I know that it is tempting, but you really shouldn’t smoke up the remaining stems once you’ve used up your stash.
Instead, there are a ton of ways in which you can use and enjoy these pesky stems that won’t result in a headache and disappointment like smoking them would.
One of the best ways to do so, is to make cannabis stem tea.
Don’t worry, it’s not hard. And if you’ve ever made weed tea, you already have a pretty good idea of what you’re getting into. Plus, it’s an, and environmentally friendly way to get the most out of your weed.
Today, we will be looking at the best way to make weed stem tea, and along the way, also look at some of it’s benefits, effects, and uses.
So let’s get brewing.
What is Cannabis Stem Tea?
As the name tells us, cannabis stem tea is weed tea that is made exclusively from the leftover stems that cannot be used anywhere else.
As you’ll see in our recipe, you only need boiling water, patience, and weed stems to whip up a pot of cannabis stem tea.
Does Stem Tea get you high?
Yup, it does. But then, it also does not. Put simply, if you use stems from a high THC strain to steep your brew, you might just feel some psychoactive effects and trippy feelings. On the other hand, you might not, despite using a high THC strain. It depends on a number of different factors, such as
- Your body composition
- Your tolerance of THC
- The number of stems you use
- The quality of the cannabis plant you got the stems from
- Whether or not you use a binding agent
- And of course, the THC amount in the plant
Naturally, if you use a high CBD strain, you might not get high at all since CBD does not have psychedelic properties. In fact, there is a chance that you may not get that high, even if you use a high THC strain. This is simply because stems contain a LOT less cannabinoids than the rest of the plant.
So if you’ve been dating Mary Jane for some time now, you probably won’t feel anything. However, if this is your first or second time, then you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Similarly, if you forego the binding agent, and simply brew stems in boiling water, there is zero chance you’ll get high. The cannabinoids won’t be able to reach your brain at all. But don’t worry, we’ll talk about this in just a little bit.
Benefits of cannabis stem tea
Once again, the medicinal (and recreational) benefits you’ll enjoy from your stem tea depends on the type of marijuana strain you use.
But do keep in mind that this tea does tend to have a calming and sedative effect, regardless of whether you’ve used a THC or CBD strain.
Other benefits can also be expected, including relief from the following conditions
- Loss of appetite
How to make cannabis steeped tea?
- Stems from your favorite weed strain, 1 ounce per cup
- A binding agent
- A pot for boiling water
- A strainer and teapots/cups to strain the tea into
- Honey, sugar, or lemon to give your tea a unique taste(optional)
Yup, you still need to decarboxylate your weed stems, despite the fact that you’ll literally be boiling them in water. The fact is, while water boils at 100 degrees Celsius, normal decarboxylation requires approximately 115 degrees, and takes around 30 – 40 minutes for a full cannabinoid activation at that point as well.
So you see, if you want to get the most out of your weed, you might just want to take the extra half an hour and decarb a big batch in one go.
It’s easy really. All you need to do is preheat your oven to 115 degrees, and cook your stems for around half an hour, or until they turn golden brown. Then allow them to cool, and voila, your decarboxylated stems are ready to be steeped into tea.
Grinding doesn’t really make sense
While it is always a good idea to grind your weed before smoking or cooking it. In this case, you might just want to leave those suckers whole.
Why? Well, grinding the stems up makes things super messy, and it can be a real hassle straining all of the tiny stem pieces out of your tea. So if you really want to, just break the stems up into manageable pieces using your fingers, and you’re good to go.
Choose a binding agent
Surprise surprise. Cannabis is not water soluble. Put simply, this means that your cannabis stems will not dissolve in water. This is where the binding agents come in.
These are compounds that absorb cannabinoids and other chemicals, and transport them to various parts of your body. Without a binding agent, the THC or CBD in your cannabis cannot enter your bloodstream, and hence your brain, causing you to miss out on the beneficial effects.
Thankfully, binding agents are quite easy to come by. In fact, you might just have a couple in your kitchen cabinets.
Here are our recommended binding agents.
- Rum (1 tbsp per cup)
- Whole or coconut milk (2 ½ tbsp per cup)
- Butter or coconut oil (½ tbsp per cup)
- Measure your stems. As mentioned earlier, you need 1 ounce of stems per cup of water. In other terms, this is 1/8th of a cup of stems per cup of water. So if you’re making two cups of tea, you might just need ¼ cups of stems.
- Pour a cup of water, and your milk or oil-based binding agent into a pot, and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
- When the water reaches the boiling point, add in your stems.
- Boil everything together for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. We strongly recommend stirring the mixture gently for the entire 10 minutes. This ensures maximum exposure of the stems to the boiling water. Remove the pot from the burner after ten minutes.
- If you prefer an alcohol based binding agent instead, this would be the time to add it in. Personally, we prefer rum since it adds sweet, fruity notes to the otherwise bitter and grassy tea flavor.
- Strain and pour your tea into your favorite cup to enjoy. If you want an enhanced taste, you might just want to add sugar, honey, or syrup to your cup of tea.