How To Remove Seeds And Stems From Weed

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So you want to know what to do I do with all those weed stems? Look no further, we answer all your weed stem questions. Read on to learn more. Ready to trim your cannabis? Learn the differences between wet and dry trimming, and how to remove excess foliage and get your cannabis buds ready for drying. So to make a long story short A guy owed me money, and being short on cash and myself short of temper he finally decided to pay me in a pound of skunk…

What To Do With Leftover Weed Stems & Trimmings [Answered]

It’s easy to wonder what to do with weed stems. For many, the answer is simply to get rid of them. After all, they are harsh to smoke, and is there THC in stems anyway?

Actually, there is. The quantities are small, but when processed correctly, and at a high enough density, it can still get the job done.

In this article, we take a look at what to do with leftover weed stems and leaves so that you can make the very most of your stash.

1. Decarb Stems

The de-carb process is a scientific method of removing carbon atoms from your stems to breathe new life into its THC content. This process is actually required before cannabis can be used in any of its forms.

Even though it sounds very complicated, the process itself is very straightforward. If you have the supplies to make cookies, you are well equipped.

First, preheat your oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. As it’s warming, take your stems, and spread them carefully over a foil-lined roasting pan. It’s important to arrange the stems neatly, with no overlap so that they are all exposed equally to the heat.

Slide the pan into a middle rack, and roast for approximately thirty-five to forty minutes. It’s important to monitor your weed stems throughout the process. If they begin to brown or burn, the entire batch is ruined. To avoid this, consider rotating your pan once or twice during the bake time.

This will help to make sure the stems are baked evenly. Once your timer goes off, most experts recommend turning the heat off but allowing your pan to cool in the oven. It can take about an hour for a pan to cool completely. Patience is necessary, but the rewards are well worth it. Decarbonated weed stems!

Note: It may be better to err on the side of caution. When THC gets too hot it turns into a chemical known as CBN. While CBN requires temperatures of closer to 300 degrees, there are many ways that could still happen even with a milder setting on your oven. Your oven’s thermometer could be off or you simply leave it in for too long.

Though CBN has its uses, it’s not strongly associated with psychoactive effects, so be careful!

2. Create Cannabutter & Edibles

Once you’ve decarbed your weed stems, the process of using it to make cannabutter is actually quite simple.

Step 1: Grind it: Ideally, you will make sure that your mixture has a perfectly consistent texture. You don’t want to grind the stems too much, as this will make them more susceptible to burning. However, with a good, even consistency, you will be ready for your next step.

Step 2: Simmer: Next, melt butter in a skillet, and allow your newly ground stems to simmer on your stove’s lowest setting. Most people do this phase for about 40 minutes to an hour. However, it’s important to monitor your butter at all times. If it begins to brown or burn, remove it from heat. Stir regularly to avoid sticking.

If you have a candy thermometer, it will come in handy here. The goal is to make sure that the mixture never exceeds 190 degrees. Some “smart thermometers” can actually remain in the mixture for the entire length of the cooking process. These devices will send alerts to your phone if the temperature trends in the wrong direction. Short of this, your job will simply be to monitor it constantly.

Step 3: Strain the Mixture: Simmering the mixture allows your cannabis’s THC to naturally incorporate into the butter. Now that you’ve achieved that, you’re going to want to get rid of the unappetizing, grainy weed stems.

To strain your butter, pour it through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. The latter tends to be preferred by most people, as cheesecloth will soak up some of your precious butter. Use what you have though. Once you’ve strained out the stem residue it’s time to move on to the next step.

Step 4: Refrigerate: This part is pretty easy. Put your mixture in the fridge and wrap it up tightly until it hardens. You now have a functional cannabutter!

It’s important to note that cannabutter doesn’t usually last as long as its pre-infused alternative. It typically has a shelf life of about two weeks (or about six months in the freezer), which means it is time to get to cooking.

Cannabutter can be used in much the same way as regular butter. For example, if you have a cookie recipe that calls for one cup of regular butter, sub in one cup of cannabutter instead. Just be careful when you consume your newly made edibles.

Many find that it is best to eat only small portions of your baked goods as you are figuring out your tolerance. If you want to learn more about cooking with cannabis, we have the perfect class for you. Join us in one of our Puff, Pass & Bake Cooking Classes.

3. Infuse in Alcohol

You can also infuse stems in alcohol by soaking them for long periods of time. Technically, it is possible to do this with rubbing alcohol, but THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED, as isopropyl alcohol was not made to be consumed.

