Chances are that when you grind up your buds to smoke them, you probably toss out those pesky stems. No one likes them. They take up weight, they’re not good to smoke, and they force you to get your hand dirty when smoking. But what if I told you they could serve a better purpose than being a trash can filler? What if I told you there was perfectly good THC hiding in all of those stems? Saving stems might be more imperative than you think…

Saving Stems: What Marijuana Stems Can Do For You

First of all, let me start off by saying that most edibles are made with stems. Like I said, there is plenty of harvest-able THC inside of those stems that can be used in ways other than smoking. Take for example Cannabis butter. Most edibles are made with cannabis butter, and one of the most cost effective ways to make it is with stems. Think about it. You never use them, so what if you were to just tuck them away for later?

Save them for a while, keep them somewhere airtight and when you end up with an obnoxious amount of them— pull out the crock pot. Grind them up the same way you would the weed, put them in some cheesecloth, and make just like normal cannabis butter. This butter is just the same— just make sure to use a larger amount of stems than you would buds to have the same potency, maybe 1/4-1/2 more.

Another popular option is to make stem tea.

Brewed just like any other tea, except you add the marijuana stems. Same deal, get the cheesecloth, and add to your hot water and let soak. The longer you soak, the more the potency. I’d suggest at least eight hours. You can do it alone or add a few tea bags, but I’d go caffeine free! Maybe add some honey for a better flavor. But this stuff is a great, and easy, option.

These two are usually the go-to’s for people with leftover stems. But, the options are pretty endless. From skin creams and salves, to stem hash oil, you can do pretty much anything you’d do with normal buds with these guys.

So make sure you’re saving stems because they aren’t as useless as you might think. Not to mention, in the end— they’re only saving you more money by making sure to use them!