Stop throwing away your stems and start brewing ‘em instead! Here’s how to make some delectable THC-infused tea. Don't throw out those marijuana stems just yet! There's plenty to make batches of delicious homemade weed tea. Here's how to make cannabis tea on your own. Used to just tossing your cannabis sticks and stems? Save them, as you can make relaxing weed stem tea with this recipe.
How To Make Weed Tea With Stems And Seeds
Stop throwing away your stems and start brewing ‘em instead! Here’s how to make some delectable THC-infused tea.
Much like the Great Buffalo, it’s possible to use every part of the marijuana plant — including those useless, useless stems that are always clogging your grinder and ruining your spliffs.
Luckily, those same no-good stems can be transformed into the most universally-beloved and cozy beverage: tea. And is there anything better than a cup of tea?
Doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, winter or summer, the process of pouring water over leaves to make a cozy beverage is nigh universal. So, stop throwing out those stems and start brewing ‘em instead! Here’s how.
What Do You Need?
– Stems, ground or broken by hand (~ ¼ — ½ cup)
– Water (duh) (~3 cups)
– Any flavorings (i.e. another tea you enjoy)
– Filter (coffee filters work fine, but maybe you’re fancy and have tons of cheese cloths on hand. Maybe you’re super fancy and only have paper towels. Any will work.)
– Binding agent (~2-3 tablespoons of your fave alcohol, or ½ cup of whole fat milk/creamer/coconut milk, or ½ tablespoon of butter/oil)
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So, real quick: Why do you need a binding agent? Do you need one? Cannabinoids readily bind with fat molecules, which is why edibles are usually made with weed infused oil or butter. There seems to be conflicting views on the necessity of a binding agent in tea: some say alcohol is the best; others warn adding milk will decrease the potency. We say give both a shot and let us know, because we are nothing if not high-caliber investigative journalists.
Put the water, non-marijuana tea bags, and non-alcohol binding agent into a pot. (If you elect to use alcohol, adding it too early will cause it to simply boil off immediately). Bring everything to a boil, then add your stems. Boil your stem mixture, stirring frequently. After about ten minutes, remove the pot from the heat. If you chose to use alcohol, now’s the time to add it to the pot.
Once your elixir is complete, it’s time to strain (this is where that coffee filter/cheese cloth/paper towel comes in hand). Be careful not to scald yourself! If using a kettle, rubber banding the filter around the spout is a good way to keep your skin unburned.
Aaaaaand congrats! You just made weed tea! Add sugar or honey or a little cinnamon or whatever you want — you homemaking, gender-neutral ganja-lord! Your stomach and mindspace will thank you. Enjoy 🙂
How to Make Cannabis Tea From Leftover Stems
If you suffer from severe and chronic pain, nausea, or even asthma, we might have found the perfect remedy for what ails you: cannabis tea. It is easy to make (don’t throw those stems away!) and just what you need after a long day at work. Follow our step by step directions below for both hot and cold tea.
Never let good weed go to waste. Or stems for that matter! Leftover marijuana stems are perfect for brewing delicious pots of cannabis tea.
If you’ve never made weed tea before, no worries. Not only can you make it yourself, but you can use it to treat severe and chronic pain, nausea, and even asthma.
Ready to drink up and not toke up? Follow along as we show you how to make cannabis tea from scratch.
Traditional cannabis tea with honey
1. Grab Your Ingredients
Your first step is to gather all the ingredients you’ll need. To make traditional weed tea, you’ll need the following:
- Anywhere from a quarter to a half-cup of leftover marijuana stems
- 3 cups of water
- Any tea bag of your choice (for flavour)
- Coffee filters
- At least 2 to 3 teaspoons of your favourite alcohol
If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can use either a 1/2 cup of milk or a half teaspoon of butter. You can also go vegan by using soy, coconut, or almond milk and replacing the butter with coconut oil.
Cannabis isn’t water soluble, so a fat is needed to separate THC from the cannabis plant itself
2. Prepare Your Leftover Stems
When learning how to make cannabis tea, one of the first questions people ask is whether or not to grind up the stems. This is up for debate.
