Cannabis buds are harvested for THC, but what about leftover cannabis trimmings? Don't waste it—check out these 11 things you can do with your trimmings! You grow weed for its buds, but… do you throw out everything else? In this article we tell you everything you can do with its leaves, stems and root So, you've used all of your available bud and there's nothing else to smoke. Well, check out what you can do with cannabis trim and leaves to extend your stash!
11 Ways You Can Utilize Leftover Cannabis Trimmings
The flowering buds of the cannabis plant have always been the star of the show due to their high concentration of cannabinoids like THC and CBD that create effects for consumers. But what many don’t know is that other parts of the plant—specifically the trim removed after harvesting—can be used for a variety of purposes.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through some ways to repurpose your seemingly useless cannabis trimmings to avoid being wasteful with this amazing plant.
What Exactly Is Cannabis Trim?
Cannabis trim is everything that’s removed from cannabis plants after they are harvested, including the sugar leaves, fan leaves, and bits of cannabis buds. After cannabis plants have fully grown, professional cultivators and home growers pick the plants and trim them with trimmers (trimming scissors). This is often done by hand, though larger commercial operations will sometimes use machines to complete the trimming process.
The purpose of trimming cannabis post-harvest is to create a more visually appealing and potent product by removing excess plant matter. Although trim is not nearly as potent as buds are, it does contain some trichomes that house cannabinoids. Trim should not be confused with shake, the loose buds and trichomes that fall off naturally in storage. Trim is generally not smoked due to its harshness and low cannabinoid content, whereas shake is sometimes smoked for a cheaper high.
What’s the Difference: Sugar Leaves vs. Fan Leaves
Fan leaves are the larger leaves protruding from the branches of the cannabis plant and contain virtually no psychoactive properties (cannabinoids). Sugar leaves, however, are typically heavily concentrated in cannabinoid-rich trichomes, making them much more useful overall than fan leaves. Sugar leaves are much smaller than fan leaves and grow directly from the buds rather than the branches. When repurposing your trimmings, these small leaves are ideally what you want to use.
Things You Can Do With Cannabis Trimmings
Now that you understand cannabis trimming, let’s take a closer look at some things you can do with your trim. As you will see in the list below, trim is highly versatile and can be repurposed into something useful for everyone.
Use Cannabis Trim for Concentrates and Extracts
One of the most common things cultivators typically use cannabis trimmings for is the production of cannabis concentrates and extracts. Through various methods, any existing cannabinoids in the trim can be extracted and turned into concentrates like shatter, wax, and kief. To prepare your cannabis trimmings for extraction, simply grind them the same way you would grind flower for a bowl or joint. Keep in mind that some concentrates require solvents.
Add Trimmings to Food
Cannabis trimmings can also be added to foods both within recipes and as garnishes. The first thing you’ll need to do is activate any cannabinoids in your trim through a heating process called decarboxylation. After decarboxylation has been completed, the trim can be added to any food for a mild buzz. Consider adding leaves to a salad or grinding the decarbed trim finely for brownie mix. Trim can also be made into butter, oil, or flour for more effective edibles, which is discussed further below.
Add Trimmings to Drinks
You can also add cannabis trimmings to beverages. If you’re looking to make a psychoactive drink, you will first need to decarb the trim to activate the cannabinoids. However, you may lose terpenes—aromatic compounds—and phytonutrients during decarboxylation, so decarbing the trim is not suggested if you’re interested in adding flavor rather than CBD or THC to a drink. Let’s explore some of the most common cannabis-infused beverages.
To make cannabis milk with your trimmings, finely grind them after decarbing. It is recommended to use a quarter-ounce of cannabis trimmings per 4 cups of whole milk. Simply place the ground cannabis and milk into a pan on low heat and allow it to simmer for about an hour to an hour and a half (ensure the liquid does not reach boiling point). Finally, separate the milk from the plant material by sifting it through a micron silkscreen or cheesecloth and allow the milk to cool before consuming.
