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 cannabinoid Ever wonder why your prerolls spark sometimes? Or when you light your bowl, once in a while the weed will crackle? Today we explore the most common reasons why your weed is talking to you like it's RIce Krispes.
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.
- 1. Cannabis stems
- 2. Is there thc in stems?
- 3. Can you smoke stems?
- 4. What can you do with stems?
- 4. a. Make tea or edibles with cannabis stems
- 4. b. Alcohol
- 4. c. Wicks to light joint or bong
- 5. In conclusion
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. Every single part of a weed plant can be used, and while the stems do contain a much lower THC, CBD, and terpene count than the flowers, they do still contain some of that sticky gold we all know and love.
In the past, growers and consumers alike would more often than not just discard cannabis stems. And while it is not always recommended to smoke the stems, there is a surplus of ways you can extract the hidden sticky-icky and put it to great use. 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?
While not as heavily packed with the good stuff as the buds, cannabis stems can be used to make cannabutter or cannabis coco-oil, cannabis-infused teas and coffee, topicals, tinctures, bubble hash, or with pretty much any other technique used for cannabinoid and terpene extraction that would be used on other parts of the plant. Yes, stems contain THC but a much lower concentration than found in the flowers. With today’s genetics, it is not uncommon for buds to contain 25% THC or higher. Although this study did not test the larger stems and branches, the common consensus is that they contain anywhere between 0.4% to 0.03% THC depending on the strain and the quality.
This means that stems actually content a minimal amount of THC. If 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 0.03%. 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.
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 the 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.
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 infused alcohol to make your favorite drinks.
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 keeps the rope form.
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.
Why Does My Weed Crackle? | Reasons Why Your Hemp or Weed Sparks
You’re here because you lit up your joint or bong, and your weed sparked up, making your smoke crackle like Rice Krispies cereal. If you’ve never experienced this before, you might find it surprising and a bit off-putting. There are a few reasons why this might happen. Let’s jump right in.
This may seem like the most obvious reason. If you left your weed out for too long, or if wasn’t handled properly before it got to you, then it may have just gotten too dry. When your hemp or marijuana is crackling, it’s similar to what happens when you light tinder to start a fire.
Another common reason that your buds might be snapping and popping at you is that your weed has some seeds in it.
Seeds will occur in cannabis plants when pollination occurs. It usually means one of two things: that the female cannabis plant came into contact with pollen from a male plant, or that the seeds are from a case of hermaphroditism. We don’t want to get too scientific here, so we’re going to leave it for the botanists to explain.
Long story short, seeds will pretty much always snap, crackle, and pop. It’s not a good thing.
Similar to seeds, stems are not meant to be smoked. They’ll be harsh and will crackle as well, especially if they’e on the dry side. In prerolls, often times you’ll see sparks because the manufacturer didn’t properly de-stem and sift their flower or trim. If you’re experiencing this in a hemp or marijuana cigarette, then that’s a telltale sign of a poor quality product.
Often times when you’re smoking on crackly weed, you’ll find one of the previously mentioned points as the culprit. But if you’ve already eliminated those, then improper cultivation is probably the reason.
During the cannabis cultivation process, plants must undergo a phase where they stop receiving nutrients, and only take in water. This phase is called flushing, which allows the plant to absorb nutrients that have already built up within them, and preventing an overload of nutrient contamination in your buds.
Proper flushing technique and timing can dramatically improve the overall quality of the final product. Specifically, flushing will create a better tasting and smoother smoke. Alternatively, if the flushing process is not doing properly or at the correct timing, you may end up with crackly, harsh weed.
We hope that this helps you understand more why some hemp or cannabis will burn smoother than others. Remember, not all hemp/cannabis is made equal. Good product manufacturers will make sure that quality plant material goes into their products, and will also store them properly once they’ve completed their production. If your prerolls or flower is crackling out of the package, then you’ll probably want to switch brands.