How to Make Tea from Your Weed Stems
Not only economical and environmentally-friendly, but cannabis stem tea also works wonders for your health!
For those of us who like to see every last bit of everything we buy go to good use, there really isn’t anything better than cannabis stem tea. The world is full of waste; not only are landfills quickly being piled full with trash, but billions of dollars a year are wasted on products that were bought and not consumed or used.
Of course, if you are a cannabis lover, you probably treat your frosty nuggets as if they are solid chunks of gold, savoring each hit you take, but it often feels like those byproduct stems that are left over after you have smoked all the bud simply do not serve a purpose. Simultaneously, it can feel unfortunate throwing them away.
But Why Cannabis Stem Tea?
Cannabis stem tea has been sparking up globally, consumed as a more mellow alternative to smoking marijuana. Sure, this hot drink will not get you quite as high as a THC-packed chunk of herb might, but stems seem to offer some pretty amazing benefits, especially considering the fact that so many usually just toss them out. Plus, who could resist the idea of a medicinal tea-party with your friends!
In this article we will explain to you in greater detail not only about the possible medical uses of cannabis stem tea, but also we will describe step by step how you can make this relaxing, hot drink right from the comfort of your very own home.
Keep reading to discover how to make cannabis stem tea with our step by step guide…
What Is Cannabis Stem Tea?
Cannabis stem tea is much like its name implies. This dank concoction is actually a hot brew made from the byproduct stems left over from the marijuana plant once the buds have been removed (and probably consumed). It is relatively simple to produce, and sizeable batches can be steeped if you choose to share with your friends or throw a 420-friendly tea party.
Unfortunately, it is not as simple as just crushing up the stems and throwing them in some hot water; certain factors have to be taken into consideration when soaking this part of the marijuana plant, which is where our handy step by step guide comes into play.
Why Would Someone Choose to Brew Cannabis Stem Tea?
Well, first of all, brewing cannabis stem tea is rather resourceful. You would probably be throwing those stems away anyways, and delicious weed should never go to waste. For this reason, it is concurrently economical, because you might be able to get a bit more time spent high for your money’s worth.
This calm-bringing brew also appeals to those who have a difficult time smoking or inhaling marijuana smoke, whether it be because of personal preference or a medical condition. Particularly for those with asthma or other respiratory issues, having the option to drink some tea and get a buzz from it or even medical relief, sounds like paradise.
Finally, those with certain medical conditions could actually benefit from this healing elixir’s existence.
What Are the Medical Benefits of Cannabis Stem Tea?
Although cannabis stem tea on its own has not been researched thoroughly, it is said to possess similar medical benefits to that of other parts of the cannabis plant . Consumers have reported that this concoction has assisted their anxiety, depression, asthma, chronic pain , body aches, migraines/headaches, asthma, nausea, autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis , and more. Most of all, drinking your cannabinoids is a way for the body to achieve faster acting relief, taking effect quicker than an edible would.
How to Make Cannabis Stem Tea [The Steps]
Now that some background information has been explained about the usefulness of cannabis stem tea, here comes the part we’ve all been waiting for…
Ingredients You’ll Need:
The ingredients at this ratio will produce somewhere between 3-4 cups of brewed tea, but if you desire a greater quantity, simply multiply the numbers to your corresponding preference.
- Leftover stems from your favorite cannabis, preferably organic (½-¼ cups worth)
- Purified water (3 cups)
- Standard sized tea bag(s) of your favorite non-ganja tea for added flavor (1-2 bags)
- A coffee filter to strain the solid contents from the liquid
- Either your favorite liquor/alcohol (2-3 teaspoons), milk/non-dairy milk (½ cup) or butter/coconut oil (½ tablespoon)
- Shake, weed or kief to enhance potency and THC content (really just as much as you want)
It is important to begin by noting that it is not possible to brew cannabis stems without an additional ingredient to bind the cannabinoids , specifically the THC, to the water. THC is not water-soluble, so it simply cannot be absorbed by H2O, and without a source of fat you will just end up with cannabis flavored hot water. That is why either alcohol, milk/non-dairy milk or butter/coconut oil, are included in the ingredients list. This is the source of fat for the THC to latch on to, so this individual ingredient is incredibly important.
1. Decide whether or not you want to grind up your stems.
Some think it is best, some think it makes no difference; deciding whether or not to grind the stems before you begin to process them is honestly completely up to you. There just is not enough research showing which option is the most ideal, so just let your personal preference run wild. If you have decided to use a grinder, you will want to begin breaking down the stems now.
2. Get that water boiling!
Fill up a saucepan or a kettle with 3 cups of purified water, (or more if you decided to increase the portion). If you have decided to go the milk, non-dairy milk, butter or coconut oil route, you will want to add this ingredient in before you begin heating the water. If you have decided to go the alcohol route, incorporate it after the water has already been boiled, so that the alcohol does not evaporate away and ruin your entire batch.
3. Start the infusion process.
Now is the fun part – getting the weed involved! Once your water has come to a boil, begin to stir in your marijuana stems. Use the ratio described in the ingredients list. Stir continuously for about 8-12 minutes, just to make sure the stems really have enough time to bind with the fat molecules. If you have decided to add in additional kief or shake, add these contents along with the stems into a reusable tea bag and then place it into the boiling water. You will still want to stir the pot.
