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.
Is Smoking Weed Stems A Bad Idea?
Every cannabis enthusiast has often wondered if smoking weed stems is a bad idea or not.
This is a wonderful question because you don’t want to waste your stems.
If there are any extra parts, it is logical to think about smoking the rest of it. However, smoking the stem is indeed bad for you.
There are hardly any THC levels in the stems.
In fact, it’s virtually nonexistent. THC is the most important ingredient of marijuana. It’s the ingredient that makes you feel euphoric and high that you are craving for.
However, when you smoke the stems, you’ll get nothing but an excruciating headache and disgusting taste.
The health issues from the stem are basically the combustion and inhalation of the plant material that is very similar to the negative health issues of smoking the bud itself.
However, the bud has plenty of psychoactive components that can give you the euphoric high experience that the stem will not be able to.
In fact, smoking stem is like smoking sandpaper, and it’s pretty useless to do that.
Here are some reasons why:
Reasons why smoking marijuana stems is bad for you
1. Bad Headaches
If you are prone to migraines and headaches, then smoking the stem will aggravate that.
In fact, it can be detrimental for your cognitive function and concentration.
After all, people smoke marijuana for relaxation and creativity. Once you are relaxed, you will be able to think better after the THC material leaves your system.
Unfortunately, with the stem, the headaches linger for a long time.
2. Bad for your digestive system
When you smoke the marijuana stems, the aftertaste and the ingredient that enters your GI system can cause unfavorable side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
3. Bad for your lungs
You will have to smoke a lot of stems to even get a slight high.
If you put a lot of smoke in your respiratory system, it can cause your lungs to constrict. This is not a good assign for asthma patients.
In fact, it can aggravate COPD and asthma patients, and cause some breathing problems for other folks.
Don’t go throwing your weed stems away after reading the health hazard of smoking them. Keep in mind that there are various creative ways that you can use your stems.
Ways to use your weed stems
You can use the stems to brew with your tea. It can be used with water for flavor or you can use it to make high-fat content coconut oil.
If you want to make tea, you can de-carboxylate the stem and grind them up into little pieces and put them in the teabag.
Afterward, you can simmer down the water on low heat and mix it with your favorite tea or hot cocoa.
If you love smoking a pipe, but want to avoid the butane fume, you can try a hemp wick.
You can make your own hem wick by using the marijuana stem.
All you have to do is use a sharp knife and cut the stems into strip and twist them together.
Afterward, mix the twisted fiber with beeswax, and wipe the excess off to allow it to dry.
Create a stem pen
You can use leftover stems to create a stem pen to make your stoner colleagues jealous.
You will need a drill press, fatty stalks, sandpaper, and some basic pen kits which can be found online or in other local craft stores.
You can make your own holiday gift cards by creating a hemp paper.
All you have to do is ground the stems overnight, and then the soal them down thoroughly. Then pour the whole material into the screen.
This will give you an awesome paper texture that you can use as a holiday gift card.
You can save the stems and soak it in water overnight.
Then the next morning, tie them together and create a weave basket.
Making your own topicals
Marijuana topicals are becoming very popular and they provide a nice therapeutic effect.
You can make your own marijuana topicals with the weed stems.
If you mix the stems with your favorite vitamins and essential oil or other components like peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and pretty more.
Bubble hash is a solvent made from marijuana plants and ice water.
You can filter it through a special bag to get a powerful hash that you can smoke or consume.
The bubble hash can be made from plants, shape, or stems.
If you are craving for delicious barbeque kabobs, you can make one out of weed stems.
All you have to do is sharpen the ends and soak it in water.
Once it’s thoroughly soaked, you can use the cannabis skewers to make kebabs with your favorite vegetables and meat.
If you are a marijuana enthusiast, chances are you have a bunch of stems lying around from all the times that you have gotten stoned.
Luckily, you will not have to get rid of those stems.
In fact, you can utilize these creative ideas to use your stems.
It’s not a good idea to smoke marijuana stems because they don’t have the THC property, and they can result in nasty headaches, cough, and after-taste.
If anything, you should save up your stems for other uses to impress your friends and family.
Every cannabis enthusiast has often wondered if smoking weed stems is a bad idea or not. This is a wonderful question because you don’t want to waste your stems. However, smoking the stem is indeed bad for you.