Alcohol and cannabis tend to increase the effects of each other, so cannabis-infused vodka is an efficient way to get the most out of your trim. One of the most common forms of alcohol to be infused with cannabis is vodka. In fact, vodka has been utilized for many years to make cannabis tinctures like Green Dragon. To infuse vodka with cannabis trim, simply grind your cannabis after decarbing it and soak it in vodka for a prolonged period of time before removing the plant material.
If you’re interested in getting something other than a high out of your leftover cannabis, juicing is the way to go. Dietary cannabis specialist Dr. William L. Courtney has long advocated for juicing raw cannabis to obtain the benefits of THCA and other essential nutrients found in the plant. Just throw your cannabis trimmings into a countertop juicer to create your own raw cannabis juice. To boost the flavor and nutrition, you can add fruits and vegetables to the juice as well.
Cannabis-infused coffee can be made at home with ease. First, grind your trim—the recommended combination is a half-gram of cannabis and 3 cups of water. Throw the water in a pot with a small amount of coconut oil or butter and bring to a boil. Next, reduce the water to a low, simmering heat and add the cannabis. Leave the mixture on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally, before straining the mixture and using the infused water to prepare your coffee like normal.
Make Edibles: Cannabutter, Cannaoil, and Cannaflour
Many folks use cannabis flower to create cannabutter, cannabis oil, and cannaflour, and trim can be used for this purpose as well (though the final product will be less potent than if flower was used). These substances can then be used in place of normal oil, butter, or flour to create cannabis-infused treats or condiments such as cookies and salad dressing. Before diving into the recipes for each infused ingredient (linked above), make sure to decarb and grind your trimmings to activate the cannabinoid content.
Create a Topical Salve or Cream
The nutrients and cannabinoids in cannabis can also provide benefits when applied topically. To make a topical cream, lotion, or salve with your trim, you will first need to decarb and grind the plant material to activate the cannabinoids. Then, you will need to create a cannabis-infused oil (outlined here). Feel free to add other nourishing or fragrant ingredients to your mixture like vitamin E or essential oils.
At this point, you can either add the infused oil to a cream or lotion you already use or combine the oil with beeswax to create a thick topical called a salve. If you would prefer a thinner consistency, just add any kind of oil (coconut, olive, avocado, etc.) in small amounts until the mixture is how you’d like it. You can also play around with adding shea or cocoa butter to create a more lotion-like substance.
Create Herbal Cooking Spices
Cannabis trimmings can also be utilized as a cooking spice. Simply decarb the trim and then grind it to the consistency you desire. Your cannabis “spice” can be stored in a spice container and used just like any other spice—try using it on pizza, pasta, and salads for some extra flavor, nutrients, and possibly a slight canna-buzz depending on the amount you use.
Use for Garden Compost
If you have a garden, consider composting your cannabis trimmings. Composting is a great way to reduce waste and enrich soil. Cannabis stems, stalks, and leaves low in cannabinoid content typically have high nitrogen and low carbon levels, making them a perfect product to add to compost. You can also make the trim into compost tea for feeding plants during cultivation.
Smoke Your Cannabis Trim
If nothing we’ve suggested so far has caught your eye, you can always simply smoke your leftover cannabis trimmings. That’s right—just like with the trimmed buds/flower, you can dry out the leaves and smoke them. You won’t receive the same cannabinoid content and flavor profiles—and smoking trim is known to be harsher on the lungs—but it’s still a better use of your trimmings than throwing them in the trash.
Cannabis trim might not be the most desirable part of the marijuana plant, but there are many things you can do to increase its usability. It’s important to remember that trim-based products will have much lower potency than flower-based products. That said, you can definitely swap in flower for any of the above uses to get that higher potency.
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This blog post was originally written by Chane Leigh and published on 1/3/20. Updated 1/13/22.
How to make use of the leftovers from your cannabis harvest
While the goal of cannabis cultivation is to produce beautiful-looking, resinous and potent buds that result in an enjoyable and effective smoking experience, there are many other parts of the plant that are often left unused and discarded, including stems, leaves and roots. While these components may not be the most desirable parts of the plant, instead of going straight into the trash they can be used in a variety of ways to ensure you get the most out of your grow.
