Across stoner culture, one question still lingers in the air: Is smoking weed stems a good or a bad idea? Moreover, can smoking weed stems get you high?
Unfortunately, the answer doesn’t favor the smoker.
Quite simply, smoking weed stems is a terrible idea. It’s an idea that won’t even get you high. EVER! The reason being is that THC levels in weed stems, themselves, are practically non-existent.
The only thing you’d be left with is an excruciating headache. However, all is not lost. We’re by no means proponents of wasteful behavior. There are plenty of useful and creative ways to make the best of the stem bundle you’ve compiled over time.
But before we share a few brilliant ideas on what to do with your leftover stems, let’s break down the health risks of smoking these naughty little things.
Side effects of smoking weed stems
Terrible headaches/migraines made worse
Among the most common side effects of smoking weed stems are headaches. Plus, since there’s no THC found in the stalks, you’d hardly experience any bursts of inspiration or creativity. You’d achieve the opposite effect.
All in all, you’d be doing your cognitive system a considerable disservice.
Also, a piece of friendly advice? If you’re prone to migraines, smoking weed stems won’t just instigate an attack, but it will significantly intensify it. So, treat yourself kindly. Avoid doing this at all costs.
A nightmare for your digestive system
As we’ve previously mentioned, smoking weed stems can cause problems for your digestive system. The taste is so offensive that it’s almost indicative of what it’s going to do to you.
In addition to the most common side effects caused by the compound found in weed stalks (vomiting and nausea), sharp abdominal pain is one of the worst you’ll experience.
Do your lungs a favor
Just stay away from smoking weed stems! It would be best if you stopped smoking (not consuming) altogether.
The truth is, smoking, as a method of consuming anything (apart from the air) is bad news for your lungs. When we inhale the smoke from a combusted dried herb, we’re simultaneously inhaling over 100 different toxins, some of which are carcinogenic!
Our lungs’ natural response to inhaling smoke is to contract. That’s why it’s super dangerous for asthma patients to smoke cannabis or tobacco at that matter.
Therefore, if you had any doubts about whether vaporizers or dab pens are harmful to you, no need to worry anymore. Do yourself a favor and get one.
Get creative with your weed stems
Alas, the moment has come for us to reveal a few exciting and creative ways of turning those seemingly useless weed stalks into something utterly brilliant!
A buttery delight
Oh yes, weed stems can be used for making butter (much less potent butter, but weed butter nevertheless). The recipe is pretty straightforward. All you need is one cup of salted butter and a ½ ounce of finely ground weed stems.
You have to melt your butter on low heat and add in the ground stems once it’s completely melted. Stir the mixture as often as you can while it simmers for about 45 minutes.
The last step of the process involves the use of a cheesecloth. Place the cloth inside a glass jar and pour the melted butter over it. Once it’s cooled down, grab the corners of the fabric and strain out the butter through it. Done!
A healthy cup of heaven
Did you know that weed stems can be used to brew tea?
Throughout history, weed tea has been used as a means of treating all kinds of different ailments. For example, it’s great for battling bouts of depression and anxiety, stomach cramps, and relieving pain.
Making weed tea is an excellent way of using your leftover stalks because it’s super easy to do.
However, before giving this a shot, it’s necessary to decarboxylate the stems. But don’t let this complicated term stand in your way.
Decarboxylation is a process through which you turn the non-intoxicating THCA into THC. You can do this by merely baking the stems in your oven for about 45 minutes at 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
After that, all that’s left to do is grind up the stems and put them in your favorite tea infuser and let it rest in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Voila! Simple as that.
A shot of stem-infused alcohol
You know this is a thing nowadays, don’t you? There are so many different types of cannabis-infused beers and wines from which to choose. But why not make your own home-brewed liquor?
First and foremost, get yourself a bottle of vodka, whiskey, or any other liquor containing at least 40% alcohol (this will dissolve the cannabis resin). Then, pour out a couple of shots to make room for the weed stalks.
Then, grind your previously decarboxylated weed stems into small pieces and sink them into the alcohol. The bottle should be kept in a cool, dark place for up to 10 days. Make sure to visit your drink now and again and give it a decent shake.
After ten days you’ll have yourself a bottle of something super tasty and super potent! Next time your friends come over, you can welcome them with either a warm cup of weed tea or a shot of stem-infused alcohol.
Beware, though. Weed-infused alcohol delivers an entirely different sensation. Drink it responsibly!
Get crafty with it
In case you’re looking to get creative with weed stems in a more practical and less intoxicating way, we have great news for you.
There are so many beautiful and useful things you could make with cannabis stalks.
For example, peeled off fibers from longer stems can be used for weaving bracelets. Also, you could sharpen the stems and make very handy BBQ skewers, just put them in water first for a few hours.
Create your own stem kief
You can separate them from the stems, collect them in a bag and place them in the freezer for a few hours.
Give the bag an occasional shake to break off the frozen resin crystals which will collect at the bottom of the bag.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
Knowledge is power. Although weed stalks seem useless at first glance, there are so many things you could do with them not only to get a buzz, but make your life more practical as well.
If you’re an avid smoker, you surely have a ton of stems piled somewhere. So, instead of thinking about dumping them in the trash, put them to better use.