How To Remove Seeds And Stems From Weed

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Useful ways to recycle your cannabis plant. Read on if you've ever wondered what to do with left over leaves, marijuana stalks, cannabis roots and stems Ready to trim your cannabis? Learn the differences between wet and dry trimming, and how to remove excess foliage and get your cannabis buds ready for drying. So to make a long story short A guy owed me money, and being short on cash and myself short of temper he finally decided to pay me in a pound of skunk…

What to do with weed stems, stalks, leaves and roots

Many of those that grow their own cannabis seeds treasure the potent buds and simply throw away the rest of the plant. If you have ever wondered what to do with leftover leaves and stems read on for some inspiration.

How to recycle cannabis plants parts after harvest

Once you have harvested the buds from your cannabis plant you may be left asking yourself what to do with fan leaves and stems etc. Every part of the cannabis plant can be put to good use. Some parts, such as the resin coated leaves, can be used to make some bonus hash, stash or cannabis concentrates.

Grind weed stalks to make mulch for your garden

What to do with weed stems and weed stalks? Do weed stems have THC? Weed stalks don’t usually produce enough THC to get high from. In this respect, marijuana stalks are one of the less valuable leftovers from your home grow. Some strains produce trichomes on the stems but most people would struggle to capture sufficient quantities to consider e.g. hash production worthwhile. Instead, many people simply mulch the weed stalks and stems into compost.

Other ideas on what weed stems can be used for include drying/grinding them for use in baking or tea. Weed tea with stems is a treat for some growers. Can you smoke weed stems? It’s a common question but THC production from weed stems is very low. Using weed stems to make potent edible cannabis products is also not recommended for the same reason.

Make your own tea, juice or hash with fan leaves

Learning how to make weed tea with leaves is one of the more popular ways to reuse cannabis harvest left-overs. You can dry the leaves or use them freshly picked to make tea from. Some use the cannabis leaves as salad leaves, or even juice them, though the strong taste may not be to everyones liking.

Do marijuana leaves have THC? Yes they do. Often you can see trichomes (resin glands) on the fan leaves, though you may notice many more trichomes on the smaller sugar leaves in the buds. One common question from cannabis growers is ‘what to do with marijuana leaves after harvest?’. There are several fan leaf uses other than weed tea. Some learn how to make hash out of weed leaves. Others become expert in how to make weed butter with leaves.

The following links may be useful, including for those who want to know how to make weed butter with stems.

Related:
How to make cannabutter
Understanding and using cannabis leaves
What to do with already vaped weed

Blend sugar leaves in THC butter and other edibles

The uses for marijuana leaves and stems are numerous. Sugar leaves are some of the most useful. Sugar leaves are the smaller leaves that you find in your buds. They are often completely coated with a resinous layer of cannabis trichomes giving them a ‘sugary’ appearance. You can use sugar leaves to make THC butter (cannabutter) or hash (dry sift or ice hash). Or you can simply vape the sugar leaves.

Related:
Hashish. What is hash and how can you make it easily?
What are cannabis trichomes and how do they affect your smoke?

Turn cannabis roots into tea or topicals

Cannabis root tea is one of the more popular cannabis root uses. The roots are usually washed clean, dried and made into a tea. Some people dry and grind the roots to use as part of a skin/topical cream.

Amend used soils with nutrients for future plants

Even the old soil used to grow your cannabis seeds in can be reused. Many old-school growers will recycle their coco fibre or soil. Usually the soil will need amending with fresh minerals and nutrients. This is usually only recommended for experienced professionals that can lab test the soil and adjust it accordingly. Those new to cannabis seed growing are always recommended to start with fresh soil.
Organic growers will claim that organic soil is the most suitable for re-use, especially when used with slow release organic nutrients such as those from BioTabs.

Best yielding indoor and outdoor feminised seeds

Trying to use all parts of the cannabis plant is increasingly popular with those that grow their own cannabis seeds. If you do grow your own weed then you may want to focus your cultivation purely on the best yielding cannabis seeds. The following links and seed recommendations are essential reading for the yield conscious growers.

Related:
The top 5 best yielding indoor cannabis seeds
The best 5 yielding outdoor feminised cannabis seeds
The best 5 yielding autoflower seeds
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Growing cannabis with the highest THC levels is the main focus for many home growers as well as commercial growers. If you share that approach, then the next links will be well worth reading. Whatever you grow next, see if you can use the whole of the cannabis plant from your harvest and enjoy the grow!

