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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
  • coughing

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.

weed stems and seeds

While this may not be great news for all the pot head dudes out there, it turns out smoking stems and seeds doesn’t really matter because smoking weed in the first place is what affects sperm count. Therefore — since smoking stems tastes disgusting and your sperm is going to die anyway — why not consider something like stem tea?

MythPuffers: What’s The Deal With Stems And Seeds?

We all know what it’s like to spend 60 bucks on a disappointing eighth of weed that’s way too stemm-y and chock full of seeds. While it’s not only a hassle to de-seed and de-stem the sub-par product, what you’re left with once your eighth is gone seems entirely useless — but somehow you convince yourself to save it all anyway.

It’s been posited by some potheads that seeds and stems contain no THC, taste like shit, and will make you sick or even infertile. More positive stoners, on the other hand, have faith in the byproducts’ heightening abilities and promote the smoking, drinking, and planting of stems and seeds. Obviously when it comes to drugs like marijuana, everyone reacts to these things differently, but that, my friends, is how legends are born. This week’s MythPuffers is seed-and-stem-centric — focusing on not one but three common myths and questions surrounding the two little things potheads dread most.

One of the more popular ways to rid of seeds and stems is to smoke them — un-ground in many cases. One myth that has spurred from the smoking of these stems and seeds is that they will negatively affect your fertility. What? That’s right — some people believe that smoking stems in particular will lessen a male’s sperm count and damage a woman’s ovaries.

While this may seem ridiculous at face value, according to BBC News, a study at Buffalo University has linked chronic marijuana smoking to a lower sperm count among males. Head researcher Dr. Lani Burkman claims that THC is “doing something to sperm” — something which makes the little guys swim too fast so that they end up getting tired before finishing the job. In terms of female fertility, however, results from a separate study are inconclusive.

While this may not be great news for all the pot head dudes out there, it turns out smoking stems and seeds doesn’t really matter because smoking weed in the first place is what affects sperm count. Therefore — since smoking stems tastes disgusting and your sperm is going to die anyway — why not consider something like stem tea?

Not only is stem tea easy to make but, also, if done correctly ,it’s a great way to get rid of saved stems. While some might believe that stem tea is a sham after learning last week that THC is not water soluble, there are several recipes available on the Internet (like this one) which suggest steeping your pot in something fatty, like milk, or for the hard-core tea drinkers, something alcoholic. Although stem tea will not produce a high as strong as one from smoking — leaves, not stems — there are traces of THC in the stalks and thus drinkers will experience mind alterations if the beverage is prepared correctly.

Now that your stems have been taken care of, what about your seeds? One of the most popular myths — or hopes rather — is that planting seeds found in dumpy weed will grow into beautiful marijuana plants.

It probably comes as no surprise that, yes, by planting seeds found in shake, it is possible to grow marijuana plants. While this seems like an attractive idea in theory, what many stoners don’t realize is the time and effort that goes into cultivating reefer. Especially if you’re living in New York, as a college student, there’s nowhere in the city a plant would have access to proper soil and enough sunlight to prosper — this, of course, is a lot for any smoker. Despite the fact that potheads aren’t of the most responsible breed, if your weed is shitty in the first place, why would you even want to reproduce it?

Of course, there are many other ways to deal with pesky stems and seeds that are possibly more affective and slightly more reasonable than stem tea and planting seeds. Green Dragon, for example, is a notorious weed, stem, and seed concoction that MythPuffers will be investigating in the coming weeks — so stay tuned.

If you’re growing weed and just got done harvesting and hanging up your buds to dry it may well come about that you become curious about what to do with all those leftover stems and leaves. It sure wouldn’t be the first time that someone has the idea to smoke them. But don’t!

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Weed Stems: Don’t Throw Them Away!

Anyone who grows marijuana knows the feeling: You may get a good amount of bud at harvest time, but as you are cutting your plant you will toss much of it, like the leaves and the stems. What a waste! But don’t fret: Cannabis is very versatile and you can put the stems to good use as we’ll show you in this article.

Growing weed isn’t always easy. Getting that little seed up to a healthy and lush plant can at times require a good amount of patience and effort and then the one or the other expense too. Having to throw away most of your precious plant at harvest time really seems like a huge waste and let’s be frank, it really is. You can actually save most plant material from your weed plant and put it to good use. Here are some tips of what you can do with your leftover cannabis stems.

WHAT TO DO WITH CANNABIS STEMS?

