Make your own holiday cards and gift tags with hemp paper. To make it, soak ground cannabis stems and paper scraps in water overnight. After soaking, add the paper/stem soak to a blender and blend thoroughly (adding water as needed). Next, pour the pulp evenly onto a screen, or “deckle” (make your own by stretching a pair of nylon stockings over a wooden frame), then allow it to dry. Depending on the thickness of the paper and moisture of the room, this should take about 24 hours. For best results, remove the hemp paper from the deckle before it is completely dry.
Make your own basket out of old marijuana stems. To keep them from breaking while you’re weaving, soak a number of long stems in water overnight. The next morning, tie a few stems together in the center using hemp rope then use the remaining stems to weave between the base stems. Continue until the desired diameter is reached then add more stems to “stake up” the basket, or form its sides. This wicker basket tutorial can help explain the process.
Tea is a popular choice for a quick use of stems. It can be made with water (for flavor only) or a high-fat liquid like coconut oil or half-and-half (which will absorb the cannabinoids so you can get high). To make stem tea, decarboxylate your stems then grind them and wrap in a coffee filter/DIY tea bag. Simmer on low heat for a minimum of seven minutes then mix with your favorite tea or hot cocoa.
Make a Hemp Wick
For those who want to avoid butane fumes when smoking off of a pipe, hemp wicks can be an excellent solution. To make your own hemp wick, strip long stems or left-over stalks using a sharp blade until you gather multiple long, stringy fibers. Twist the fibers together tightly to form a rope then fold the rope over and twist again. Dip the twisted fiber in beeswax, wipe of excess then allow it to dry.
Bubble hash is a solvent-less hash that is made by washing the resin off of marijuana plants with ice cold water. The resin is filtered through special bags resulting in a pure, potent hash that can be smoked, vaporized or otherwise consumed. Bubble hash can be made using buds, shake or (you guessed it) stems.
If you’ve got left-over stalks from a recent harvest, turn them into one-of-a-kind stem pens that are sure to be the envy of all your stoner classmates. To make a stem pen, you’ll need a drill press, a few fatty stalks, sand paper and basic pen kit which can be found online or at a local craft store.
I f there’s one thing every stoner seems to have, it’s a stock-pile of stems left over from buds gone by. Rather than waste any part of the plant, many of us hang onto them in hopes of finding the perfect use for left-over marijuana stems.
If you’ve read all of the above information and are still tempted to try it out, know that stems contain virtually no THC. It would need to be decarboxylated first which will turn THCA into THC. Weed stems have no visible levels of THC and will not give you the psychoactive high that you are looking for. When combined with the side effects above, it is clear to see why this would is not desirable for anyone.
If you’ve ever been curious or in a situation where you were running low on cannabis and unable to get more, you have most likely thought to yourself, can I smoke these weed stems?
Make Cannabutter With Stems
Whether you’re a candle-lover or someone who prefers to use hemp wicks as a way to light your bud so that you don’t have to deal with the negative effects of butane, you can make candle wick out of your stems as well.
You can easily take the above ideas to make a hash oil that can be used for vaping or for taking directly for different benefits. With these kinds of products, you generally have to first heat the plant matter and then add it to your choice of oil. Once it is combined, you will let it heat and mix for a couple of hours. You can then filter out all of the plant material. Then you have an oil that can be further mixed or used directly!
Most people will settle for smoking and drinking but if you feel a bit adventurous, you can add a little something extra to your liquor. As with making cannabis butter, you typically have to heat up your plant matter, add it to the alcohol and let it settle for a bit so that it properly mixed together. It is a good idea to find a recipe that speaks to you before you begin as the wrong mixture can result in wasted alcohol. It’s possible you may find that your chosen mixture doesn’t taste as great as you initially thought.