How to trim marijuana

Some people enjoy trimming because it’s a good opportunity to connect with the plant, especially if you’ve been growing it for months. But some dread trimming because it’s so monotonous.

Whichever type you are, know that trimming even only a couple of plants will take hours, even days. Be sure to have some good albums or podcasts queued up, and it always helps to have a friend or two helping out. You’ll have plenty of bud to spare.

Why is trimming marijuana important?

Trimming removes buds from plants, cutting off branches, stems, and sugar and fan leaves. All of these are harsh to smoke and don’t contain many trichomes, although they do have a little.

When wet trimming, removing all that unnecessary plant matter also reduces the moisture content of buds, allowing for a more even dry.

Cannabis also takes on a tighter, more uniform appearance and has more bag appeal when trimmed.

Wet vs. dry cannabis trimming

There are two ways to go about trimming weed, each with pros and cons.

Wet marijuana trimming

Wet trimming happens all in one sitting: You’ll cut down the plant, cut buds off branches—called “bucking”—trim the buds, and then place them on a drying rack, where they’ll sit for a few days.

  • Removing sugar and fan leaves is easier—they get shriveled and dried up in dry trimming
  • With less moisture-filled foliage attached to the flowers, drying will happen more quickly; this can be helpful in humid climates where mold is a concern
  • If you’re tight on space, wet trimming removes a bulk of the plant in the beginning, so you don’t have to hang whole plants up to dry
  • Trimming wet will also give you a tighter and more aesthetically pleasing final product
  • Many argue that because buds are stickier when being handled, trichomes remain intact, which preserves terpenes and flavors in the final product

Wet trimming is very sticky. Trichomes will get on your fingers, your trimming shears, your body, everything. Gloves are recommended; rubbing alcohol or coconut oil is essential.

Dry marijuana trimming

With dry trimming, you’ll cut down the plant and hang the whole thing to dry for several days first. When it’s dry, you’ll buck buds off branches and trim them.

  • Keeping leaves on in the beginning makes the drying process slower; this can be great in arid climates, as a quick dry can cause excess terpene loss
  • It’s a lot less messy—trichomes harden as weed dries, reducing the amount of get-on-everything stickiness
  • Those less-sticky, less-messy trichomes are also more brittle and prone to breaking; you’ll have to handle your crop with care to preserve trichomes and THC levels
  • Hanging entire plants takes up significantly more space than if you discard excess plant material first; make sure you have adequate drying space before dry trimming

Marijuana trimming tools needed

  • Scissors (for trimming buds)
  • Pruners (helpful for big branches)
  • Comfortable chair and area
  • A clean surface, like a table
  • Tray/bowl and a clean surface
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rags
  • Proper clothes (ones that can get sticky)
  • Entertainment

How to trim cannabis buds

After you’ve set up your drying room and trimming area, and your weed plants are ready to come down, it’s time to get trimming.

Whether trimming wet or dry, the process of trimming buds is the same.

Step 1: Cut down the plant and cut off branches

Using a solid pair of pruning shears, cut off branches, breaking the plant down into smaller pieces until you get to the main stalk of the plant, which can get cut off close to the soil.

If dry trimming, you’ll hang the plant for drying now, either in its entirety or its smaller branches. Check out more on drying here.

Drying plants will be ready for trimming when stems snap and don’t bend—usually 3-7 days later.

If wet trimming, don’t worry about drying yet and go to step 2.

Step 2: Remove fan leaves

Fan leaves are the iconic cannabis leaves with five or seven points. The plant has had these leaves since it was in the vegetative stage. Fan leaves have little to no trichomes, so get rid of them.

If trimming wet, it may be quicker to gently pull these off with your hands, but they can be snipped off with scissors too. If dry trimming, you’ll need to snip them.

Step 3: Buck buds from the branch

Once fan leaves are off, cut off individual buds from branches, also called “bucking.”

Trimmers usually create a pile of buds to work on, either on a table or in a bowl or tray.

Be sure to keep a separate pile for branches, stems, and fan leaves, and compost them.