Reusing cannabis leaves
One of the most (unfairly) undervalued parts when it comes to the pruning and trimming processes are the fan and sugar leaves. However, both types of leaves can be reused once the plant has been harvested.
- Sugar leaves: These are the small leaves that form around the bud of the plant, and are usually covered with resin, which is why they are called sugar leaves, as they have the appearance of being sprinkled with sugar. Due to the concentration of trichomes in sugar leaves, they are ideal for producing cannabis extracts such as bubble hash, dry sift, BHO or cannabis butter for use in various culinary recipes.
- Fan leaves: The larger leaves that protrude from the plant are named for their distinctive shape and serve as the main source of capturing the sun’s energy, tending to appear in greater quantity on sativa varieties. These leaves do not contain high levels of cannabinoids but are excellent for juicing and making teas and are of particular interest to people looking to produce creams and salves.
Sugar leaves surround the buds and have such a concentration of trichomes that they appear to be sugar-coated.
Cannabis leaf tea
Perhaps the most obvious use for cannabis leaves is to make a bookmark or use them as decoration, as their characteristic shape is a treat for the eyes. But if you decide to make tea with them instead, you’ll just need to follow a few simple steps:
- Heat some water in a pan, add the leaves and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add half a tablespoon of coconut oil or a splash of full-fat milk to the tea and add honey, lemon or mint, according to taste. The oil or fat will absorb the cannabinoids, making the tea stronger than it would be with just water.
- Strain with a sieve or fine gauze to remove plant debris.
Now you have a drink full of therapeutic properties. Although to a much lesser extent than the buds, cannabis leaves also contain cannabinoids and terpenes that we can take advantage of with this delicious custom-made cannabis tea.
Some people also use the leaves to dress salads and make cannabis juice, recipes that also allow us to enjoy all of the plant’s properties. However, the THC content of leaves is very low, so they would not cause a psychoactive effect. The leaves will, however, help to cleanse the body of toxins, while also producing an anti-ageing effect. It has even been shown that the antioxidant properties can protect brain cells, as raw cannabis possesses neuroprotective qualities.
Compost your cannabis leaves
If you’re not a fan of tea or detox juices, you can also add the leaves to your homemade compost and make use of the nutrients they contain in future grows, as well as reduce the use of chemical fertilisers. You can add both weed leaves and branches to your composter and thus turn what would have been waste into a rich source of life.
Home composting is by far the easiest way to get a purely organic harvest. The truth is that nature itself provides excellent soil for growing cannabis, but in most cases, it needs to be enriched, either because we are growing indoors or because the soil needs additional nutrients for optimal plant growth.
Compost is becoming increasingly popular, as it can greatly help plants to reach their full potential. This is why it is known by seasoned growers as ‘black gold’.
Cannabutter with sugar leaves
Now that you have made use of the large fan-shaped leaves, you can go for the sugar leaves. These leaves are rich in cannabinoids and are ideal for making delicious cannabis butter. Due to the fat-soluble nature of cannabinoids, meaning that they dissolve in oil, we can make the most of the plant’s properties by adding this butter to our recipes.
However, they must first be decarboxylated, i.e. heated to activate their cannabinoids and optimise their therapeutic and psychoactive properties. To do this you should chop the leaves or grind them in a blender and spread them out on a baking tray. Then bake in the oven at 100 ºC for 40 minutes.
Today we are going to delve into the cannabis decarboxylation process, by which cannabinoids lose their acid form and “activate” many of their properties. This is an essential process when preparing cannabis edibles, so they have the desired effect, and a basic step to make the best recipes.
Now you can make your own cannabis-based butter:
- Place 300 ml of water and 250 grams of melted butter in a pan and mix them together.
- Add the sugar leaves (ground up and decarbed) and cook gently on a low heat for 8 hours.
- During this time, add 50ml of water every hour, to avoid it drying out. Stir the mixture and ensure that it doesn’t boil too hard.
- Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth to leave a viscous, green-coloured liquid.