4. Strain and pour.
Once the allotted time has passed, your tea will be pretty good to go. Remove the now infused water from the stove top. If you decided to use a liquor, now is the time to add it in. Get your coffee filter ready and pour the liquid through the device and into another pot. If a tea bag was used earlier in the process, it simply needs to be removed and the filtration step can be skipped.
5. Make that tea taste amazing and start enjoying.
The flavor of the cannabis stem tea might not be all that appealing, even if you love the taste of smokeable or edible herb. For this reason, it may be useful to implement an additional tea bag from your favorite stash, maybe even an option with some caffeine if this is a morning brew. Utilize one or two tea bags, and allow them to steep into that mixture you just strained. Once the bags have soaked for their needed time, remove them and pour the contents into a mug or teacup.
If you do not feel like drinking your tea plain, there are ways to spice it up; with honey, sugar, agave syrup, milk/coconut milk/cream or even a little lemon. As it is with tea that can’t get you high, there are so many ways to enjoy cannabis stem tea.
Final Thoughts on Cannabis Stem Tea
If you have been searching for a fast-acting form of smoke-free marijuana that is not only resourceful, economical and environmentally-friendly but also delicious and medicinally beneficial, then cannabis stem tea might be right up your alley. Especially for those who suffer from MS, arthritis, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, migraines, autoimmune disorders, asthma and nausea, this herbal elixir has shown to be particularly relieving.
We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user. For this reason, discretion should always be taken.
In this article we will explain not only the possible medical uses of cannabis stem tea, but also how to make it in the comfort of your home.
How to Make Potent Weed Tea From Your Leftover Stems
Now you may be thinking. tea from my leftover stems? Am I back in high school?
But recycling your weed stems into a potent and medicinal tea is an incredibly efficient way to use a ‘byproduct’ of our favorite sticky herb.
Weed tea is used all over the world to treat a variety of ailments including asthma, nausea and chronic pain. Drinking your medicine in tea form delivers relief dramatically faster than smoking which is what makes it so effective at treating auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. Cannabis tea also releases mood enhancers that boost overall positivity and reduce anxiety.
Tea is a great alternative for someone who doesn’t enjoy smoking but still wants to soak up all the amazing benefits of cannabis. It is easy to dose yourself with tea, unlike other edibles that can make you feel out of control quite quickly.
Tea is an all around gentler and healthier high if made on the lighter side. Teas made with stems have a far milder effect and taste than teas made with pure bud. I have definitely been knocked out by weed tea, and have had some friends that say infused tea is the highest they’ve ever been — so don’t say the experts didn’t warn you 😉
- ¼ – ½ cup of marijuana stems (from organic cannabis preferably)
- additional shake and/or weed are optional to increase potency
- 3 cups of water
- Additional bag of tea to add flavor
- Coffee Filter
- 2-3 Tablespoons of Alcohol of Your Choice ( or)
- 1/2 cup of Whole Milk, Coconut Milk, or Half-and-Half ( or)
- ½ tbsp of Butter/Coconut Oil
Step One: To grind or not to grind?
Some recipes recommend grinding your stems before steeping. Grinding creates more surface area which could theoretically increase the potency, however, experience tells me that the difference is negligible. Also, I find that grinding the stems makes the whole process messier; so if you want a quick and easy tea, feel free to skip the grinding step. An easy compromise is to break up the stems with your hands.
Depending on what you have handy in your kitchen, you can either grab a teapot or a regular saucepan. Fill up the pot with 3 cups of water. If you don’t drink alcohol, you can add 1/2 cup of milk / half-and-half, or a ½ tbsp of butter / coconut oil, at this time . I find alcohol to be the best binding agent to enhance the potency of weed tea. If you choose to use alcohol, add it after the boiling process (so it won’t evaporate while boiling). Bring the concoction in your pot to a boil.
Once it has reached the boiling point, add the stems and let boil for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. If you have a reusable tea bag large enough for your stems, put it to use for an easier straining process. If you’re looking for an exceptionally potent tea, add some additional trim, shake, or ground nugs during this step.
Once the tea is thoroughly infused, remove it from the heat. If you chose to use alcohol, now is the time to add a couple tablespoons of the alcohol of your choice (rum is a nice and sweet-tasting addition).
If you used a tea bag, just remove the bag and your tea is ready! Without a teabag, the next step is straining the tea. Grab that coffee filter and let’s separate that yummy tea from the used stems. If you used a teapot, it’s easy to secure the coffee filter around the spout with a rubber band, or place the filter inside the teapot. If you used a saucepan, you can secure the coffee filter around a mug to strain your tea.
Once your tea is strained, you can add a variety of extra goodies to enhance the flavor. Our girl Mary always said, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down — honey and/or raw sugar will make your medicinal tea taste amazing. If milk or half-and-half were used, adding a bag of organic chai tea or turmeric tea will bring your brew to another level. If alcohol was used, I recommend adding a strong bag of fruity or floral tea like passionfruit.
I view this tea as a daily vitamin and love making a big batch to sip on throughout the week. Whatever your needs, this tea is very customizable in potency and flavor profiles. With this recipe in your back pocket, you have a quick and easy way to get high twice by recycling your stems into a potent tonic.
How to Make Potent Weed Tea From Your Leftover Stems Now you may be thinking. tea from my leftover stems? Am I back in high school? But recycling your weed stems into a potent and medicinal