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What is Marijuana Shake?

Have you ever bought weed and wondered why half of it was, essentially, scraps and dust? Or, better case scenario, you smoked most of your good buds, and you’re left with scraps at the bottom of the bag? While it might not be your ideal set of buds to pack your bowl, it’s not like it won’t get you ripped.

The proper term for your less-than-perfect scraps is shake. It is, at its core, the leftovers from your bud. But it can also be so much more.

So what is marijuana shake, exactly?

Let’s take a look into the less-than-glamorous remains of weed, and how exactly you can best utilize it.

What Is Marijuana Shake Used For?

So what is marijuana shake used for, exactly? Well, the same thing any type of pot is used for—smoking!

When it comes to marijuana shake, there’s really not much one has to know. Basically, when you’re storing a large amount of cannabis, it’s not going to stay perfect forever. Some bits of leaves, stems, or segments of the plant get lost in the mix. This, clearly, isn’t the best of your buds but the good news is, it’s actually quite usable. In fact, you might be smoking shake regularly without even knowing it.

Back in the day, your friendly neighborhood weed dealer might give you the deal of the century on some shake that he could not get rid of otherwise. Maybe a half an ounce of shake for 25 bucks.

Now, however, in the legal landscape of the cannabis industry, shake is being sold to you, often without you realizing it.

A lot of the pre-rolled joints at dispensaries are shake. Like any place of business, dispensaries want to sell as much of their product as possible—even the stuff that some might deem unsalvageable.

However, shake actually isn’t as bad as some people think. At its core, it’s essentially the same as bud you put through a grinder.

While some shake might be sold under the guise of a freshly rolled J, this isn’t always the case in dispensaries. In fact, many dispensaries sell a lot of their shake at a discount. So if you’re someone who rolls a lot of joints, blunts or spliffs, you may want to consider buying shake, as opposed to shelling out top dollar for buds you’re going to have to go through the trouble of breaking up, anyway.

The Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Shake

After reading the above and knowing the answer to the question “what is marijuana shake”, you’ve probably come to a crossroads—is marijuana shake a good thing, or a bad thing?

The short answer is both.

One of the pros of shake, is, again, it’s cheaper than nugs. If you’re going to be using it for rolling a bunch of joints, or even making edibles, where the consistency of the bud doesn’t really matter for extraction purposes, you might as well get the best bang for your buck.

There’s also an off chance that some of your shake is extra potent. If it’s sitting at the bottom of a vacuum-sealed bag for some time, it could accumulate some kief on top, making it stronger than regular weed. But if it hasn’t been in storage long enough to make that happen, then it’s less than likely that your shake is as strong as a regular nug.

However, there are a few risks when buying shake.

Some shake might come complete with trimmings—something you most definitely do not want. One of the most aggravating parts about smoking is removing the stems and seeds, yet you may find yourself with a surplus of them if your shake contains plant trimmings.

Secondly, it’s hard to identify shake. It could be a mixture of leftovers from different strains, so there’s no real telling what you’re going to get. So if you’re using the herb for medicinal purposes, or you just prefer a certain strain, getting pre-rolled joints or buying shake, in general, may not be your best bet.

And an obvious flaw, of course, is that shake tends to be dried out. If you do purchase marijuana shake, you’re either going to want to use it quickly, or store it in a jar before its condition worsens.

Alternative Uses for Marijuana Shake

Of course, there are other ways to maximize the potency of marijuana shake. If you don’t want to smoke leftover shake because you don’t think it will get you high or you consider yourself “weed snob,” and prefer to smoke fresh buds, you can always utilize it for non-smoking methods of ingesting THC.

If you’re of the holistic sort, you can opt to put some marijuana shake in your tea. This method won’t get you high, but if you were already under the pretense that shake wouldn’t get you high enough anyway, there’s no harm in putting it in your hot beverage. This method allows you to unlock some of the potent, non-psychoactive effects of CBD.

Another great way to utilize shake—again, without actually getting stoned—is using it to make CBD-derived skin topicals. This method is a bit more time consuming, but it’s well worth the wait, especially with a “burning” passion for natural self care methods.

