How to use cannabis trim: 5 ways without wasting

Don’t throw out those weed clippings! Put ‘em to good use

Trimming cannabis can create create a lot of waste. Unless, of course, you can save 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. And it all still contains trichomes, in varying degrees. Weed trimmings also have 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.

But first, what kind of trimmings are we talking about? First, you have your sugar leaves.  Those are the leaves found closest to the bud. They’re glittery and coated in trichomes, and they’re great for making kief, hash, rosin and edibles.

The fan leaves are the bigger, five-fingered leaves of the plant. Though they might not contain as many trichomes as their little sugar siblings, you can still make use of them. From cannabutter to topicals, fan leaves are the unsung heroes of the cannabis plant.

How about those stems? Yep, save them too. We’ll get into those in a minute.

What To Do With All of Your Weed Trimmings

Sugar Leaves

Those sugar leaves are good for lots of things, but they’re most likely best for making kief and hash. If you’re using a trimming machine, the kief is already made for you. Otherwise you can just rub your sugar leaves over some silk screen mesh and you’re all set.

But, since hash is a little more valuable than kief, that’s what we’re going to focus on here. If you’ve never made hash before, there are different ways to go about it. But this might be the most basic, easiest way how. And it produces the most hash than any other method in the least amount of time.

Note: There is no wrong way to do this. Use however much water, ice and leaves as you see fit.

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  • Blender
  • Silkscreen mesh
  • 2 mason jars
  • Coffee filter


  • Sugar leaves
  • Ice
  • Water


  • 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.
  • Enjoy!
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Fan leaves

We’re not through with those sugar leaves yet. But 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 difference. 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. But if you’re creative, there’s actually a lot you can do with them. 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 those weed stems is by infusing them into a soothing tea.

Cannabis stem tea
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  • Baking tray
  • Parchment Paper
  • Teapot
  • Tea bags


  • Water
  • 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.
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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 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:

Pot Brownies

What’s more classic than pot brownies? Try out that trim-infused cannabutter with our tried-and-true brownie recipe.

Cannabis Nutella

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 lose yourself into the best plate of nachos you’ve ever had. It’s cheesy, it’s gooey, it’s delicious. You won’t want to share.

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