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
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.
Does Chewing On Weed Stems Get You High?
If you’ve ever been short on bud, you may have considered toking or even chewing on the leftovers of your cannabis plant, like stems. Surely there must be some THC left in the stalk of the marijuana plant, right? Save yourself the trouble: smoking or eating your weed stems will do little for your buzz. Here’s why.
Chewing Weed Stems Gets You High: Myth or Reality?
Although there are some out there who claim to get high from chewing on leftover stems, this is a complete myth. Cannabis stems contain so little THC – which also hasn’t been activated with heat – that chewing on them in the hope of a little buzz will have zero results. Those who claim to get high from chewing weed stems are more than likely experiencing a placebo effect.
2 Main Reasons For Why Chewing On Raw Weed Stems Won’t Work
Eating weed stems will have the same effects as eating raw cannabis: none. Stems, like any other part of the marijuana plant, need to be decarbed – heated up for the activation of cannabinoids – for any effects to take place. We can take a further look to see exactly how and why eating raw stems will not get you high.
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First, Low THC Content
If you are wondering if eating weed stems will get you high, you might be disappointed. Stems have so little THC that you would need to consume an enormous quantity to feel the effects. Even smoking stems is not recommended at all and is the equivalent of smoking dried wood chippings – basically, far worse than smoking any kind of cannabis. If you want to consume stems at all, you must first decarb them, infuse them, and finally enjoy them as edibles.
Second, Stems Need To Be Decarbed
Weed stems, like any other type of cannabis that can be eaten, need to be decarbed to activate the THC. To decarb your marijuana stems, heat them in an oven at 240°F (about 115°C) for about one hour. After decarbing, you can then use the stems for teas or infuse them further into a fatty substance (like milk, oil or butter). To increase the number of ways in which you can use your stems, simmer them in the fat of your choice for at least 30 minutes before adding it to any meal. Even after that, however, don’t expect a mind-blowing kick; the effects of decarbed stems will still be extremely mild.
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Try These Ways To Consume Weed Stems Instead – They’ll Work
Even though chewing marijuana stems will not result in any psychoactive effects, there are other uses for your stems. Stems do contain minute amounts of THC, so if you save enough of them (several grams at least), you can use them to make stem tea, which is often regarded as the best use for your stems – just be sure to decarb your stems before consuming. You can also use your stems to make stem-infused alcohol, stem tinctures, stem-infused butter or stem hash.
Cannabis Stems Aren’t Useless… But Don’t Eat Them Raw
Now that you know you needn’t bother with eating weed stems to get high, you can start saving them for a nice batch of stem butter, stem tea, or any other stem-infused product you like. Share your stem-infused recipes with your friends and break the myth that chewing on stems can give you any type of buzz. If you find yourself itching to smoke or eat your stems, it’s simply time for some new bud!
Chewing on weed stems may seem like a good idea for getting high quickly. But don’t rush and read on to learn whether chewing on weed stems is really worth it.