USE THE STEMS TO MAKE TEA

One excellent way to use your cannabis stems instead of tossing them is to use them to make tea. You can make cannabis tea by pouring boiling water over stems, that you sliced length-wise and then letting the mixture steep for 24 hours. This method however is mostly for flavour. To get a more potent cannabis tea, you first want to decarboxylate the stems, which is the process to activate the cannabinoids.

To decarboxylate your cannabis plant material, what you do is that you “toast” your stems in your preheated oven at 100°C for about 15 minutes. Increase the temperature to 120°C and “bake” them for an additional 45 minutes.

When done, take your decarboxylated stems out of the oven, let them cool off a bit and grind them, but don’t grind them up too fine, since this can make for a very bitter taste.

Now put your stems into a small pot and pour just enough water to cover them and add some butter or coconut oil. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Afterwards, pour the mixture through a coffee filter or cheese cloth to remove plant material from your tea. For a better taste, use the brew and mix it with your favourite tea: Just toss a teabag or two into the mix. You can use the brew to make hot cocoa too.

MAKE A CANNABIS COCKTAIL

If you want an alcohol-based cannabis tincture rather than a tea, you can use the stems to make a “Green Dragon” cannabis cocktail. To make a Green Dragon, fill a mason jar all the way up with some stems. Get some high-proof food-safe alcohol. Everclear or Vodka can be a good choice for this method. Pour the alcohol into the jar with your stems and fill the jar all the way up. Store the mason jar with your mix in a dark and cool place such as a cupboard and allow the mixture to soak for at least one week. Shake the jar daily! The longer you allow the stem mix to soak, the more THC and flavour your cannabis cocktail will have. After you had the stems soaking, pour the mix through a filter or strainer to remove the remaining plant matter.

USE YOUR STEMS TO MAKE BUBBLE HASH

If you grow marijuana, chances are, that you will always have a good amount of stems available, which are excellent if you want to make bubble hash. You make bubble hash by washing off the resin of plant material with ice cold water. Use special filter bags to filter the resin to get a very potent and pure hash. You can smoke or vaporize bubble hash.

USE THE STEMS TO MAKE CANNABUTTER

Cannabutter is always good to have since it is very versatile ingredient with which you can make a plethora of cannabis recipes. Most recipes for cannabutter will possibly say, that you use weed shake or buds to make it, but of course you can use your stems as well! Just ensure that you use plenty of them to get the desired effectiveness because the stems are weaker than if you were to use buds.

To make cannabutter, you need to grind up your stems. Since you will likely need a whole lot of stems for your butter it can be best if you use a food processor for this. Once you have ground your stems, put them in a saucepan with some butter and simmer them for about 45 minutes. Make sure you stir frequently. You can turn off the heat once your stems have turned brown. Use a strainer and strain the melted butter to filter out the remaining plant matter. You can store your cannabutter in the fridge.

MAKE MARIJUANA OINTMENTS AND CREAMS

Unless someone lives under a rock, most people today (and this includes scientists and health experts) agree, that cannabis has outstanding therapeutic potential. Topical cannabis ointments and creams make an excellent way to use the plant for medicinal purposes, to help with the treatment of many different ailments and for pain relief.

You don’t need a lot of things to make your own cannabis topical at home. On the internet, you can find a good number of easy recipes for basic marijuana topicals where you can use your stems to make them. You can then add essential oils or vitamins, that with their beneficial properties work greatly together with the therapeutically compounds of the cannabis!

WHAT NOT TO DO WITH CANNABIS STEMS

DON’T SMOKE THE STEMS

If you’re growing weed and just got done harvesting and hanging up your buds to dry it may well come about that you become curious about what to do with all those leftover stems and leaves. It sure wouldn’t be the first time that someone has the idea to smoke them. But don’t!

The stems consist mostly of plant matter, which doesn’t have any benefit or psychoactive effect. The only valuable parts of the stem that have some small amount of THC are on the outside. Or said differently, if you smoke the stems you combust a good amount of unhealthy plant matter, that will accomplish nothing. Worse, it’s more likely that you will get a bad headache when you smoke them.

Got a load of trim sitting around? Although not as potent as bud, trim has a lot to offer when used correctly. So here are five great.

Written by: Georg
Based in Spain, Georg spends a lot of his time not only geeking out at his computer but in his garden as well. With a burning passion for growing cannabis and researching psychedelics, Georg is well versed in all things psychoactive.

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