Step 4: Trim buds

Now that you’re down to just buds, get to trimming. If buds are too big, break them down into smaller buds. A giant bud might look awesome, but it won’t dry as evenly, making it susceptible to mold.

  • Trim the stem at the bottom of the bud as closely as you can without causing the bud to break down. You don’t want the stem to be exposed anywhere but at the bottom.
  • Remove the crow’s feet—these are the leaves at the bottom that look like little bird feet.
  • Trim off extra plant matter and manicure the bud. Angle your scissors and keep them moving. After a while you won’t even think about it.
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The goal is to take away everything that isn’t fully covered in trichomes. Create a uniform surface area around the buds. This includes taking down red pistils all the way to the foliage. Pistils have very little to zero trichomes.

Put all your finished buds in a separate bowl or tray.

If wet trimming, you’ll need to put your finished buds on a drying rack for a few days. If dry trimming, you’ll want to jar up your buds for curing.

Pro tips for trimming weed

Make sure to collect your trim. You can dry it too and either smoke it or use it to make edibles or other cannabis products.

Remember to wipe your scissors with alcohol or swap them out with another pair when they get covered in resin. Also, make sure to avoid shaving off large sections of the nug at once—this isn’t great for the bud and it will reduce your yield.

Some trimmers save their “finger hash” or “scissor hash,” which is resin that builds up on your fingers or scissors when trimming. This is perfectly fine to smoke, it just may be a little harsh.

Hand-trimmed vs. machine-trimmed weed

As a homegrower, you’ll most likely be trimming your weed by hand, but some do invest in machine trimmers to cut out the monotonous trimming part. Commercial growers often use machine trimmers because they process such a large quantity of buds.

Pros and cons of hand trimming marijuana

  • Cheap
  • Individual buds can be shaped to bring out the qualities of each strain
  • Issues like mold or insects can be spotted
  • It’s messy—you’ll want lots of rubbing alcohol or coconut oil around
  • Time-consuming
  • Usually have to rely on some buddies to help

Pros and cons of machine trimming marijuana

The high demand for cannabis has paved the way for new technologies and a whole range of machine trimmers. These trimmers do an incredible job of processing buds quickly, so they’re mainly used by large-scale growers producing for the low end of the market.

Highly efficient upper-level systems like the Twister T2 (~$12,000) can trim up to 19 lbs per hour, and lower-priced systems exist, such as the Trimpro Rotor ($1,750), for commercial growers. For homegrowers, there are trimmers such as the iPower ($120).

  • Easy
  • Quick and efficient, saving time and money
  • Less messy; machine trimmers collect trim easily so you use it for other products
  • Can overtrim buds
  • They knock off a lot of trichomes, affecting potency and flavor
  • Stems and seeds can still make their way into finished buds

Johanna Silver, Patrick Bennett, and Trevor Hennings contributed to this article.

Best way to remove seeds

So to make a long story short A guy owed me money, and being short on cash and myself short of temper he finally decided to pay me in a pound of skunk. Problem is it has a ton of seeds and stems. Any of you guys out there know the best way to remove seeds without spending all day doing it by hand??

BoomerBloomer57
Well-Known Member

sounds like a pound of mexican schwag.

screwed, blued and TATTED.

I’d be out hunting that rascal down. Catch and shakedown, no release till i get the grease.

How the hell can “skunk bud” be loaded with seeds?

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WeekendToker
Member

this man speaks truth.

how can skunk have so many seeds and stems?

i bet a good portion of the “bud” will be seeds and stems.

but if you really want to try to remove most of the seeds, just go through by hand separating the buds and get the seeds out. or just take them out before you get medicated.

bobbyhopefeild
Active Member

any oz of weed that had more than 20 seeds in it isnt worth labouring so hard over. i agree with the ealier posters/

wannaquickee
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Niko Bellick
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He owed me three hundred dollars. And yes I know it sounds odd but for whatever reason some people in east Texas refer to some schwagg as skunk if it has a really powerful smell to it. which this does. But you are all right its Mexican Schwag and thats about what a pound of it goes for around there maybe 4 or 5 up here in Dallas. I have a grow room of my own turning out beautiful buds so i have no reason to smoke schwag. I actually only smoke a small portion of what I grow and the rest my friends buy from me. And my friends know me for quality so before I sell anybody anything off this pound I would like to find an efficient way to remove the seeds and stems.