People tend to reach for rubbing alcohol because its extremely high alcohol content makes it very good at extracting a lot of THC. However, you can do the same good work with high-proof alcohol like Everclear. Bonus? It’s not toxic.

To perform this, begin by sticking your stems and the alcohol in the freezer.

The rubbing alcohol will not freeze. The stems will. This is good because it preserves more of the THC.

After twelve hours in the freezer, you’re ready for the next step.

Pour your alcohol and stems into a mason jar. Shake vigorously, and then pour both through a sieve into a bowl. The sieve will strain out the stem remnants, leaving behind a liquid with a greenish tint to it. Your cannabis is now infused with alcohol.

Now, it’s time to extract the toxic part. Pour the liquid on a flat surface, and wait for it to evaporate. This can take up to twenty-four hours. You will know you have completed your task when there is no more liquid on the surface. What remains will be small, THC-rich chunks.

4. Make Weed Stem Tea or Coffee

Cannabis-infused tea or coffee is actually very easy to make. To begin, boil one gram of your decarbed stems in a pot of water and here’s a hint, use a bit of milk. The milk has fat that the THC is attaches to easier.

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Some people actually prefer to simmer instead, as this tends to preserve the flavors of the terpenes. Since we are working with the stems here, the flavor isn’t much of a consideration.

It takes about fifteen minutes to infuse the water with THC.

After, strain the water with a cheesecloth, and then steep your preferred tea for about three minutes. Or just pour that hot water over some ground coffee and WA-lah, talk about a pick me up.

5. Use in Smoothie or for Juicing

Cannabis stems can also be used for making a smoothie or for juicing. As anyone who juices or makes smoothies regularly knows, it’s an art form with an enormous amount of flexibility. You can put pretty much anything in there, which means there’s no precise recipe for juicing cannabis stems.

The natural flavors of the stems may encourage many users to opt for sweeter support ingredients (fruit, ginger, cinnamon, carrots, etc). However, you can also just incorporate the stems into your favorite existing recipe.

However, you do it, juicing your cannabis stems is certainly a worthy application. While there will be no psychoactive benefit to juicing raw cannabis stems, there are lots of nutritional boons. Cannabis stems are rich in antioxidants, as well as trace elements of a wide range of cannabinoids that boast their own health benefits. In fact, some experts believe cannabis is one of the most nutritionally rich plants on the planet!

6. Make Bubble Hash

You make bubble hash by submerging cannabis stems and trimmings in ice and then shaking it up really well. Simple, right? There are more sophisticated ways of doing it that involve fancy tools, but the amateur can get the job done easily enough with a spoon, paddle, or any other mixing utensil.

For the DIY version of bubble hash, fill a large bucket full of ice and water. Place your cannabis in the bucket, and stir vigorously in cycles. The idea is to mix but not crush the ice.

The mixing, or disruption process as many call it takes place over four 10-15 minute cycles.

Once you have completed your cycle strain the solution through a filter bag.

You will notice that your final product is very liquidy. To solve this, freeze it for several hours, then grind it to a fine powder and leave it to dry in a low humidity environment. This may take several days, but the wait is well worth it. Bubble hash is highly potent and features none of the harmful chemicals that so many hash products suffer from.

7. Composting

Composting is an environmentally friendly way to make the most of old plant materials. If you are not interested in using your cannabis stems in any other way, consider tossing them on the compost heap.

There are many ways to compost. Some use wood frames, ditches, or simply bare earth. Set up a predefined boundary, dump your organic materials, and help mother earth. It’s a win, win.

8. Use in Arts and Crafts

You can also just find ways to incorporate your stems into crafts. There are many nature-oriented arts and crafts projects that involve painting, making sculptures, dioramas, and all other manners of arts and crafts.

If you are looking for a guided craft, consider one of our legendary Puff Pass and Paint classes. These courses infuse art and cannabis in a way that is not only fun and inclusive but also well structured for people who take their art seriously. And hey, bring some of your weed stems to the class and we can incorporate them into your painting!

Frequently Asked Questions About Weed Stems

Can You Smoke Weed Stems?

Can you smoke weed stems? Technical, of course, you can. You can smoke stems the same way you smoke cannabis flower. The real question is if you should. Stems tend to taste foul and come down your lungs very harshly.

They also have a much lower THC count than flower making it all the more impractical. If you are hard up for other cannabis, it might be worth giving it a shot. In most cases, however, it seems that Afroman was at his very wisest when he advised us all to “pick out the seeds and stems.”

Do Weed Stems Get Your High?

Weed stems do have the capacity to get you high, though it typically requires a much higher concentration to get the job done. The processes described in this article may improve your odds significantly.