- Pour the liquid into one or more glass recipients, close them and place in the fridge. This will allow the butter to solidify which aids the removal of any excess water. The butter should now have the characteristic light green colour typical of this preparation.
When preparing recipes with it, you should keep in mind that, unlike other preparations mentioned in this list, butter made with sugar leaf contains enough THC to cause psychoactive effects. This makes it an ideal ingredient to prepare a really fun meal.
When using sugar leaves, choose those that are greener in colour and without symptoms of nutrient excess or deficiency
Reusing cannabis stalks and stems
Before you ask if you can smoke the stems, be aware that they contain very little THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the cannabis “high”. So smoking stems will bring you far more risks than benefits: you are more likely to cough excessively or experience a sore throat if you don’t remove the stems when you’re rolling a joint.
However, for centuries, the stalks of hemp plants, the low-THC variety of cannabis, have been used for their fibrous qualities, to make paper, rope, boat sails, uniforms and just about everything else you can imagine that is now made from synthetic fibres (curse you, nylon!). In fact, hemp has been one of the most important crops for the development of human civilisation in ancient times. And you too can use harvested cannabis stalks to make various materials.
Although it can be a bit laborious, cannabis stalks can be turned into paper and help to reduce tree felling. All you need is a mosquito net stapled to a wooden frame to give you a flat surface to strain the pulp from the stems and a blender.
If you want to make your own cannabis paper, follow these simple steps:
- Put a mixture of stems and paper in equal ratios (1:1) in the blender and add water so that you can stir the mixture easily, then blend well.
- Pour the blended mixture over the mosquito screen and allow the excess water to drain away to obtain the pulp.
- Move the screen frame gently to spread the pulp around evenly and obtain a square sheet of paper.
- Allow to drain for 24 hours then hang the resulting sheet of paper to dry.
Now you have a sheet of paper made with the stems from your harvest, enjoy it!
Textiles from stems
If you don’t need drawing paper and prefer to do your writing on the computer, you can also use the stems to make twine which can be used for many purposes. To turn the stems into fabric it is necessary to strip them of their outer fibres, a process called decortication. Rub the stems with your fingers to separate their fibres into individual strands, then twist the strands together and see what strong cordage they form.
A cannabis stalk showing the fibres
Also, for those who are aware of the negative health effects of using a lighter (inhalation of butane fumes), a hemp wick is a great alternative, and you can easily create your own using cannabis stems. To do this, peel the stems with scissors or a sharp blade until you get long, strong fibres. Then twist them around each other to form a rope, bending and twisting tightly. Once you’ve twisted until you can’t take it anymore, dip the string in some beeswax and let it dry. You already have your own hemp wick to light your joints or to make a candle with melted wax, for those romantic occasions where you can win over your partner. Or for when we have to light our way in a blackout, which could also happen.
Tea with stems & stalks
If handicrafts are not your thing and you prefer to go back to a simple tea, you’ll be happy to know that you can also make a tasty drink from the stalks. Just don’t forget to decarboxylate them. Heat the oven to 110 °C and bake the stems for 60 minutes. Now you can make delicious tea from them.
Put a pot of water to boil and add the chopped stalks. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil and let it simmer for 7-8 minutes. Then strain the stems. Now you have an exquisite tea with a strong flavour that you can use to garnish a unique recipe and really impress your guests.
Mulch for your garden
You can use a wood chipper to break up the stems and create mulch. You can then add this mulch to your compost pile or return it to your garden. Mulch should only be applied to crops growing in living soil to ensure that it breaks down over time and becomes food and new habitat for beneficial insects. Also, keep in mind that you never want to use plants that have had disease or infestation; they are likely to spread that disease through the mulch.
Everything grown in the soil can be returned to the ground to close the recycling cycle
Now, if you found the stems of this plant useful, just wait until you see how you can take advantage of its root system.
Reusing cannabis roots
While not as commonly reused as stems and leaves, cannabis roots also have a purpose post-harvest. In fact, cannabis roots have been used in medicine since 2,700 BC, particularly in Chinese culture. The roots were processed and used to treat pain, gonorrhoea and even haemorrhages during pregnancy. Other cultures have also used cannabis roots to treat various conditions, such as fevers, wounds, ulcers and abscesses, as well as sciatic and joint pain.
