These are crazy times, so it’s not that weird that you’re taking a look at your bowl of marijuana stalks and contemplating smoking them.
As nice as it is to decrease waste and be resourceful, smoking stalks isn’t the way to go.
For starters, they do not contain much THC
If stems are all you have left, then you have already smoked the good stuff.
What small may be in there does not even come close to being sufficient to produce a high.
Smoking them can also lead to some uncomfortable side effects
The negligible amount of THC in stems is not 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 individuals on Reddit and other forums who admit to having smoked weed stems also reported embarrassing gastrointestinal symptoms, like nausea and abdominal pain.
What about the seeds?
Nope. You should not 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 from the seeds to produce any effects.
Lighting them up will create a great deal of snap, crackle, and pop. The acrid smoke will irritate your throat and damage your lungs like other smoke. But that’s about it.
You don’t necessarily need to throw them out, though
Stems and seeds are not worth smoking, but it doesn’t mean they are 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 a wealth of stems and seeds to play ? Consider eating it.
Here are a few ways to make it yummy.
Before getting your brew on, you’ll want to bake the stems on a baking sheet in the oven for about 45 minutes at 225°F (107°C). When done, let the stalks 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 do not 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 does not like butter?
Much like when making tea from weed stems, you will want to bake your stalks in the oven at 225°F (107°C) for 45 minutes and let them cool before grinding.
Put 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 breed it, cheesecloth works best. Only 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!
The bottom line
Smoking weed stems and seeds won’t do much other than give you a wicked headache. Additionally, it is pretty harsh in your lungs. Having said that, they are not a total waste, either. You can use them if you get a little creative.