While some people believe grinding increases potency, others have found little difference in terms of strength for this recipe. You can also choose to break up your stems instead of grinding them down.
For this recipe, we’re going to skip the grinder altogether and head straight for the teapot.
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3. Fill the Kettle
Once you have gathered up your stems, add your three cups of water to the tea kettle. Saucepans also work well when learning how to make cannabis tea from scratch.
After adding your water, proceed to add either your alcohol, milk, butter, or a recommended substitute. These “binders” also improve the overall potency of the tea during the natural decarboxylation process.
To decarboxylate any cannabis, you simply need to heat it up (carefully follow our decarboxylation instructions though, otherwise you could ruin your entire stash).
If you choose to use alcohol as your binder, it’s recommended that you add it after your water comes to a boil. This way, your alcohol binder won’t evaporate away.
4. Infuse Your Cannabis Tea
Now that your water is boiling, it’s time to infuse your tea. Slowly add your leftover stems to the boiling water and stir continuously for 10 minutes.
While not mandatory, you can also put your stems in large tea bag before adding it to the water. This just makes the straining process easier.
Reusable tea bags are also great if you want to add any extra kief, plant trimmings, ground weed nugs, or stem grindings.
How You Can Make Weed Tea From Your Leftover Stems
If you are a cannabis aficionado, you know that sticks and stems are a natural product of enjoying flower.
Whether you are a cultivator or a consumer, you understand that cannabis is a plant and plants have stalks and stems upon which the delicate miracle flowers and their buds grow.
It’s common for people to just toss their stems in the garbage along with other cannabis waste. Some people toss their cannabis stems in the compost or throw them outside to see what happens.
The creative ones save their stems in a container until they have enough to make sticks and stems tea.
Weed Stem Tea – Strange Brew
Interestingly enough, cannabis has been used to make tea for centuries in many cultures around the world. Evidence of this dates back as far as 10,000 B.C. in places such as China, where it is called “cha”, and in India, where it is known as “bhang”. In Jamaica, Rastafarians have used marijuana medicinally for decades as well, citing its numerous health benefits, as well as its calming and soothing properties.
Whether you are interested in the health benefits, or you are simply seeking a way to relax at the end of a long week, brewing a cup of sticks and stems tea might just be one of the best decisions you’ll make all day. So, save up your stems. They are worth their weight in gold!
Step By Step Guide to Brewing Your Cannabis Stem Tea
Are you ready for your first brew of cannabis sticks and stems tea?
- Although that seems like a lot, keep in mind that the stems contain a much lower percentage of THC and CBD, so you need a bit more to produce an effect.
- If you have a coffee or spice grinder, use it to grind up the plant matter. Once ground, fill a tea ball or bag with the ground up stems.
- While you are doing that, boil about two cups of water on the stove.
- Once the water is boiling, add a few tablespoons of butter (could be dairy or a vegan alternative, depending upon your needs), and bring down to a simmer.
- Add the tea ball or bag. In addition to the stems, I like to also add in some chai tea for a delicious and spicy flavor.
- Put a lid on the pot, and simmer for about an hour. You may need to add more water; just keep an eye on it.
- After an hour, remove the lid and add a cup of milk, or milk substitute. Return to a boil for 5-10 minutes, continually stirring so that the milk doesn’t burn.
- Turn the stove off.
- Add honey, sugar, or your sweetener of choice. Pour into a mug and top with a dash of cinnamon.
Sip away and, in about 30-90 minutes, you will feel the calming results.
Relax and Enjoy Your Marijuana Stem Tea
This recipe produces a delicious stick and stem tea, that’s a bit different than traditional “weed tea” with effects that will last for a few hours. You might notice a “body high” effect rather than a “heady” or “spacey” high, which means that you will relax, frenetic energy will dissipate, and you will feel calm and more in touch with your surroundings.
Sometimes, in this highly charged and quick-step culture in which we live, the best and most important thing you can do for yourself is take time to pause and renew your energies. A delicious cup of sticks and stems tea could be the perfect compliment to an otherwise hectic way of life.