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
How To Make Weed Stem Tea: 6 Easy Steps
The effortless way to put those stems to good use.
by Macey W. – November 15, 2019
When you’ve used up your stash and have a pile of stems left, you may be tempted to smoke them up as a last resort. Don’t do that. There are other ways to use these pesky stems that won’t result in a massive headache and disappointment like smoking them would. Learning how to make weed stem tea is your best bet and requires little effort.
If you’ve made other weed tea, you have a general idea of what you’re getting into. Weed stem tea will probably be much less potent than regular cannabis tea because the stems do not have high concentrations of THC.
Ingredients for Weed Stem Tea
- Weed stems (at least ¼ cup of them, but feel free to double or triple the amount)
- 2 cups of water for one serving, double with each person you’ll be serving
- Coffee filter, cheesecloth, paper towel, or another similar filter
- Alcohol, butter, milk, or coconut oil for binding (just pick one for flavor’s sake)
- Saucepan for boiling water
- Additional tea bag, sugar, or other flavors (optional)
How to Cook Your Tea
1. Gather Your Stems
You can decide if you want to grind your stems beforehand, but it’s not necessary to do and may end up making the straining process more complicated.
So either grind up your stems or gather what you have and move on to the next step.
2. Boil Water
Fill your saucepan with water and bring to a boil. If you’re using milk, butter, or oil, add it to the saucepan before bringing to a boil.
If you’re using alcohol as a binding agent, do not add it to the water yet. It will boil out.
3. Add Stems to the Boiling Water
Add your stems to the boiling water and give it a good stir. Continue stirring frequently for the next 10-15 minutes.
4. Remove From Heat
Once you’ve stirred the stems in boiling water for a good 10-15 minutes, you can take the saucepan off the heat and allow it to start cooling.
If you didn’t add a source of fat to the boiling water, now is the time to add alcohol. Three tablespoons should do the trick. You can use vodka, rum, or whatever alcohol you have on hand that might make a good pairing.
5. Strain the Contents of the Saucepan
Secure your cheesecloth, paper towel, or coffee filter over a cup or pot to pour the contents into. Slowly pour your mixture over the filter, straining the weed stems out.
I’m telling you to enjoy but deep down I know weed stem tea is not very tasty. This is a great time to add in additional tea bags to steep, honey, sugar, or other ingredients to make the tea more appetizing. Otherwise, you can drink it plain and really soak up the earthy flavor.
Does Weed Stem Tea Get You High?
In theory, yes. The verdict is out on just how much THC stems actually have. We know researchers have found small CBD and THC contents in hemp stems. This is notable because hemp typically has lower THC than other varieties of cannabis.
Scour the internet for a bit and you’ll find several people who claim to have had success making stem tea. You’ll also find people disappointed that nothing happened when they drank theirs.
Regardless, stems do have small amounts of THC. Efforts to make a stem tea will not be in vain, even if the result is just a more relaxing than usual evening in.
The Tea Will Not Get You High Without a Binding Agent
There are factors to keep in mind for stem tea potency. If some trichomes were still hanging around on the stems when the tea was made, it will have a higher THC content. The plant’s overall potency and THC content will factor in as well.
If you’re not using a binding agent, you can be certain your stem tea will not have any effects. Binding agents are crucial. THC is not water-soluble and needs something to bind to in order to activate.
Weed stem tea can be prepared using alcohol as a binding agent, or with any source of fat like milk, butter, or coconut oil.
Final Thoughts for Weed Stem Tea
Nobody seems to get excited about weed stems, for good reason. They take up extra weight when purchasing without being useful for smoking. This leads a lot of people to throw out their weed stems as soon as they come across them, writing them off as completely useless. But they don’t have to be.
THC content in weed stems varies, but the biggest factor in the tea’s effectiveness is the proper use of a binding agent.
Weed stem tea may serve as a good experiment for the stoner who ends up with lots of discarded stems. Some find fats like milk or butter work best to bind, while others swear by the use of alcohol. If your weed stem tea fails, try again using a different binding agent and see if there’s a difference.
It’s not the most ideal way to get high, but it can be a good alternative to smoking. Most of all, making weed stem tea is a wonderful way to benefit from all parts of the cannabis plant, especially when you’ve already paid for it.
Do you have a bunch of weed stems left over? Don't smoke them. Learn how to make weed stem tea. It's as easy as you think.