What To Do With Leftover Marijuana Stems

When you get a bag of weed, you’ll most likely pull apart the dense, flowery buds, grind them into a joint or bowl, and leave the leftovers. Many people throw away their leftover marijuana stems thinking they’re useless, but this is far from the truth. On the contrary, there are many fun things you can do with leftover marijuana stems.

You shouldn’t try to smoke marijuana stems – they’ll make your joints and bowls unpleasant. However, you can still find other ways to utilize the THC inside them. Whether you want to make cannabis edibles, THC-infused drinks, or marijuana extracts, here’s what to do with leftover marijuana stems.

Brew Tea With Marijuana Stems

One of the most popular ways to avoid wasting leftover marijuana stems is to brew them into marijuana tea. You’ll end up with a powerful psychoactive beverage that’s both easy to make and refreshing to drink. Start by collecting your marijuana stems until you have half a cup of leftover stems.

Add half a cup of milk (or coconut milk for extra flavor), a teabag, and 3 cups of water to a pot. Let the water boil and mix these ingredients before adding half a cup of your leftover marijuana stems. Stir the mixture for around 10 minutes. In the process, your tea will be infused with the THC from your stems.

After 10 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and strain the mixture into a cup using a strainer or cheesecloth. This will separate the tea from the leftover stems. You’ll be left with a refreshing cup of marijuana tea. You might want to add extra flavorings such as honey and lemon. You can then drink it and wait around 30 to 60 minutes for the effects to kick in.

Create Cannabutter With Marijuana Stems

Another great way to get the most out of your leftover marijuana stems is to infuse them into cannabis butter. Also known as cannabutter, this is one of the best THC-infused condiments you can make, especially as it can be used to create all kinds of baked goods from cannabis cakes to cannabis cookies.

You’ll need to decarboxylate your stems first. Preheat your oven to 220°F, line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread out your stems across the tray. Place the tray in the oven and leave it for around 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, turn the heat off and give your tray another 30 to 60 minutes to cool completely.

After the tray has cooled, grind your stems and add them to a saucepan of melted butter on low heat. It’s best to use at least 3 grams of stems for potent cannabis butter. Let the mixture simmer for around 30 to 40 minutes, but use a thermometer to ensure the temperature never exceeds 190°F. You can then strain your infused cannabis butter into a container using a cheesecloth and place it in the fridge to harden.

Create Cannabutter With Marijuana Stems

Infuse Marijuana Stems Into Alcohol

You can even make cannabis-infused with your leftover marijuana stems. Combining your leftover stems with high-proof alcohol such as Everclear will infuse the alcohol with THC. Cannabis-infused alcohol can be mixed into cocktails or even used as a handy cannabis tincture.

Place your stems and your bottle of high-proof alcohol in the freezer for 12 hours. After 12 hours, pour the alcohol along with the stems into a Mason jar, seal it, and shake vigorously. This will infuse your alcohol with the THC from the stems and you should be left with a green-tinted liquid.

Pour the liquid through a sieve into a bowl to separate it from the leftover stems. You’ll then be left with a bowl of THC-infused alcohol. You might want to leave it to let the excess alcohol evaporate before pouring it into a jar or bottle and placing it in a cool, dry place.

Make Kief With Marijuana Stems

You can also collect kief from your leftover weed stems. Kief or dry sift is a cannabis concentrate made by the dried trichome particles that fall from your weed. Kief can easily be mixed with weed in a joint or bowl to provide strong effects. It can also be used to make potent cannabis extracts such as hash.

Collect your leftover marijuana stems in a resealable plastic bag, breaking them down into small pieces. Place the sealed bag in the freezer and continue to add new batches of leftover stems, shaking the bag thoroughly each time.

When left at freezing temperatures, the dried trichomes will separate from your stems. As such, after collecting your broken down stems in the freezer for a while, you’ll be left with a nice batch of kief. You can then sift the kief into another container and use it however you please.

Extract Hash From Marijuana Stems

You might even want to use your leftover stems to make hash. Hash, also known as hashish, is a brick-like cannabis extract known for delivering potent effects. It can be primed and crumbled into a joint or bowl, or even used to create cannabis butter or other cannabis condiments.

There are a few ways to make hash from your leftover stems. You can rub the stems between your fingers, collect the resin from your fingers, and compress it into a quick and easy block of finger hash. However, it’s best to collect kief from your stems using the method above before turning it into hash.

You can compress your kief into a small puck of hash using a pollen press. Alternatively, wrap a package of kief between parchment paper, fill a Mason jar with boiling water while wearing gloves, and roll the hot Mason jar over the package of kief back and forth for around 10 minutes. Place the package in the freezer for an hour and, upon unwrapping it, you’ll find a solid square block of hash.

Extract Hash From Marijuana Stems


If you have leftover marijuana stems, don’t throw them away. Carry on collecting your stems every time you buy marijuana and, soon enough, you’ll have enough stems to brew into marijuana tea, make cannabis butter, craft cannabis-infused alcohol, or even extract kief or hash.

Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to buy high quantities of high-quality marijuana. You can find various strains of cannabis along with cannabis products such as concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and more online at West Coast Cannabis.

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