Cannabis roots to make topical creams for the skin
So if you’d like to make your own homemade preparation to treat any of these symptoms, you can use the leftover roots from your harvest to make a topical cream. To do so, you’ll need to chop up the dried roots and grind them into a homogeneous powder. Use this cannabis root powder to mix with liquid or fats to make homemade creams and oils, to get the most out of the therapeutic properties of cannabis roots through your skin.
Other concoctions with cannabis roots
In addition, they can also be used to make a tea that is packed with therapeutic properties, such as relief from joint pain and cramps, relief from gout and other similar pains. In addition to tea, a kind of homebrew can be made from the root. To do this, the powder is boiled along with something aromatic (cinnamon stick, aniseed, etc.) in an earthenware pot for 12 hours. After that, it is cooled, strained and drunk. What’s more, if it is boiled again to reduce it after this process, a dark-coloured substance is obtained that can be used to make a tincture.
It can be difficult to remove any soil stuck to the roots, so using roots from hydroponics may prove less work
And now for a less conventional use. Gunpowder!
The roots of cannabis can not only be consumed. Throughout history, different civilisations found other uses for this material which many see only as a waste product, but nothing could be further from the truth. The ancient Chinese, in addition to its medicinal properties, made it into a component of gunpowder. Thus, according to old documents, once dried, ground and roasted, cannabis roots were mixed with bamboo roots, pine resin and other substances. This was used to create ammunition for weapons as varied as explosive catapults and a tyoe of hand grenade.
So that’s it for our list of applications for a harvest full of possibilities. We hope that some of them have inspired you to try them at home (except for the explosives and grenades, lest we have an accident) so that you can make the most of all the effort and patience you invested in your plants. Time to get to work!
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9 Ways To Use Your Cannabis Fan Leaves And Stems
No need to throw out your cannabis plant leftovers! You can use cannabis fan leaves and trim to make everything from cannabis creams to hash. Read on to learn how to put your entire cannabis plant to good use.
When we think about cannabis, it’s easy to assume that the buds are the only source of cannabinoids and terpenes, and the rest goes to waste. However, this is simply not the case. There’s plenty of goodness in those leaves, offcuts, and trimmings that, more often than not, we decide to discard. Well, next time you think about throwing those bits away, don’t! Instead, read on to find out exactly how to make the most of your cannabis leaves and trim.
Make Your Own Hash
It may sound like an obvious direction to go in, but it’s also one that many unfortunately neglect to take advantage of. Sometimes viewed as a bit of hassle, the truth is, it’s actually very easy. If you’re a keen smoker or vape enthusiast that regularly reaches for their grinder, chances are you’ve got pretty much everything you need without even realising it.
Made from compacted kief, this type of hash is effortless to produce. But what is kief, you ask? Well, essentially, it’s the trichome-populated “pollen” that covers your buds and contains all the cannabinoids and terpenes. There are a couple of ways kief can be collected. One method is to use a grinder with a pollen sieve. This will catch and separate the errant kief from the rest of the plant material.
If you’re looking to gather larger amounts of kief, you can recreate a pollen sieve using a silkscreen frame. Simply rub your cannabis leaves against the screen, and a fine layer of kief will fall through for easy collection. Make sure to put a collection tray or piece of baking paper under the screen to keep your kief clean and in one place.
Once you’ve collected as much pollen as you need, it’s time to press it into pollen hash blocks. This can be achieved with the help of a pollen press. Put your collected kief into the press, turn the handle, and it will be compacted and ready to use when you are.
Black Leaf Pollen Press
Another way to put cannabis leaves and trimmings to good use is to produce bubble hash. This is achieved by using ice-cold water to agitate and dislodge the trichomes, and then filtering them through a series of increasingly fine mesh pouches. Products such as Ice-O-Lator make this process easy to achieve, rendering a fine supply of kief for you to use.
