3 Awesome Ways You Can Use Your Leftover Marijuana Stems
Updated: Mar 20
It's a common error to think that marijuana stems are only good for smoking or vaping. Most cannabis users make this costly mistake of wasting this beneficial natural product.
Let's take a look at 3 distinctly creative ways that you can employ to make the best use of your otherwise-discarded leftover marijuana stems:
Make Yourself Some Tea!
Marijuana stem leftovers being so versatile, and as they contain a good amount of flavonoids, cannabinoids, and terpenes, they can be used to make a cup of hot cocoa or tea - for any recreational effect one desires. It goes without saying that these leftovers can also be used for medical purposes as we know how the cannabinoids, as well as the other molecules in the infusion, are no less effective.
When you're making a marijuana drink or just marijuana tea, the first thing you do is decarboxylate the marijuana stems, in order to have the cannabinoids bioavailable. You can do this by heating these stems at 215°, on low heat for about 15 minutes, followed by heating at 240° for another 45 minutes. Now, ground down the stems so that the infusion process can be made more effective.
Use a filter bag to house the stems that you'll use to make the tea. If you find the flavor of the ganja as per your liking, then you only need water. To include some other flavoring too, you'll need to add the said flavor to the infusion. You can have the tea at any time of the day, depending upon which cannabis strain you used and the effect you desire. If you've used a cannabis strain with a high THC content, it will make a good day-time tea. On the other hand, using a cannabis strain with a very high CBD content can help you relax better, making it good for the night.
How Does Cannabutter Sound?
It's a hoot to see how Cannabis edibles have amazingly grown in popularity over the past few years. There is no dearth of recipes surfacing daily out there that make use of cannabis. A lot of the cannabis edibles that we get to see these days are baked foods and pastries that use cannabutter. The marijuana stems that are leftover, can be easily used to make cannabutter. The cannabutter can then be used to make a variety of baked marijuana edibles. You can also easily have it infused with other kinds of marijuana edibles.
To make cannabutter, you begin with collecting a large number of leftover marijuana stems. Once you have the stems, decarboxylate and grind them into fine pieces. These fine cannabis trims will now be mixed with butter, under low heat for approximately 40 minutes. It will allow the cannabis trims to be completely infused with the butter. Allow it to cool and then solidify before you store it in the fridge. Once refrigerated, the cannabutter can be used to make infused cookies and brownies.
Cannabis also finds use in making lotions, oils, creams, and balms for topical applications. The reason is these creams and such help in dealing with inflammation, pain, and a variety of skin problems. These topicals once applied to the skin, are able to provide both local as well as general effects, without even touching the digestive system. So, it's fair to say that cannabis topicals are quite effective and work really fast on application. They are also a great help with menstrual cramps, bug bites, and burns.
In order to make a topical, you first have to make a salve using either olive oil or coconut oil. Then, go through the decarboxylation of the stems through the earlier-explained heating process. Add this decarboxylated stem to the salve and heat it for approximately 20 minutes. Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth. Melt the beeswax on the stove separately. Add the prepared infused oil to the beeswax. Allow this mixture to cool. You can even add essential oil, like peppermint, rosemary oil, lavender, or lemon oil, for certain additional effects.
Discarding the leftover marijuana stems would be nothing but wastage. They bring so much to the table that it is sad to see how much cannabis users are unaware of this fact!