Replacing stems for buds in this cannabutter recipe will produce a similar product, but with a much milder effect. Where the recipe suggests "28g of flowers", replace with "as many chopped stems as possible". Using your butter in culinary creations will add a nice buzz to any course.
Perhaps one of the most unconventional ways to enjoy cannabis are weed-infused topicals, which have become quite popular over the past couple of years. Along with moisturising your skin, cannabis-infused lotions and creams can help care for your muscles in a new way. They're also a wonder for supple joints, along with tackling sensitive, red skin especially well. Thankfully, we've already got a recipe for cannabis lotion! Note, however, that you'll be replacing "15–30g of flowers" with 2–3x the amount of stems, or the closest you can get. You might not think about it often, but there's a good bit more you can do with cannabis outside of enjoying its effects. It's a natural plant material like any other, and that means it can see a lot of use in arts and crafts! It might sound unconventional at first, but remember that hemp is one of the main alternatives to wood-based paper.
Considering that, stem-based paper is far from odd, albeit a bit coarse. The most challenging part of making paper is first making a vat. This can be pantyhose stretched over a wire armature, or old fly-wire screen stapled to a wooden frame. The idea is to have a flat, permeable surface that will let the water in the pulp drain away. Then, in a blender, combine an equal amount of stems and regular paper. Add enough water for the mixture to move and blend freely. When the mix is a slurry with minimal bits left intact, pour it out evenly onto the vat. Gently shake the vat until the pulp is evenly spread. If you're making a larger piece of paper, you'll need a squeegee to get things even. After 24 hours, gently peel your paper away and hang it out to dry. Even on the small scale, stems and small stalks can be stripped of their outer fibre. This process, called decorticating, involves one of the most sophisticated tools out there: your hands. Held together by a cellulose matrix, these fibres need to be rubbed between the fingers to be separated into individual strands. These individual lengths of fibres can be twisted into tough lengths of raw twine. If you save up enough, you've got tons of creative possibilities! The possibilities get even wider, though, if you're a home grower with even more stems lying around. When you strip trunks and main branches of their much longer fibres, you can start making decorations, baskets, and even yarn if you work at it long enough! Capping things off, you can even use your stems to grow yourself some more cannabis! Specifically, you can use a wood chipper (or another processing method) to turn the stems into a reliable mulch. This will protect the soil under it, making sure plants keep as much of their rainwater as possible. There's a lot more information to cover when it comes to properly applying mulch in the growing process, but we hope to have sparked your interest in the idea! There's a world of use to be found if you've got the right supplies, and you can even get high on them if you play your cards right!
We hope this has helped you appreciate just how versatile the cannabis plant can be! Wondering what to do with those seemingly useless cannabis stems? They contain valuable resin, and can actually be used to make everything from hash to paper. Once you’ve harvested your plants and trimmed your flowers, you may be wondering what to do with all of the stems that have been left behind. Sure, you could throw them onto the compost pile to return the nutrients to your garden, but they have so many other uses that they’re worth holding on to. Every part of the cannabis plant has a use, which is precisely why it’s been an industrial crop for so long. At first glance, stems might seem like a bit of a waste product, but wait until you see what you can do with them.
Stems contain small amounts of resin, and therefore, THC. After a hard few hours of harvesting and trimming, one of the best things you can do to relax is treat yourself to a fresh cup of tea.