Well, your stash is empty. You’ve emptied out your entire weed stash, smoked it over several days or weeks, and now nothing is left.
Nothing left except those pesky seeds and stems that you picked out and left behind. But it seems a shame to just throw them out. Is there anything you can actually do with these seeds and stems that might be useful?
Well, it turns out that you can do quite a lot! From reusing seeds to grow your own marijuana to even making beer with the leftover stems, the scattered detritus of your weed stash has a huge number of uses besides just your compost heap.
Here are a few things you can do with your marijuana seeds and stems to ensure you’re not wasting even one gram of your precious stash.
What Are the Seeds and Stems?
Those little scraps of seeds and stems that get leftover are far from being completely pointless; in fact, to the plant, they’re more important than the buds you just smoked!
Despite popular perception, marijuana is not actually rolled and dried cannabis leaves – though the cannabis leaves do indeed have their own THC and CBD content, they do not actually have enough to be worth smoking.
What you’re actually smoking when you light up is the dried and processed flower buds that form on the cannabis plant. The primary purpose of these buds is eventually flower and produce seeds, so as to further propagate the plant. What, did you think cannabis just magically grew on its own?
During the normal process of making sensimilla marijuana, the buds are harvested before they have a chance to produce any kind of seeds, but sometimes this process isn’t done in time, resulting in a collection of cannabis seeds still stuck in your buds.
Additionally, the growing seed buds require a series of small, twig-like supports as they grow in order to ensure they stay upright on the plant and don’t just crumble apart.
These supports are the stems remaining in your marijuana. Though they are normally separated from the final product if they’re too large – or they just get burned up with the rest of your marijuana when you smoke it – it can be common for just-large-enough pieces to fall out and settle in your marijuana storage.
So, with both marijuana seeds and stems, they perform a vital part of the plant’s life cycle. The seeds ensure the plant can breed and make more plants, whereas the stems ensure the seed buds themselves are supported.
Unfortunately, when we smoke marijuana, we don’t really care about the life cycle of the plant; we just want a good smoke, which renders the seeds and stems essentially pointless.
However, it turns out there are some things you can do with your stems and seeds that you might not have thought of.
Use Them in Crafting
This is probably one of the lesser known uses for leftover stems and seeds, but you could use them for arts and crafts projects!
In the same way that mankind uses small sticks or seeds as wattle to help make simple daub and wattle walls for homes, you can use this leftover detritus as a stabilizing ingredient in surfaces, or even in clay.
You’ll need to collect a pretty large amount of stems and seeds to really do anything with them, though.
If you’re after something more… practical to do with the small amounts of leftover seeds and stems, then consider…
Growing Your Own Marijuana With Leftover Seeds
Seeing as you’ve got all those seeds sitting there in the bottom of your weed stash, why not put them to good use?
As you may have learnt in your biology lessons, seeds are where new plants grow from. So, why not make your own marijuana plants!
To do this, you need to do two things; firstly, check your local laws! In some places, marijuana might be legal to consume but not legal to grow your own.
Secondly, you need to germinate your seeds. Germination is the initial process in a seed’s life where you change it from a brown, hard shell into something that can actually make new life.
Germination is something that needs to happen to all plant seeds in some form or another, but it’s a bit harder with marijuana seeds, primarily because of their delicate temperature requirements, and partly due to the fact that the seeds you’re working with have likely been knocked around a bit.
The easiest way to germinate your seeds is to take a plate or some other kind of simple surface that has a divot within it and insert a wet paper towel onto it.
Then, place your cannabis seeds on the wet towel and cover with another plate, or plate-like object.
This process allows the seeds to soak up water and tricks them into thinking they’ve successfully planted themselves, so they should start waking up and turning themselves into plants.
The water on the paper towels engages protective enzymes within the seeds which encourage them to dissolve the outer layers, opening the seed and allowing the first stages of new life to begin.
Some people might just put the seed right into soil to begin with, but if you do that you’ll likely find your seed dead in a day or two.
Cannabis seeds need love and care to take hold and grow properly, so careful germination is a great step to ensure the plant succeeds.
This process can take around 10 days, with a few changes of paper towels throughout, but at the end you’ll find that your seeds have shed their brown layer and have opened up. Some might even have small shoots of green!
A few of your seeds – maybe a third of them – will likely be duds, but just throw those away and move on.
Once the seeds have germinated, you can now plant them! Put them in a small planting pot with lots of drainage. A good way to improve drainage is to put gravel in the very bottom of the pot.
Keep them watered every day until, eventually, they start showing leaves through the soil and begin reaching towards the sky!
Transfer them to a new pot then; make sure they get plenty of sun and the right temperature and, before you know it, you’ll have your very own marijuana!
The process of harvesting, drying and curing your cannabis is a bit convoluted, so make sure you’ve done your research into how best to make sure you turn your cannabis plants into smokeable marijuana!
What You Can Make From Marijuana Stems
Those pesky little brown stems that sit in the bottom of your pot might seem even less than useless, but you can actually use them to make a few drinks!
That’s right, in the same fashion that mankind has been brewing and steeping whatever they can get a hold of for millennia, so to can you use your marijuana stems to make drinkable beverages!
Tea making is an art form as old as the desire to drink something other than water.
Most tea recipes using plants requires steeping leaves or other plant matter in hot water, until the essence of the plant comes out into the water. It’s basically the same process with marijuana stems; make sure they’re well separated from the leftover seeds, then put them in your tea pot or cup and pour over some hot water!
As the stems of cannabis plants are relatively sparse in actual THC or CBD content, you won’t be getting high from the tea you make. Additionally, the taste of tea brewed from plant stems is a bit… bitter, not to mention astringent.
Remember that this section is about what you can do with your stems, not what you can do that actually tastes good.
If a nice-tasting method for doing something with your cannabis stems is what you’re after, and then consider doing something that you likely never thought of…
Though it might seem pretty insane, you can make beer from your leftover stems.
This is what the brewers at Province Brands are doing with their secret recipe for cannabis beer.
Conventional beer is brewed using malted barley and other cereal grains, boiled and steeped and left to ferment, with hops added later, to create an alcoholic, hoppy drink that remains the world’s most frequently drunk alcoholic beverage.
With cannabis beer however, there is no barley, no cereals; just hops, water, and cannabis.
By using the stems, stocks and even the leaves of cannabis plants, Province Brands are able to make a beer that is gluten free, alcohol free and, best of all, gets you high.
Though we don’t know the exact recipe or mechanics behind the process, Province Brands are already setting up their brewery, allowing for a hoppy, dry and savory beer that gets you extremely high.
You could try it out for yourself! Though you will still need some actual marijuana to ensure you can transfer the THC over to the beer, you only need hops and water to ensure a hoppy, tasty marijuana edible in the form of a beer.
It might be weird, but that’s what life is all about, right?
Marijuana stems and seeds are always considered the leftover, unwanted remains of any cannabis stash.
Doomed to rot away in a bin or, at the very best, become a part of some compost heap, the seeds and stems never get to fulfill their full potential.
You can make drinks from them, grow new plants from them, or even, if you’re of a crafty disposition, use them to help make clay or other arts and crafts projects!
As the old adage goes, “waste not want not”, so make sure you put those seeds and stems to good use!