Don’t Forget About The Stems


Almost every stoner has saved up all of their stems in a glass jar on some shelf in their house at least at one time in their lives. Some of us haven’t known exactly how to use them but still, we diligently place each one into that jar every time a stem is left over. So, stems aren’t that great for making butter and when smoked (ground up or not) they tend leave you with a nagging headache. Even with these truths, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t save and use our stems.

Check out our favorite ways of getting every last drop out of our cannabis.


Alcohol Extraction

Making an alcohol tincture is an easy and low maintenance way to use stems. Simply fill a 6 ounce (or larger) jar with stems and fill with alcohol. Some say to fill it all the way, with most herbal tinctures I only fill my jar halfway. The only difference is the intensity, but since alcohol is an abrasive solvent even half of a jar filled with stems should create a pretty good end product.

So, once we’ve decided how much to fill the stems just fill the jar with alcohol until it is just below the brim. It really is so simple, just pour the alcohol/Everclear over the stems and seal the jar tightly. Using an opaque jar works best but if that isn’t available just keep the jar in a dark, cool environment. Shake the tincture once a day for two weeks and as long as a month. Once finished, strain out the stems and keep the jar sealed and store in a cool, dark place. Again, opaque jars work best.

The end product can be used just like any other tincture. Take 1/4-1/2 tsp to figure out the exact dose of your tincture, the age of the stems and length of time that they’re steeped can change the intensity of the effects. The liquid can be added to food and baked, but remember that when adding liquid to a recipe other liquid in the recipe needs to be removed if you want the same baking effects. Baking with the alcohol tincture should work much like vanilla extract.


Hot Tea

While I specialize in cannabis knowledge, one of my favorite things to do is to create tea blends from other dry herbs. Adding cannabis stems to the tea ball can be a great way to help promote a relaxing, heavy night’s sleep. About one teaspoon of stems will do the job, but feel free to go bigger when feeling extra stoked. Do remember while brewing the cannabis it will need a fat to bind to our receptors, so add a splash of milk to the cup as well.


Check out our recipe for stem tea: 

1 Tsp dried chamomile flowers

½ Tsp dried kava kava root

¼ Tsp dried lavender flowers

1 Tsp stems


Place the ingredients into a tea ball and into a big mug. Pour boiling water over the mug and let the tea steep for 10-30 minutes. The longer it steeps the more the cannabis flavor will permeate the blend. Be careful, tea will be hot.


Thinking of trying this tea blend yourself? Let us know how it goes.

July 25, 2017

by Cara Wietstock

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Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.


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