PSA: Don’t Smoke Those Stems
These are crazy times, so it’s not that weird that you’re looking at your bowl of weed stems and contemplating smoking them. Waste not, want not, right?
As nice as it is to reduce waste and be resourceful, smoking stems isn’t the way to go.
If stems are all you have left, then you’ve already smoked the good stuff.
Stems contain almost no THC. What little may be in there doesn’t even come close to being enough to produce a high.
The negligible amount of THC in stems isn’t worth the unpleasant effects and risk to your lungs that come with smoking.
Inhaling smoke harms your lungs. It doesn’t matter if it’s bud, seed, tobacco, or burning wood. Toxins and carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) are released from the combustion of materials, even stems. This damages your lungs and increases your risk for cancer and heart and lung diseases.
Smoke effects aside, smoking stems can cause:
- a raging headache
- a sore throat
It’ll also taste like you’re smoking wood chips.
Some people on Reddit and other forums who admit to having smoked weed stems also reported uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, like nausea and abdominal pain.
Nope. You shouldn’t smoke those either.
Marijuana seeds aren’t going to get you high no matter how many you crush and smoke. There’s just not enough THC in the seeds to produce any effects.
Lighting them up will create a lot of snap, crackle, and pop. The acrid smoke will irritate your throat and damage your lungs like other smoke. But that’s about it.
Stems and seeds aren’t worth smoking, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely useless. You may be able to use lingering stems and seeds. Exactly what you can do with them depends on how many you have.
If you just have a few seeds kicking around, you could plant them and try growing your own stash (if you live in an area where this is permitted, of course).
Have an abundance of stems and seeds to play with? Consider eating it.
Here are some ways to make it appetizing.
Brew some stem tea
Before getting your brew on, you’ll want to bake the stems on a baking sheet in the oven for around 45 minutes at 225°F (107°C). When done, let the stems cool, and then grind them up.
Put your ground stems in a tea diffuser and let them steep in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can steep your ground stems in a pot of boiling water and then place a coffee filter over your mug and pour so it strains your brew.
Make stem butter
Who doesn’t like butter?
Just like when making tea from weed stems, you’ll want to bake your stems in the oven at 225°F (107°C) for 45 minutes and let them cool before grinding.
Place some butter in a pan and melt over low heat. Once the butter’s completely melted, add the ground stems and let simmer for around 30 minutes, stirring often.
To strain it, cheesecloth works best. Just secure the cheesecloth over a glass jar with a rubber band, and slowly pour the butter over the cloth. Let the butter cool and — voilà — stem butter!It might be tempting to smoke all those stems that are gathering dust in your jar, but you may want to think twice before lighting up.
How To Make Weed Stem Tea: 6 Easy Steps
The effortless way to put those stems to good use.
by Macey W. – November 15, 2019
When you’ve used up your stash and have a pile of stems left, you may be tempted to smoke them up as a last resort. Don’t do that. There are other ways to use these pesky stems that won’t result in a massive headache and disappointment like smoking them would. Learning how to make weed stem tea is your best bet and requires little effort.
If you’ve made other weed tea, you have a general idea of what you’re getting into. Weed stem tea will probably be much less potent than regular cannabis tea because the stems do not have high concentrations of THC.
Ingredients for Weed Stem Tea
- Weed stems (at least ¼ cup of them, but feel free to double or triple the amount)
- 2 cups of water for one serving, double with each person you’ll be serving
- Coffee filter, cheesecloth, paper towel, or another similar filter
- Alcohol, butter, milk, or coconut oil for binding (just pick one for flavor’s sake)
- Saucepan for boiling water
- Additional tea bag, sugar, or other flavors (optional)
How to Cook Your Tea
1. Gather Your Stems
You can decide if you want to grind your stems beforehand, but it’s not necessary to do and may end up making the straining process more complicated.
So either grind up your stems or gather what you have and move on to the next step.
2. Boil Water
Fill your saucepan with water and bring to a boil. If you’re using milk, butter, or oil, add it to the saucepan before bringing to a boil.
If you’re using alcohol as a binding agent, do not add it to the water yet. It will boil out.
3. Add Stems to the Boiling Water
Add your stems to the boiling water and give it a good stir. Continue stirring frequently for the next 10-15 minutes.
4. Remove From Heat
Once you’ve stirred the stems in boiling water for a good 10-15 minutes, you can take the saucepan off the heat and allow it to start cooling.
If you didn’t add a source of fat to the boiling water, now is the time to add alcohol. Three tablespoons should do the trick. You can use vodka, rum, or whatever alcohol you have on hand that might make a good pairing.
5. Strain the Contents of the Saucepan
Secure your cheesecloth, paper towel, or coffee filter over a cup or pot to pour the contents into. Slowly pour your mixture over the filter, straining the weed stems out.
I’m telling you to enjoy but deep down I know weed stem tea is not very tasty. This is a great time to add in additional tea bags to steep, honey, sugar, or other ingredients to make the tea more appetizing. Otherwise, you can drink it plain and really soak up the earthy flavor.
Does Weed Stem Tea Get You High?
In theory, yes. The verdict is out on just how much THC stems actually have. We know researchers have found small CBD and THC contents in hemp stems. This is notable because hemp typically has lower THC than other varieties of cannabis.
Scour the internet for a bit and you’ll find several people who claim to have had success making stem tea. You’ll also find people disappointed that nothing happened when they drank theirs.
Regardless, stems do have small amounts of THC. Efforts to make a stem tea will not be in vain, even if the result is just a more relaxing than usual evening in.
The Tea Will Not Get You High Without a Binding Agent
There are factors to keep in mind for stem tea potency. If some trichomes were still hanging around on the stems when the tea was made, it will have a higher THC content. The plant’s overall potency and THC content will factor in as well.
If you’re not using a binding agent, you can be certain your stem tea will not have any effects. Binding agents are crucial. THC is not water-soluble and needs something to bind to in order to activate.
Weed stem tea can be prepared using alcohol as a binding agent, or with any source of fat like milk, butter, or coconut oil.
Final Thoughts for Weed Stem Tea
Nobody seems to get excited about weed stems, for good reason. They take up extra weight when purchasing without being useful for smoking. This leads a lot of people to throw out their weed stems as soon as they come across them, writing them off as completely useless. But they don’t have to be.
THC content in weed stems varies, but the biggest factor in the tea’s effectiveness is the proper use of a binding agent.
Weed stem tea may serve as a good experiment for the stoner who ends up with lots of discarded stems. Some find fats like milk or butter work best to bind, while others swear by the use of alcohol. If your weed stem tea fails, try again using a different binding agent and see if there’s a difference.
It’s not the most ideal way to get high, but it can be a good alternative to smoking. Most of all, making weed stem tea is a wonderful way to benefit from all parts of the cannabis plant, especially when you’ve already paid for it.Do you have a bunch of weed stems left over? Don't smoke them. Learn how to make weed stem tea. It's as easy as you think. ]]>