For example, edibles tend to be more potent than smoked cannabis because they are metabolized by your liver. If you want to get as much mileage from your stems as possible, you might consider one of those methods.

However, you should moderate your expectations. The high will be mild at best, and more experienced users may not feel anything at all. For most people, stems enter into their cannabis diet either out of desperation or a desire not to be wasteful.

Is there THC in stems?

Stems do contain trace amounts of THC. The de-carbing process described in this article can help bring that THC to life, allowing you to enjoy the psychoactive effect. However, it’s important to note that the stems have very little THC relative to other parts of the plant.

For that reason, some users may prefer to reserve their stem stash for occasions in which they need to enjoy a much milder high. Doesn’t it sound nice to sit down and read a book with a steaming mug of stem-infused tea?

How to ground weed stems?

Grinding stems that have been dried requires essentially the same process as grinding any other form of cannabis. Insert the stems into your grinder, twist until the desired consistency has been achieved, and then use the stems however you prefer.

Note that you may wish for a coarser consistency than you may otherwise usually opt for. Stems tend to be dryer than cannabis flower. They will burn very hot and quickly no matter what you do, producing harsh, unpleasant smoke. A coarser grind won’t fix the problem entirely but it can help.

How to trim marijuana

Some people enjoy trimming because it’s a good opportunity to connect with the plant, especially if you’ve been growing it for months. But some dread trimming because it’s so monotonous.

Whichever type you are, know that trimming even only a couple of plants will take hours, even days. Be sure to have some good albums or podcasts queued up, and it always helps to have a friend or two helping out. You’ll have plenty of bud to spare.

Why is trimming marijuana important?

Trimming removes buds from plants, cutting off branches, stems, and sugar and fan leaves. All of these are harsh to smoke and don’t contain many trichomes, although they do have a little.

When wet trimming, removing all that unnecessary plant matter also reduces the moisture content of buds, allowing for a more even dry.

Cannabis also takes on a tighter, more uniform appearance and has more bag appeal when trimmed.

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Wet vs. dry cannabis trimming

There are two ways to go about trimming weed, each with pros and cons.

Wet marijuana trimming

Wet trimming happens all in one sitting: You’ll cut down the plant, cut buds off branches—called “bucking”—trim the buds, and then place them on a drying rack, where they’ll sit for a few days.

  • Removing sugar and fan leaves is easier—they get shriveled and dried up in dry trimming
  • With less moisture-filled foliage attached to the flowers, drying will happen more quickly; this can be helpful in humid climates where mold is a concern
  • If you’re tight on space, wet trimming removes a bulk of the plant in the beginning, so you don’t have to hang whole plants up to dry
  • Trimming wet will also give you a tighter and more aesthetically pleasing final product
  • Many argue that because buds are stickier when being handled, trichomes remain intact, which preserves terpenes and flavors in the final product

Wet trimming is very sticky. Trichomes will get on your fingers, your trimming shears, your body, everything. Gloves are recommended; rubbing alcohol or coconut oil is essential.

Dry marijuana trimming

With dry trimming, you’ll cut down the plant and hang the whole thing to dry for several days first. When it’s dry, you’ll buck buds off branches and trim them.

  • Keeping leaves on in the beginning makes the drying process slower; this can be great in arid climates, as a quick dry can cause excess terpene loss
  • It’s a lot less messy—trichomes harden as weed dries, reducing the amount of get-on-everything stickiness
  • Those less-sticky, less-messy trichomes are also more brittle and prone to breaking; you’ll have to handle your crop with care to preserve trichomes and THC levels
  • Hanging entire plants takes up significantly more space than if you discard excess plant material first; make sure you have adequate drying space before dry trimming

Marijuana trimming tools needed

  • Scissors (for trimming buds)
  • Pruners (helpful for big branches)
  • Comfortable chair and area
  • A clean surface, like a table
  • Tray/bowl and a clean surface
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rags
  • Proper clothes (ones that can get sticky)
  • Entertainment

How to trim cannabis buds

After you’ve set up your drying room and trimming area, and your weed plants are ready to come down, it’s time to get trimming.

Whether trimming wet or dry, the process of trimming buds is the same.

Step 1: Cut down the plant and cut off branches

Using a solid pair of pruning shears, cut off branches, breaking the plant down into smaller pieces until you get to the main stalk of the plant, which can get cut off close to the soil.

If dry trimming, you’ll hang the plant for drying now, either in its entirety or its smaller branches. Check out more on drying here.

Drying plants will be ready for trimming when stems snap and don’t bend—usually 3-7 days later.