Milesmkd
Active Member

dude just make hash. The bubble bags will screen every single seed out! All you will have is delisious hash. Even if its wack weed the hash will always still be good.

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Niko Bellick
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Dwezelitsame
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Milesmkd
Active Member

no you get about 17 percent of the weight. So almost an ounce. Alot better smoking this then smoking mexican shit.. I get that in cali. I dont touch the stuff but we call it STRESS. Reason we call it that is because it will stress you out pulling all them seeds, and nasty shit out. Also gives you a nasty head ache.

Niko Bellick
Well-Known Member

Well I was thinking about investing in bubble bags for future grows anyways, I might give it a try. Maybe even keep all those seeds and find a place to sow them once spring gets here.

tafbang
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john pickle
Active Member

Well I was thinking about investing in bubble bags for future grows anyways, I might give it a try. Maybe even keep all those seeds and find a place to sow them once spring gets here.

now youre thinking, i dont think u got screwed at all man.

good job squeezing lemons.

Niko Bellick
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now youre thinking, i dont think u got screwed at all man.

good job squeezing lemons.

Yup you guys helped me look at it from a different perspective. My fiances friend just tried some and said she couldnt stop coughing from the crap so it looks like hash is the way to go. Plus itll be a new experience as ive never made or smoked it.

Niko Bellick
Well-Known Member

no you get about 17 percent of the weight. So almost an ounce. Alot better smoking this then smoking mexican shit.. I get that in cali. I dont touch the stuff but we call it STRESS. Reason we call it that is because it will stress you out pulling all them seeds, and nasty shit out. Also gives you a nasty head ache.

Yeah Ive always wondered why schwag gives that horrible headache? Lack of nute flushing before harvest or something?

tafbang
Well-Known Member

smoking too much plant matter and dirt rather than THC which has the effects of pain relief. so more of that dirt = dirt > thc

Milesmkd
Active Member

Yeah Ive always wondered why schwag gives that horrible headache? Lack of nute flushing before harvest or something?

That, including nasty pestisides, along with dried mildew spores and a number of other things.. You wont regret the hash bro. Turn trash to stash!

brownbearclan
Active Member

Either turn the whole chunk into hash or do the old school de-seeding method. (Back when our weed had seeds anyway lol.)

-Break it all up, just go nuts and tear that shit up.
-Spread it out on a big ass piece of cardboard or whatever and then tilt one end up then lightly tap on it and gently shake it.
-All the seeds will roll downhill, use a credit card to fold the weed over and over to free up more seeds to roll away.

Seeing as how it’s just shwaggety shwank you could even just ISO hash the whole thing:

-Break it all up pretty good.
-Put it in the freezer for a few hours.
-Cram that shit into a big glass jar, like a pickle jar.
-Pour in an inch or two of some 91% Isopropal alcohol. (Red Label usually.)
-Shake it up with the lid on for 3-5 minutes.
-Strain through a fine metal screen. (Not plastic, not a coffee filter.)
-Let it evap and or use a blow dryer on it in a well ventilated area. (Bathroom with fan on works good.)
-Scrape up your reward.

Niko Bellick
Well-Known Member

Either turn the whole chunk into hash or do the old school de-seeding method. (Back when our weed had seeds anyway lol.)

-Break it all up, just go nuts and tear that shit up.
-Spread it out on a big ass piece of cardboard or whatever and then tilt one end up then lightly tap on it and gently shake it.
-All the seeds will roll downhill, use a credit card to fold the weed over and over to free up more seeds to roll away.

Seeing as how it’s just shwaggety shwank you could even just ISO hash the whole thing:

-Break it all up pretty good.
-Put it in the freezer for a few hours.
-Cram that shit into a big glass jar, like a pickle jar.
-Pour in an inch or two of some 91% Isopropal alcohol. (Red Label usually.)
-Shake it up with the lid on for 3-5 minutes.
-Strain through a fine metal screen. (Not plastic, not a coffee filter.)
-Let it evap and or use a blow dryer on it in a well ventilated area. (Bathroom with fan on works good.)
-Scrape up your reward.

Ive heard that the alcohol way of making hash leaves a bad taste to it? And as of last night I got on ebay and had a full set of bubble bags sent to my friends house, should be there this coming week!

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