Once collected and left to dry, it can then be pressed into hash blocks, or used as it is. As the bubble hash method makes for some incredibly pure kief, the material collected from the bags with the finest mesh should melt and bubble when heated. This is a sure sign of quality hash. Low-quality bubble hash, however, will burn quickly and be much harsher to smoke.
Make Homemade Topical Cannabis Creams
More and more beauty companies are producing cannabis-infused skin creams and salves. This is no fad or happy accident. It turns out that cannabis constituents have a long history of topical application, partly because they are efficiently absorbed by our largest organ. Why not get in on the action and make your own top-quality cannabis creams from home?
By turning your cannabis into a salve or cream and applying it directly to the skin, you can treat your body to the all-natural care it deserves. What’s even better is that trim is a perfect source of cannabinoids for topical formulas. As topically applied THC doesn’t get you high to begin with, you don’t have to worry about a potential lack of potency from your leaves and trim.
After decarboxylating and finely grinding your leftover plant material, you need to infuse it into your other ingredients, such as beeswax and coconut oil. Make the salve to your liking by adding essential oils such as lavender or sandalwood to relieve tension, lemon or cinnamon oil to boost immunity, and rosemary or peppermint to enhance energy. Get creative with it!
Vape It With a Vaporizer
Vaping is thought to be a healthier option than smoking, and it’s gaining many converts. As the heat doesn’t burn your herb, you can vape sugar leaves to harness their viable cannabinoids and terpenes while avoiding the harsh, chlorophyll-filled smoke. However, keep in mind that sugar leaves are far less psychotropic than the buds. As such, consider mixing your stash—using some buds and some trim—to make your supply last longer.
Use Trim and Leaves for Cannabutter
Butter is simply a superb vessel for cannabinoids. If you’re a big fan of edibles, then cannabutter should well and truly be on your radar. With enough trim, it’s entirely possible to create some pretty potent delights. And once you have your cannabutter, the sky’s the limit. You can use it in any recipe in place of normal butter, giving you plenty of options when it comes to cooking. You can even spread it on some toast for an ultra-easy edible.
All that’s required of you is to decarboxylate your trim, infuse it into the butter, and strain it through a sieve to separate the plant material from the good stuff. Moreover, if you’re looking for a vegan approach, it’s entirely possible to add trim and leaves to coconut oil to give it that cannabis-infused edge.
Craft THC-Infused Cannabis Drinks
Cannabis trim and leaves aren’t just good for edibles; they can be used to make drinks too! Create everything from milk and tea to bhang and hot chocolate. Not only do cannabis-infused drinks taste great and hit hard, but they also are easy to create.
Making your own cannabis milk is extremely easy, and you can even substitute non-dairy alternatives such as soy, oat, and coconut milk, to name a few. Basically all that’s required is to bring your milk to a simmer and add your decarboxylated cannabis leaves and trim.
Stir and let it infuse for a good 30–45 minutes, adding more milk if needed. You’ll notice that the milk will turn yellowish-green as it takes on the cannabis goodness. Lastly, strain it, let it cool, and store it in the fridge in a sealed container.
There you have it! Just be sure to use it before the expiry date on the original milk carton, and you’ll be golden. Cannabis milk is perfect for adding to coffee and breakfast cereal, and if you just want a refreshing cannabis-infused hit, take an ice-cold swig when the mood strikes.
With documented use dating back well over a thousand years, bhang is a cannabis-infused, paste-like substance whose origins can be traced to India. Traditionally mixed with milk and other beverages, it has long been used in religious ceremonies and festivals. However, bhang is still enjoyed to this day, and is very easy to reproduce at home.
All you need are your trimmings, leaves, a few extra spices, a little milk, and you’re basically there. Some more elaborate versions of bhang call for yoghurt, coconut milk, or even ground nuts and dried fruits. But the choice is completely down to you, and anything added will greatly reward those with an adventurous palate.
Of course, it should come as no surprise that cannabis tea is a great way to use your trim. Providing a mellow high, it’s a popular choice for those seeking a subtle cannabis-infused fix. Add half a teaspoon of butter to your decarboxylated trim and mix well. Next, empty a teabag of your choice into the mixture and seal it all in a tea ball or infuser.