If wet trimming, don’t worry about drying yet and go to step 2.

Step 2: Remove fan leaves

Fan leaves are the iconic cannabis leaves with five or seven points. The plant has had these leaves since it was in the vegetative stage. Fan leaves have little to no trichomes, so get rid of them.

If trimming wet, it may be quicker to gently pull these off with your hands, but they can be snipped off with scissors too. If dry trimming, you’ll need to snip them.

Step 3: Buck buds from the branch

Once fan leaves are off, cut off individual buds from branches, also called “bucking.”

Trimmers usually create a pile of buds to work on, either on a table or in a bowl or tray.

Be sure to keep a separate pile for branches, stems, and fan leaves, and compost them.

Step 4: Trim buds

Now that you’re down to just buds, get to trimming. If buds are too big, break them down into smaller buds. A giant bud might look awesome, but it won’t dry as evenly, making it susceptible to mold.

  • Trim the stem at the bottom of the bud as closely as you can without causing the bud to break down. You don’t want the stem to be exposed anywhere but at the bottom.
  • Remove the crow’s feet—these are the leaves at the bottom that look like little bird feet.
  • Trim off extra plant matter and manicure the bud. Angle your scissors and keep them moving. After a while you won’t even think about it.

The goal is to take away everything that isn’t fully covered in trichomes. Create a uniform surface area around the buds. This includes taking down red pistils all the way to the foliage. Pistils have very little to zero trichomes.

Put all your finished buds in a separate bowl or tray.

If wet trimming, you’ll need to put your finished buds on a drying rack for a few days. If dry trimming, you’ll want to jar up your buds for curing.

Pro tips for trimming weed

Make sure to collect your trim. You can dry it too and either smoke it or use it to make edibles or other cannabis products.

Remember to wipe your scissors with alcohol or swap them out with another pair when they get covered in resin. Also, make sure to avoid shaving off large sections of the nug at once—this isn’t great for the bud and it will reduce your yield.

Some trimmers save their “finger hash” or “scissor hash,” which is resin that builds up on your fingers or scissors when trimming. This is perfectly fine to smoke, it just may be a little harsh.

Hand-trimmed vs. machine-trimmed weed

As a homegrower, you’ll most likely be trimming your weed by hand, but some do invest in machine trimmers to cut out the monotonous trimming part. Commercial growers often use machine trimmers because they process such a large quantity of buds.

Pros and cons of hand trimming marijuana

  • Cheap
  • Individual buds can be shaped to bring out the qualities of each strain
  • Issues like mold or insects can be spotted
  • It’s messy—you’ll want lots of rubbing alcohol or coconut oil around
  • Time-consuming
  • Usually have to rely on some buddies to help

Pros and cons of machine trimming marijuana

The high demand for cannabis has paved the way for new technologies and a whole range of machine trimmers. These trimmers do an incredible job of processing buds quickly, so they’re mainly used by large-scale growers producing for the low end of the market.

Highly efficient upper-level systems like the Twister T2 (~$12,000) can trim up to 19 lbs per hour, and lower-priced systems exist, such as the Trimpro Rotor ($1,750), for commercial growers. For homegrowers, there are trimmers such as the iPower ($120).

  • Easy
  • Quick and efficient, saving time and money
  • Less messy; machine trimmers collect trim easily so you use it for other products
  • Can overtrim buds
  • They knock off a lot of trichomes, affecting potency and flavor
  • Stems and seeds can still make their way into finished buds

Johanna Silver, Patrick Bennett, and Trevor Hennings contributed to this article.

Best way to remove seeds

So to make a long story short A guy owed me money, and being short on cash and myself short of temper he finally decided to pay me in a pound of skunk. Problem is it has a ton of seeds and stems. Any of you guys out there know the best way to remove seeds without spending all day doing it by hand??

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BoomerBloomer57
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sounds like a pound of mexican schwag.

screwed, blued and TATTED.

I’d be out hunting that rascal down. Catch and shakedown, no release till i get the grease.

How the hell can “skunk bud” be loaded with seeds?

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WeekendToker
Member

this man speaks truth.

how can skunk have so many seeds and stems?

i bet a good portion of the “bud” will be seeds and stems.

but if you really want to try to remove most of the seeds, just go through by hand separating the buds and get the seeds out. or just take them out before you get medicated.

bobbyhopefeild
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any oz of weed that had more than 20 seeds in it isnt worth labouring so hard over. i agree with the ealier posters/

wannaquickee
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Niko Bellick
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He owed me three hundred dollars. And yes I know it sounds odd but for whatever reason some people in east Texas refer to some schwagg as skunk if it has a really powerful smell to it. which this does. But you are all right its Mexican Schwag and thats about what a pound of it goes for around there maybe 4 or 5 up here in Dallas. I have a grow room of my own turning out beautiful buds so i have no reason to smoke schwag. I actually only smoke a small portion of what I grow and the rest my friends buy from me. And my friends know me for quality so before I sell anybody anything off this pound I would like to find an efficient way to remove the seeds and stems.

