannabis strain used and the effect desired. A cannabis strain with high THC content will make for a good treat during the day. While a cannabis strain with a very high CBD content will be very good at night to help you relax and deal with sleep disturbances.
Cannabis edibles have drastically grown in popularity over the past couple of years. Different types of recipes and new dishes involving cannabis are surfacing daily. Many of the cannabis edibles available presently are pastries and baked foods that involve the use of cannabutter. Leftover marijuana stems can easily be used to make cannabutter that will be used for making baked marijuana edibles. It can also be easily infused into other different types of marijuana edibles.
The process of making cannabutter begins with getting a large quantity of leftover marijuana stems. Then decarboxylate the marijuana stems and grind them into fine pieces. The fine cannabis trims are then added with butter to mix under low heat for 40 minutes. This allows the cannabis trims to be infused totally into the butter. It is allowed then to cool and solidify before storage in the fridge. The cannabutter is now available to be used for making infused brownies and cookies.
Cannabis is largely used to make oils, balms, creams, and lotions for topical applications. This is because they are beneficial for dealing with pain, inflammation, and many skin problems. By passing through the skin, these topicals can provide both local and general effects and they do so while avoiding the digestive system. This means that they are very effective and can give fast action. They also help with bug bites, burns, and menstrual cramps.
To make a topical with leftover marijuana stems, the first step is to make a salve with either coconut oil or olive oil. Then decarboxylate the stems through the heating process as explained earlier. The decarboxylated stem is then added to the salve and heated for about 20 minutes. The mixture is then strained using cheesecloth. Beeswax should be melted on the stove separately. The prepared infused oil should be added to the beeswax. Allow the mixture to cool. Essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, lemon oil, or rosemary oil can be added for additional effects. The topical can then be added depending on the desired effect.
Make a tincture
Cannabis stem leftovers can also be easily used to make tinctures and oils. Tinctures are a popular form of cannabis products, especially in the medical marijuana world. It is widely used by many for medical purposes especially those that do not like smoking or using edibles. A tincture can easily be made with high potent gram alcohol. This alcohol is the major item used in the process of making a tincture. Marijuana tinctures are easy to dose and they have a fast onset of action.
The marijuana stems are first decarboxylated. Then they need to be finely ground to facilitate absorption. The flower is then added into a mason jar with the ground marijuana stems. The jar is closed for a couple of weeks and agitated once or twice daily. This period can be shortened by vigorously shaking for a reduced period of time and storing. However, it should be noted that the initial method seems to be more effective for producing a potent marijuana tincture.
Make cannabis extracts
Different types of cannabis extracts and concentrates can be gotten from leftover marijuana stems. Leftover cannabis stems can be used to get kief which can then be re-vaped. The stems will be placed in a bag in the freezer. The cold temperature in the freezer allows the desired kief to separate from the remaining stems in the bag. Once the kief separates, they can be collected. The bag can also be shaken once in a while as this will enable the resin to break off easier.
The kief produced can then be used again or it can be used to make hash. It can also be added to a regular joint to add a spike or used to make moon rocks. The produced cannabis extract should be stored and kept until it is needed.
Leftover marijuana stems are gems that shouldn’t be discarded. They bring so much to the table, and it’s sad the majority of cannabis users are oblivious of this. Will you be using your leftover marijuana stems anytime soon? Let us know in the comment section below.
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