What to Do With Your Weed Stems: Easy & Creative Ideas

Sitting with a pile of weed stems and not sure how to put them to good use? Our comprehensive guide dives straight into ingenious and eco-friendly ways to repurpose your cannabis remnants. From homemade paper and healing topicals to garden mulch and tantalizing teas, we’ve compiled the best ideas on what to do with weed stems, ensuring nothing goes to waste. Of course you should take care to adhere to your local laws with weed stems, we strongly advise against using them in an illegal way.

The Lowdown

  • Don’t toss those weed stems! You can craft hemp paper, infuse culinary creations, and use them as compost or mulch in gardening.
  • Beware of smoking stems—it’s harsh and not very effective. Instead, make hemp wick or use the stems for teas and edibles if you live in a place where that's legal.
  • Weed stems are useful for more than just getting high; they’re also great for making DIY skincare topicals and everyday items.

Unlocking the Potential of Leftover Weed Stems

image of lots of stems on a cannabis plantimage of lots of stems on a cannabis plant
Stalks galore! Too bad these stems contain hardly any cannabinoids.

When the last of the buds have been consumed, a pile of marijuana stems often remains, and it’s tempting to just toss them aside. However, these robust leftovers have more to offer than meets the eye. From the artistic to the practical, weed stems can be repurposed in ways that benefit not only ourselves but the environment as well.

Whether you fancy yourself a crafty creator, a kitchen wizard, or a gardening guru, there’s something here for everyone, just to be sure to adhere to local laws.

Crafting with Cannabis: From Hemp Paper to Art

Envision repurposing weed stems into exquisite sheets of hemp paper or delicately woven art pieces. You need a boat-load of stems but you can initiate the process by blending equal portions of stems and paper with water, then spread the resulting pulp on a mesh screen for drying. With a bit of patience, you’ll have eco-friendly paper to write on, wrap gifts, or create unique art projects.,

Many rolling papers are made with hemp, most notably Raw Organic Connoisseur King Size and Kush Pink Ultra Thin King Size.

Yet, the crafting possibilities extend beyond this. The fibers from decorticated stems can be turned into handmade jewelry, hats, or even chic small bags. The possibilities are as boundless as your imagination.

Image of naturally made hemp paper from above on a wooden table.Image of naturally made hemp paper from above on a wooden table.
Stronger than wood-based paper and can withstand more folding, Hemp Paper has super strong natural fibers

Culinary Creations: Infusing Flavors with Stems

Switching gears, let’s explore the culinary potentials of stems. Decarboxylated stems, those that have been toasted in the oven to activate their cannabinoids, can infuse a subtle aura of cannabis into your cooking. Imagine your next batch of cookies or a comforting cup of tea elevated with a hint of cannabis flavor. Just be sure to stay on the right side of law and avoid doing this in countries where cooking with cannabis is illegal.

Employing a crock pot enables you to carefully extract the essence of these stems into oils, creating an alcohol-free base for numerous cannabis-infused delicacies. Be sure to check your local laws before cooking with Cannabis stems.

chocolate chip cookies and small buds of cannabis.chocolate chip cookies and small buds of cannabis.
Many 'Cookies' strains we're named after Girl Scout Cookies because the strain is said to have a terpene aroma similar to freshly baked cookies. Weed and cookies; a combination made in heaven.

Home Gardening: Mulch and Compost from Cannabis Plant Material

For avid gardeners, these remaining weed stems can prove to be an invaluable resource. Chopped up and spread around your plants, these stems act as a natural mulch, conserving moisture and slowly releasing nutrients back into the soil.

It’s a perfect example of the cannabis plant’s lifecycle coming full circle, with each part supporting new growth and contributing to a thriving garden ecosystem.

Stems can be made into compost, just chop or shred them up and add them with your usual mixture, just be sure to match the Ph.

Can You Smoke Weed Stems?

The short answer is you shouldn't, despite the temptation to smoke weed stems, we would strongly advise against it in countries where it's legal to smoke cannabis. Here’s why:

  1. Smoking stems can result in a less than pleasant experience.
  2. It can be harsh on your throat and lungs, and may trigger headaches.
  3. The THC content in stems is lower than in buds, which means the effects are often negligible.
  4. The smoke itself contains compounds best left uninhaled.

Rest assured, there exist alternative methods to derive enjoyment from these remnants without resorting to smoking or vaping, provided you live where it's legal to do so. It is reported that stem barks from cannabis plants contain between 0.005% and 0.008% of cannabinoids, which is a super low concentration!

Creating Your Own Hemp Wick

close up of Ali Bongo's Hemp Wick showing the hemp fibres coated in beeswaxclose up of Ali Bongo's Hemp Wick showing the hemp fibres coated in beeswax
Our own Ali Bongo Hemp Wick, crafted from organic hemp fibres and coated in natural bees wax. Clean, eco-friendly and prevents you from inhaling butane from your lighter.

Crafting your personal hemp wick is one such method. By twisting the fibers from the longest stems and dipping them in beeswax, you create a natural alternative to butane lighters.

This homemade hemp wick not only burns cleaner but also provides a more controlled flame for lighting your next joint or bong bowl, ensuring that you taste only the good stuff.

Fancy taking the hard work away and just purchasing some hemp wick? Our own Ali Bongo Hemp Wick is super cost-effective, waterproof and can burn for up to 2 hours with 6 metres of length!

Alternatives to Smoking: Tea and Other Edibles

cannabis infused tea showing leaves, a mug of tea and a natural backdrop.cannabis infused tea showing leaves, a mug of tea and a natural backdrop.
In legal countries, various parts of the cannabis plant (including stems) can be prepared to make a cannabis-infused tea.