For skin topicals, decarb your weed into a fine powder. The extracted plant material is already rich in essential oils, but combining it with other all natural oils like lavender, lemon, and rosemary can be incredibly effective in improving the condition of your skin. Once you mix the oils with the extracted cannabinoids, cooke them, and then let the concoction sit for a few hours, feel free to apply it to any blemishes, dry skin patches, or scars. Regular application of this simple topical can improve the condition of your skin slowly, but surely.

On the other hand, you might be somebody who likes to get the best bang for their buck out of their weed, and that’s ok, too. Maximizing the THC in your shake is certainly one way to do just that.

Using the remnants of your marijuana shake to make edibles is perhaps the best way to do just that. This way, you’re extracting all of the remaining THC from your flower and maximizing its potency in a highly-condensed form. We’d suggest making cannabutter out of your shake, as it’s a simple and relatively fast process that will certainly get you stoned…to say the absolute least.

Refer to our instant pot cannabutter recipe if you really want to maximize your remaining marijuana shake.

Vaporizing your marijuana shake is another way you can get the most out of your cannabis flower. While smoking it in a bowl, bong, or joint might not be the most enjoyable form of consumption, at least taste-wise, vaporizing the shake will better maximize the remaining THC while tasting the same as, well, any other time you vaped your weed.

Regardless, whatever method(s) you choose, at least you can go to sleep at night knowing that you utilized, quite literally, all of your weed. And that, friends, is all that really matters.

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What is Shake Weed and Can It Get You High?

Shake weed or marijuana shake is not a foamy drink made from weed and ice. The most accurate description of shake weed is leftovers. It’s the small pieces and bits of marijuana leaves broken off from larger buds that remain at the bottom of the packet or the bottle.

Not all shake weed is fit for consumption. Like with leftovers, it can sometimes be delicious or disgusting, the key is finding the right portions in the shake that can provide clean and cool smoke. In most cases consuming shake weed is a straight forward and simple process because many stoners will simply smoke it like regular marijuana.

Read further to know what is shake weed? Can it get you high? And is it similar to regular weed?

What Is Shake Weed?

When it comes to shake weed, there are a lot of opinions among users. Regardless, shake weed is a part of the weed bud and contains THC. Depending on the quality of the weed from which the shake weed is derived it can be mild to very potent.

If you purchase a “Shake” from a shop, it’s most likely that the weed shake is a combination of a variety of strains, which can get you high, sometimes really really high. However, in most cases, the shake weed bought from a shop or a dealer is not the good stuff. The sellers know their product and will not sell shake weed of premium strains for cheap.

Our online weed dispensary in Canada doesn’t carry shake but we do carry some excellent strains and edibles, you can check them out by visiting our website.

The amount of shake production varies across strains. A strain of weed with tightly packed and firm buds will result from little to no shake; while a leafy and light budded cannabis is more likely to produce a large amount of shake.

Is Marijuana Shake The Right Cannabis?

While the shake weed is good if you are looking to get high on a budget, it might not be ideal if you want to derive medicinal properties from the weed. As the shake does not guarantee any particular strain, the medicinal properties that one might want from the weed are not possible. If you are looking for a healing smoke consistently, the weed bud would be your best bet.

However, with the shake weed, you have the opportunity to try a wide variety of strains with an array of sensation, taste, and aroma. The shake weed is quite an experience that you must try.

Can You Smoke Shake Weed

The shake weed is your normal marijuana and can be used as such. Smoked, baked, or consumed in any fashion. However, we prefer to roll the shake weed in a joint with other smoking apparatus. The shake weed burns evenly, slowly, and consistently providing the perfect smoking experience.

If you love edibles made from weed, the shake can be used there as well. You can make cookies, marijuana butter, pie, cake, and just about anything you would make from the weed bud using the shake.

Is Shake Same As Trim?

Weed trim is another terminology common in the marijuana industry. So, what does it mean and how is it different from weed shake and the ultimate question – can it get you high?

Shake is the unintentional discarding of the weed bud; whereas, the trim is intentional. Trim is cut away from the bud before curing. It is stick and leaves rejected by the picker and does not have much THC. For smoking, the weed trim is not recommended. It can be used in edibles; however, due to the low potency, experienced or regular users will not obtain any or noticeable high from the weed trim. However, if you happen to obtain it for free or very cheap, there is no harm in using the trim.

THC Percentage Of Shake

We have gone through that shake is potent, but is it as potent as the strain from which it is derived. In our experience, we analyzed a bunch of strains and concluded that the THC percentage in the shake weed is less than the normal weed, but not significantly less. A strain with 20% THC will have around 18% THC in the shake weed.