Milesmkd
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dude just make hash. The bubble bags will screen every single seed out! All you will have is delisious hash. Even if its wack weed the hash will always still be good.

Niko Bellick
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Dwezelitsame
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Milesmkd
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no you get about 17 percent of the weight. So almost an ounce. Alot better smoking this then smoking mexican shit.. I get that in cali. I dont touch the stuff but we call it STRESS. Reason we call it that is because it will stress you out pulling all them seeds, and nasty shit out. Also gives you a nasty head ache.

Niko Bellick
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Well I was thinking about investing in bubble bags for future grows anyways, I might give it a try. Maybe even keep all those seeds and find a place to sow them once spring gets here.

tafbang
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john pickle
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Well I was thinking about investing in bubble bags for future grows anyways, I might give it a try. Maybe even keep all those seeds and find a place to sow them once spring gets here.

now youre thinking, i dont think u got screwed at all man.

good job squeezing lemons.

Niko Bellick
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now youre thinking, i dont think u got screwed at all man.

good job squeezing lemons.

Yup you guys helped me look at it from a different perspective. My fiances friend just tried some and said she couldnt stop coughing from the crap so it looks like hash is the way to go. Plus itll be a new experience as ive never made or smoked it.

Niko Bellick
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no you get about 17 percent of the weight. So almost an ounce. Alot better smoking this then smoking mexican shit.. I get that in cali. I dont touch the stuff but we call it STRESS. Reason we call it that is because it will stress you out pulling all them seeds, and nasty shit out. Also gives you a nasty head ache.

Yeah Ive always wondered why schwag gives that horrible headache? Lack of nute flushing before harvest or something?

tafbang
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smoking too much plant matter and dirt rather than THC which has the effects of pain relief. so more of that dirt = dirt > thc

Milesmkd
Active Member

Yeah Ive always wondered why schwag gives that horrible headache? Lack of nute flushing before harvest or something?

That, including nasty pestisides, along with dried mildew spores and a number of other things.. You wont regret the hash bro. Turn trash to stash!

brownbearclan
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Either turn the whole chunk into hash or do the old school de-seeding method. (Back when our weed had seeds anyway lol.)

-Break it all up, just go nuts and tear that shit up.
-Spread it out on a big ass piece of cardboard or whatever and then tilt one end up then lightly tap on it and gently shake it.
-All the seeds will roll downhill, use a credit card to fold the weed over and over to free up more seeds to roll away.

Seeing as how it’s just shwaggety shwank you could even just ISO hash the whole thing:

-Break it all up pretty good.
-Put it in the freezer for a few hours.
-Cram that shit into a big glass jar, like a pickle jar.
-Pour in an inch or two of some 91% Isopropal alcohol. (Red Label usually.)
-Shake it up with the lid on for 3-5 minutes.
-Strain through a fine metal screen. (Not plastic, not a coffee filter.)
-Let it evap and or use a blow dryer on it in a well ventilated area. (Bathroom with fan on works good.)
-Scrape up your reward.

Niko Bellick
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Either turn the whole chunk into hash or do the old school de-seeding method. (Back when our weed had seeds anyway lol.)

-Break it all up, just go nuts and tear that shit up.
-Spread it out on a big ass piece of cardboard or whatever and then tilt one end up then lightly tap on it and gently shake it.
-All the seeds will roll downhill, use a credit card to fold the weed over and over to free up more seeds to roll away.

Seeing as how it’s just shwaggety shwank you could even just ISO hash the whole thing:

-Break it all up pretty good.
-Put it in the freezer for a few hours.
-Cram that shit into a big glass jar, like a pickle jar.
-Pour in an inch or two of some 91% Isopropal alcohol. (Red Label usually.)
-Shake it up with the lid on for 3-5 minutes.
-Strain through a fine metal screen. (Not plastic, not a coffee filter.)
-Let it evap and or use a blow dryer on it in a well ventilated area. (Bathroom with fan on works good.)
-Scrape up your reward.

Ive heard that the alcohol way of making hash leaves a bad taste to it? And as of last night I got on ebay and had a full set of bubble bags sent to my friends house, should be there this coming week!

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