If you’re not inclined towards smoking cannabis and live in a legal cannabis climate, how about brewing a cup of tea instead? Cannabis stem tea should only be made where legal and can offer a soothing experience, and when combined with a binding agent like coconut milk, it may even bring about mild psychoactive effects.

Aside from brewing teas, in legal countries, those decarboxylated stems are also fantastic for crafting cannabutter, which can then be used in a multitude of edibles, from brownies to savory dishes.

DIY Topicals: Soothe Your Skin with Cannabis

cannabis balms in small metal containers with a classic style cannabis leaf on top.cannabis balms in small metal containers with a classic style cannabis leaf on top.
Cannabis balms have become increasingly popular in recent years and has been a relief for many ailments in many users.

Venturing into personal care, these leftover weed stems can be a vital component in your upcoming DIY skincare product. Topicals made from cannabis, such as lotions and balms, are celebrated for their anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. By infusing stems with oils and beeswax, you can concoct a balm that moisturizes dry skin, reduces acne inflammation, and even combats signs of aging—all while staying non-psychoactive, but keep on the right side of the law and follow an expert guide.

The Alchemist's Corner: Transforming Stems into Gold

cannabis extract in a small container. It looks orange in colour and very waxy, almost like wet sugar.cannabis extract in a small container. It looks orange in colour and very waxy, almost like wet sugar.
The term 'Cannabis extracts' refers to a large range of different products that typically contain highly concentrated levels of cannabinoids.

Embracing the spirit of alchemy, we convert the ordinary into the extraordinary. Although stems have less THC than flowers, they can (in legal countries) still be fashioned into hash or tinctures, creating potent concentrates that capture the essence of the plant, aslong as done legally.

This represents a more refined strategy of making use of these frequently underestimated parts of the cannabis plant, including the cannabis flower in legal conditions.

Bubble Hash Mastery

Creating bubble hash is one of the most sophisticated techniques. This process requires freezing the stems, agitating them in ice water, and then collecting the precious trichomes through mesh screens. The result is a pure, potent hash that’s ready to be dried and pressed, a true treasure made from the scraps of your stash. Bubble Bags are the ideal tool for this, but remain on the right side of the law, using cannabis for extraction in the UK remains illegal.

Tincture Techniques

In countries where using cannabis in legal many cannabis aficionados will recognise that tinctures provide a unique form of alchemical transformation. By soaking decarboxylated stems in high-proof infused alcohol and letting the mixture sit, you’re left with a potent extract that can be used in controlled doses provided its done in legal countries.

It’s a process that’s both simple and effective, turning those spare stems lying around into liquid gold.

Practical Applications: Everyday Items from Cannabis Stems

cannabis stems still attached to a living plant showing the fibrousity of them.cannabis stems still attached to a living plant showing the fibrousity of them.
Cannabis stems are incredibly fibrous and burn much hotter than flower, there are many uses for them, but you shouldn't really smoke them, even in legal countries.

However, the uses of stems aren’t confined to consumption alone. Those sturdy stems can also be turned into everyday tools and items, adding a splash of sustainability to your lifestyle by choosing to save stems.

From crafting unique pens to using them as kebab skewers for your next barbecue, the practical applications of cannabis stems are as diverse as they are ingenious.

Reimagining Leftover Stems in Beverages

Yearning for more stem usage ideas? Let’s delve into beverages. Whether it’s a tea infused with the subtle nuances of cannabis or a high-proof alcohol enriched with decarboxylated stems, there are ways to sip and savor the flavors of cannabis without ever lighting up. Just remember to consume these potent potions responsibly and only in places where legal, as their effects can be quite powerful. Some beverage ideas include:

  • Cannabis-infused tea
  • High-proof alcohol enriched with decarboxylated stems
  • Cannabis-infused cocktails
  • Cannabis-infused smoothies
  • Cannabis-infused coffee

Enjoy these beverages responsibly in legal conditions and savor the flavors of cannabis without smoking.


From the artistry of crafting to the chemistry of concocting tinctures, we’ve explored a myriad of ways to give new life to leftover weed stems. These sustainable ideas not only help minimize waste but also allow us to appreciate the full potential of the cannabis plant. We encourage you to experiment with these concepts, tailoring them to your interests and needs, and to always enjoy the fruits of your labor responsibly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you supposed to grind the stems of weed?

No, you are not supposed to grind the stems of weed because they have low concentrations of THC and may taste unpleasant (and are unlikely to get you high anyways). But if you really want to smoke them, it's best to grind them up to somewhat improve the taste, although the high won't be significant and this must be done only where legal to do so.

Can you really get high from smoking weed stems?

Smoking weed stems can be harsh and unpleasant with little to no significant effects because the concentration of THC is much lower than in the buds.

Is it safe to use homemade cannabis topicals on my skin?

Yes, it is safe to use homemade cannabis topicals on your skin, as long as you consult with a doctor first and test a small amount first to make sure there's no adverse reaction. Enjoy the benefits of the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties where legal and safe to do so.

How long does it take to make a cannabis tincture with stems?

It typically takes a few weeks to make a cannabis tincture with stems. Store the mixture in a dark place and shake it periodically for proper extraction or use a tumbler machine.

Are there any health benefits to drinking cannabis stem tea?

Yes, cannabis stem tea may have health benefits such as calming effects and potential relief for conditions like anxiety, depression, and insomnia but it is always best to consult with a doctor first and ensure you're using cannabis legally. However, the effects can vary depending on the strain and preparation, so take precautions.