Various Ways You Can Use Your Shake Weed

We know that the shake weed contains THC in appropriate amounts to get you high so why not take advantage of it and smoke your shake weed to get high. In many cases using shake weed to get you high can be just as effective as smoking a fresh nug by itself, to do this all you would need to do is smoke it as if it were regular bud.

In the case that you would like to experiment with your shake weed and try out some new and interesting ways of smoking you can continue on to read about how our team at our online marijuana dispensary would make use of our shake weed.

Vaping With Shake Weed

While we suggested smoking the shake, in some cases that might not be possible when the shake is too fine or has a large quality of twigs and seed. Vaping, on the other hand, is a much better alternative. Simply toss the shake in the grinder and pulverize it. Vaping will smooth any stems in the shake providing a consistent experience. It would be sufficient for a few bowls depending on the amount of shake you have. However, a word of caution, do not expect the shake to taste great or like your regular weed.

Your weed shake may also be slightly more dry when compared to some of the nugs of the same strain of bud but this is completely normal and ok because the shake weed is smaller and dries quicker.

Infused Marijuna Booze

If you want to make the shake more potent, try making infused booze. Get some high-octane liquor, we are talking 100 or more proof. Once you have the liquor, grind, rinse, and decarboxylate the shake. Take a glass jar with a screw top and fill it with the shake weed and liquor. Keep the jar in a cool and dark area, shake the mix regularly for two weeks and your infused booze is ready. The mix will be potent; however, awful tasting.

Marijuana booze is a option on what you can do with your shake weed but it is often a less popular option, if you choose not to make some of your own marijuana booze you can always purchase some weed edibles from our online dispensary instead.

Herbal Tea Made With Shake

Making herbal tea from the shake is super easy, once you have the decarboxylated shake ready, mix it in a cup of water in ¼ proportion and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Stir it regularly while it’s simmering. Take it off the stove, add sugar, honey, or some tea, strain it and your herbal tea is ready.

The recipe that we have outlined is a very quick and barebones recipe but you can be sure that we will be adding a marijuana herbal tea recipe soon enough to our blog.

Bake With Your Shake Weed

Although the shake can sometimes be too messy to smoke or vape, it is just as potent as the nugs that it came from, this makes the shake perfect for baked goodies. You can infuse the weed shake in butter and oil and toss it with just about anything you cook. However, don’t simply put the shake in recipes, remember to decarboxylate it first or it won’t release the THC leaving you with a bitter taste and no high. Frying it in oil for 10 minutes would help release all the THC.

You can go ahead and try some of our edible brownie recipes or learn more about all the different edible cooking combinations you can enjoy by visiting our marijuana blog.

Make Shake Weed into a Salve

We know about the medical properties of cannabis in treating ailments such as depression, chronic pain, insomnia, inflammation, and others; however, did you know the cosmetic benefits of weed. The shake weed can be made into a rich essential oil that can improve the health of your skin. It can even help treat certain skin conditions such as wounds, dry skin patches, and dermatological concerns. Give marijuana salve a try by making some the next time you stumble upon some of the shake weed that is laying around in the bottom of your bag.

Wrapping Up On Shake Weed and Its Benefits

Most people think of the shake weed to be substandard; however, the quality of the shake is directly related to the weed from which it’s obtained. A shake from a premium strain will be highly potent while a substandard strain will produce inferior quality shake. So, the different quality of the shake depends on the strain or flower from which it’s obtained. The most potent shake is the one obtained from a variety of strains and crumb-like flower particles.

When buying the shake from a dispensary, it’s always a good idea to inquire about the strain and where it came from.

Unless you are looking to obtain a specific effect from the weed, the shake is as good as any weed. If the shake has only the leaves, it would be similar to the normal weed in its high. As we end this blog, we hope you know everything there is to know about the shake weed.

Our next blog will be a little different in terms of our regular blogs, this blog will instead go over a well known plant in Canada known as peyote. Many of our website users have visited our online marijuana dispensary and asked us if peyote is legal in Canada and what it does.

What is marijuana shake and can it be used to get you high? Many stoners often ask us what marijuana shake is, so in this blog we are going to provide some insight to this as well as ways you can use it to get high!