Perhaps one of the most unconventional ways to enjoy cannabis are weed-infused topicals, which have become quite popular over the past couple of years. Along with moisturising your skin, cannabis-infused lotions and creams can help care for your muscles in a new way. They’re also a wonder for supple joints, along with tackling sensitive, red skin especially well. Thankfully, we’ve already got a recipe for cannabis lotion! Note, however, that you’ll be replacing “15–30g of flowers” with 2–3x the amount of stems, or the closest you can get.
For potency to build, this little project may take a few months and a few handfuls of stems. By the end of the process, though, you’ll have a strong cross-fade in one convenient, potent drink.
Whiskeys, vodkas, or tequilas that are 40% alcohol or more can all dissolve the resin of cannabis. We’ve got a great recipe for cannabis-infused vodka here, but it’s quite a simple process overall.
Before anything, if you want to make use of the THC content of your stems, decarboxylation is key. It might seem like a confusing process based off the name, but it really just means you’re heating them up to a certain point. This process creates the easily absorbable and immediately psychoactive THC from its precursor chemical, THCA. This, in turn, makes the stems perfect for tinctures, hash, extracts, and edibles.
Then, in a blender, combine an equal amount of stems and regular paper. Add enough water for the mixture to move and blend freely. When the mix is a slurry with minimal bits left intact, pour it out evenly onto the vat. Gently shake the vat until the pulp is evenly spread. If you’re making a larger piece of paper, you’ll need a squeegee to get things even. Leave this to drain and dry. After 24 hours, gently peel your paper away and hang it out to dry. Trim to your needs, and enjoy!
Even on the small scale, stems and small stalks can be stripped of their outer fibre. This process, called decorticating, involves one of the most sophisticated tools out there: your hands. Held together by a cellulose matrix, these fibres need to be rubbed between the fingers to be separated into individual strands. These individual lengths of fibres can be twisted into tough lengths of raw twine. If you save up enough, you’ve got tons of creative possibilities! Might we suggest a tasteful homemade bracelet?
You might not think about it often, but there’s a good bit more you can do with cannabis outside of enjoying its effects. It’s a natural plant material like any other, and that means it can see a lot of use in arts and crafts!
To decarboxylate, evenly spread your stems on an oven tray and place in the oven at 110°C (or 100°C for a fan-assisted oven) for 60 minutes. Once decarboxylated, your stems are ready to go!
It might sound unconventional at first, but remember that hemp is one of the main alternatives to wood-based paper. Considering that, stem-based paper is far from odd, albeit a bit coarse.
You might think cannabis stems are a waste. On the contrary, there are quite a few ways to put them to good use! Find out how inside.
Smoking weed stems is not a good idea. Below I have listed some of the reason for that statement.
Weed tea or as some refer to it as brew tea or steam tea, utilizes the stems. It can be used with your organic water for a flavor in the water. Another use for the stems of the plant is in the making of high-fat coconut infused oil.
• Place all the dried flowers and your ground marijuana weed stems in a tea infuser.
• Put the infuser into a pot of hot boiled water
• Steep the dried flowers and marijuana stems for ten mins.
• Pour your infused tea into a cup add your infused honey to taste
The benefits of weed infused tea have been discussed for years. Pain relief is one of the number one reasons that this method of consuming tea is used. The tea for pain relief should be made from a strain that is high in CBD. If you suffer from painful arthritis, a nice cup of hot cannabis-infused tea will hit the spot.
- Digestive system problems can occur when marijuana stems are smoked. The taste is offensive, and the compound from the stalks that you inhale can cause you to experience some unwanted side effects. These side-effects can include abdominal pain vomiting and nausea.
- The amount of stems you would need to smoke to get any high is not even worth mentioning. The stems do not get you high, and the amount of smoke that you inhale into your lungs is dangerous. Your respiratory system reacts to the smoke by constricting your lungs. This is unfavorable for asthma sufferers.
- If migraines plague you stay away from smoking stems. A migraine will be intensified. Your headaches will be longer lasting.
- 3 teaspoonfuls of decarboxylated marijuana buds and the stems from your plant
- 3 teaspoonfuls of organic dried chamomile
- 3 teaspoonfuls of organic dried rose buds
- Cannabis infused honey to taste
Cannabis is a great way of soothing the angry digestive system. Using cannabis and its stems will prove to be effective in controlling and soothing cramps that problems with the digestive system can present.
If you are going to use the stems for making your tea, decarboxylation is necessary. After the decarboxylation process, grind up your stems and put them in a teabag. This teabag mixed with your hot chocolate is a delicious way to use those marijuana stems.
Ingredients needed for a soothing cannabis tea.
Smoking weed stems isn't a good idea. There is however no need to throw away the stems of the cannabis plant. If you're mindful of never wasting anything…