A few simple steps for making cannabis stem tea. First – decide whether or not you want to grind up your leftover cannabis stems. Next, fill up a sauce pan with 3 cups of purified water – and get that water boiling. Once the water has come to a boil, begin to stir in the cannabis stems. Stir continuously for 8 – 12 minutes. Lastly, strain and pour. Add any extra flavors you may want. Enjoy!
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.
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.