Stop! Do not throw out those weed clippings!
Trimming cannabis can create create a lot of waste. Unless, of course, you can turn that by-product into stuff you can actually use. What is cannabis trim? Basically, it’s all of the plant matter you clip away from your bud. Interestingly, these trims still contain trichomes in varying degrees. Weed trimmings still possess terpenes and cannabinoids. While the potency might not be quite as high as what’s present in the cola, it’s actually worth hanging onto.
What cannabis trims should I save?
Firstly, let’s identify what kind of trimmings are we talking about.
Sugar Leaves: Sugar leaves are found close to the bud. They’re glittery and coated in trichomes. These leaves are great for making kief, hash, rosin and weed edibles.
Fan Leaves: These leaves are the bigger. These leaves are the classic five-fingered leaves of the cannabis plant. They do not contain as many trichomes as their little sugar siblings. However, you can still make excellent use of these beautiful cannabis plant leaves. From cannabutter to topicals, fan leaves are the unsung heroes of the cannabis plant.
Stems: These are the long cylinder stalks of the cannabis plant. Yes, these stems can be used to make excellent THC extracts as well.
How do I use these weed trimmings?
Below is a compiled list of ways that you can maximize use of your cannabis trimmings. Check out these methods to stretch your cannabis and use several different parts of the marijuana plant. Scroll through the following list to see how each part is used.
Sugar Leaves: These leaves are good for lots of things. Notably, they’re best used to make kief and hash. If you’re using a trimming machine, kief is already made for you. Otherwise, rub your sugar leaves over silk screen mesh and you’re all set.
Since hash is a little more valuable than kief, we’re going to focus on this here. If this is your first time making hash know that there are different processes to make this cannabis extract. The following recipe breaks down the easiest way to make hash. In addition, this recipe produces more hash than any other method, in the least amount of time.
Note: There is no wrong way to do this. You can use as much water, ice and leaves as you see fit.
- Silkscreen mesh
- 2 mason jars
- Coffee filter
- Sugar leaves
- Place the sugar leaves in your blender, then add water and ice.
- Blend for one minute.
- Pour the mixture through the silk screen into the mason jar. This will remove the plant matter and allow the trichomes to fall through the screen into the jar.
- Let sit for 30 minutes.
- Pour out about 2/3 of the liquid. Be careful not to disturb the trichomes.
- Place the jar in the freezer. Let sit for another 10 minutes.
- Filter the liquid again through the coffee filter into the second mason jar. The hash will collect in the paper.
- Set the hash aside somewhere safe to dry for a few days or a week.
We’re not through with those sugar leaves yet. You can actually use sugar or fan leaves (or both!) to make cannabutter or canna oil. The process is basically the same as infusing cannabis bud into oil or butter. You can use the same recipe, except for one modification. You’ll want to grind up all of those leaves before you decarboxylate them.
Use this recipe to learn how to make cannabutter with trimmings. Just substitute your cannabis trim where it calls for cannabis bud.
Want to turn those trimmings into canna oil instead? We’ve got you covered. Here’s your how-to guide. And once again, substitute decarbed trimmings instead of bud.
What To Do With Those Weed Stems
Chances are you’ve been throwing away cannabis stems for years. It’s okay. most people do. Yet, if you’re creative, there’s actually a lot you can do with these weed stems. You can grind them with your leaves when making cannabutter. You can also include them in the hash making process.
Another great way to utilize these weed stems is by infusing them into a soothing tea.
Check out this exciting recipe for weed tea!
- Baking tray
- Parchment Paper
- Tea bags
- Cannabis stems
- Grind up your stems.
- Using the baking tray and parchment paper, decarboxylate the stem pulp. (Not sure how? Find instructions here.)
- Spoon decarbed stem pulp into your tea bags.
- Heat water in your teapot to a low boil.
- Fill a ceramic mug with the water and insert filled tea bag. Allow it to steep for about 6-7 minutes.
Other Awesome Things You Can Do With Cannabis Trim
Now that you’ve got some decarbed weed trim lying around, the sky is the limit. If you’ve gone ahead and made some cannabutter or canna oil, the next step is weed edibles. You can infuse your hash into some super hash potent oil.
Which edibles are best for making with weed trim? There’s no wrong answer. Basically, anything that calls for cannabutter or canna oil.
Here are a few of our favorites:
What’s more classic than pot brownies? Try out that trim-infused cannabutter with our tried-and-true weed brownie recipe.
Who thought you could improve Nutella? By adding weed, of course. Use that canna oil you made with your trim for this easy recipe.
Infused Nacho Cheese
Get ready to dive into the best plate of nachos you’ve ever had. It’s cheesy, it’s gooey, and delicious. You won’t want to share.