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?
Plain cannabis tea can taste a bit rough, though, so you might consider adding herbs and sweeteners to your beverage. For tea, mints, lemon, honey, sugar, or any flavoured tea bag can mask the taste. If you’re making chai, adding cardamom pods, pepper, and ginger for that traditional zing makes it a tasty and tingly delight.
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.
The possibilities get even wider, though, if you’re a home grower with even more stems lying around. When you strip trunks and main branches of their much longer fibres, you can start making decorations, baskets, and even yarn if you work at it long enough!
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.
Repurpose your cannabis stems to make the most of your crop!
Capping things off, you can even use your stems to grow yourself some more cannabis! Specifically, you can use a wood chipper (or another processing method) to turn the stems into a reliable mulch. This will protect the soil under it, making sure plants keep as much of their rainwater as possible. There’s a lot more information to cover when it comes to properly applying mulch in the growing process, but we hope to have sparked your interest in the idea!
Whether you’re a candle-lover or someone who prefers to use hemp wicks as a way to light your bud so that you don’t have to deal with the negative effects of butane, you can make candle wick out of your stems as well.
Seeds from your weed are very vital to your organ health and entire body. Some of them are not produced by the human body. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are the main ones you want.
As with marijuana stems, cannabis seeds are relatively versatile. Whether you want to start growing your weed plants or sell your seeds (make sure that this is legal in the state that you live in first), prepare the seeds and eat them as you would with hemp seeds. You can also try to extract the oils in the seeds. You are guaranteed to find a way to get the most out of your marijuana seeds so that you are not forced to throw them away and waste them.
If you have been throwing away these parts of the marijuana bud but have been curious as to whether or not they can be used in their own way, take a look at the article below. You will learn more about how these stems and seeds can be used after you finish smoking all of your cannabis flowers.
You may be thinking, how will cannabutter be a useful product if the stems contain almost no THC? True, while weed stems do not have a high level of THC, it takes quite a bit of the material in order to make your own products. The cumulative effect of all the material will help to provide a more mild effect for users.
While you will not commonly find seeds in your marijuana, this does happen on occasion. You will see these pop up as small brown or grey, solid objects that aren’t any normal part of the plant that you would be able to identify. Both of these parts of the cannabis plant can be found in your bud and these are the two that we will focus on throughout this article.
You can easily take the above ideas to make a hash oil that can be used for vaping or for taking directly for different benefits. With these kinds of products, you generally have to first heat the plant matter and then add it to your choice of oil. Once it is combined, you will let it heat and mix for a couple of hours. You can then filter out all of the plant material. Then you have an oil that can be further mixed or used directly!
I am an Inventory Manager at a cultivation center in Nevada. By far our most time consuming process is picking stems and seeds out of batches we get for joints. It takes us about 8 hours to roll 100 joints on a good day.
Now the hard part. What makes it through we have to search through with tweezers and pick out anything that would compromise the taste or structure of the joint.
We take the bud and depending on it's size either hand break it down or roll it through a metal screen. All the large stems and seeds are easy to pick off the screen.
Then we hand grind and put into cones, which is fairly fast.
My question is: Is there any faster way to pick the stems and seeds out? Takes way too long for the price and manpower.