Bring some water to a simmer, add your infuser, and let it sit for around 30 minutes. This will give the tea and cannabinoids ample time to infuse into your water and bind to the butter, respectively. Once ready, strain and enjoy.
Extra tip: The butter will settle on top of the tea and not taste particularly great, which is why it is a good idea to add some milk of your choice. It also helps distribute the cannabinoids more evenly throughout the emulsion.
Zamnesia Tea & Herb Infuser
Making your own extracts is another awesome way to get the most out of your remaining supply of trim. Two great options include cannabis-infused oil and dabs.
Much like cannabutter, cannabis oils have plenty of applications in the kitchen. Featuring a healthier fat content, olive oil is considered the most effective carrier oil for cannabis. However, that’s not to say other options can’t be used. It’s very much down to personal preference.
Whichever oil you choose, the execution is the same. Keeping to a 2:1 ratio, add 2 cups of your oil to 1 cup of ground trimmings and leaves. Once combined, heat gently for a couple of hours to make sure it’s carefully infused.
POT by NOIDS Herb Cooker
Once ready, strain through cheesecloth, and you’ll have some great-tasting oil that’s ready to go. Drizzle it over your favourite salad or pizza, or combine it with other ingredients to make foods like THC-infused hummus.
There’s simply no limit on what you can do with cannabis oil. Many even look to make some THC capsules. While this process requires a little more of a hands-on approach, once finished, it offers an easy and discreet way to dose while on the move.
Those wanting to get their rig involved can look to produce dabs from their trimmings. Although you might suspect inferior potency when using trim, you’d be surprised how concentrated your dabs can be if you have enough plant material.
There are a few additional items you’ll need to consider for this endeavour, such as isopropyl alcohol, unbleached coffee filters, and a fine metal sieve. It may sound adventurous, but we can assure you it’s worth the effort. Once you’ve followed our steps, you can easily enjoy some delicious wax at your leisure.
Make Your Own Rolling Papers
OK, we get it; this one might sound a little fantastical, but it’s 100% real, all-natural, and a great way to use up leftover fan leaves. While it might take a little practice to get it right, it’s well worth trying out. With various techniques available, many suggest using fresh leaves. This technique involves letting the wrapped bundle “cure” much like a cigar, or “cannagar”, if you will.
With the help of some tools, you can produce your own powerful cannagar that will burn for up to an hour, making it perfect for those smoking sessions where you really want to impress your friends.
G2 Cannagar Mold | Personal
Savour the Cannabis Flavour With Raw Leaves (No High)
If you want to utilise your cannabis leaves in a way that doesn’t get you high, consider adding them to various dishes and drinks for flavour. Want to add a little cannabis zing to your salad? No problem, include a couple fan leaves to impart that unmistakable taste.
Much like kale and other leafy greens, many cannabis fans have taken to adding a few leaves to their morning fruit smoothies. As decarboxylation (heating) is needed to produce a high, adding raw cannabis leaves won’t provide any psychotropic effects, so you can enjoy as much as you want.
However, it is said that the healthy ingredients included in a smoothie can interact with the cannabinoids in a synergistic relationship known as the entourage effect.
This theory states that other cannabis-derived compounds, such as terpenes, can increase the impact of cannabinoids. However, the research doesn’t stop there. Other plants have terpenes too; so it could mean that vitamin C-bearing fruits, for example, work well when combined with certain cannabinoids.
That said, there is no end to the possibilities when making smoothies; you can always adapt to your taste and needs. If you add hemp seeds or hemp milk, you are in for a full cannabis treat!
Use As Compost
If all else fails, you can, of course, throw the plant material away. But because it is organic in nature, it makes a lot more sense to compost it if you can. This allows the nutrients to improve the health of the soil and the organisms that depend on it.
As a cannabis grower, you should always look to reduce your environmental impact, so why not start your own composting pile? That way, the cycle of life will continue to do its work and bring you the best bud.