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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
  • coughing

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.

Crackling when burning?

  • Nov 16, 2006
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  • 420AM&PM
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    I got some buds today, it looks and smells like killer buds, crystal covered with orange hairs . Everytime i go to smoke and i start burning the weed it crackles . actually taste good ..i dont know it almost taste sweet. very up there kinda high.

    I did a search but couldnt find anything . I just dont understand why, me and a buddy got this same shit before from the same guy, . and we smoked a joint and it did the same thing.

    • Nov 16, 2006
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  • AlexTheStoner
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  • SlimDog53185
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    “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is enternal life.” -Romans 6:23

    R.I.P. Josh Williams. Thanks for the grow advice. I’ll be using that forever.

    • Nov 16, 2006
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  • Earth Child
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    Seeds pop a lot. Poor man fireworks ; ). Can’t afford real ones? Leave the seends in your joint!

    Won’t forget you Ranger. Keep on truckin’, brother.

    “If the door of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to a man as it is, infinite.”
    -William Blake

    “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds. ”
    -Bob Marley

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  • Lord Jebus
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    420AM&PM
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  • RooRman
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    Usually this means the plants were not flushed well enough prior to harvest to remove all of the nutrients left in them. However, this usually goes hand and hand with a horrible taste, so if it still tastes fine, chances are its because it was dryed/cured in a rush and the remaining chlorophyll has not broken down completely causing it to spark and crackle when lit.

    Seeds sometimes explode because cannabis seeds contain a small pocket of water inside them vital to the sprout inside. If you have the seed surrounded by fire, the water inside will begin to heat and pressure will build inside the seed’s casing. and before you know it. that pressure has no where to go and. POP! The seed “explodes”.

    I got some buds today, it looks and smells like killer buds, crystal covered with orange hairs … Everytime i go to smoke and i start burning the weed it…