Whether you grow marijuana yourself or you buy from a dispensary, you’re likely to be familiar with what is known in the marijuana community as “trim.” After marijuana has been harvested for consumption, marijuana trimmers must remove as many of the seeds and stems as possible, leaving you with only the marijuana flower, which you can smoke, vaporize, and do so much more with.
Save Your Marijuana Trim But Don’t Smoke It
Although the trim isn’t nearly as potent as the marijuana flower, there are still some cannabinoids (active chemical compounds found in marijuana) in there. Without those seeds and stems, marijuana nugs become more attractive to consumers and easier to use. Who needs to the headache of trimming their own flower themselves? Plus, you do not want to be smoking marijuana trim because it will be very harsh to smoke with very little potency.
So, what can you do with marijuana trim that doesn’t involve throwing it in the trash? Here’s how you can make the most out of your marijuana trim.
Marijuana Trim Contains Therapeutic Compounds
When you buy marijuana flower from your local dispensary, you’re buying the part of the plant that contains the most cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, all of which contribute the marijuana’s therapeutic and psychoactive properties. Tiny resinous hairs on the marijuana flower are called trichomes. This is where all of the important compounds are found, that is why storage and careful handling of marijuana flower are of utmost importance.
Marijuana trim, like seeds and stems, contain very few trichomes, which can add up if you store them properly in a cool, dark, and airtight space. When you’re ready to remove the trichomes from your marijuana trim, here’s how you can do it:
How to Prepare Your Marijuana Trim
One way to remove the good stuff from your trim is to cook it with your favorite fats. Many people like to toast their trim beforehand to convert the acidic THCA compound into the psychoactive THC which gives you that euphoric feeling when smoked or vaporized. If that seems like a hassle, you can simply add your ground marijuana trim to a fat (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.) at an equal ratio and cook it for anywhere from two to eight hours.
A crockpot is ideal for this cooking method, but you can also painstakingly cook it over a stove, making sure to constantly stir the mixture. When your mixture begins to turn green, that’s when you know the marijuana is infusing well. The greener it is and the longer it’s cooked, the more potent it will be. When done, make sure to strain the mixture and store it in a cool and dry place away from minors.
Another way to use marijuana trim is to use a high-proof alcohol like vodka or Everclear. If you’re interested in toasting your marijuana trim first, you can set your oven at a low temperature and toast it for half an hour. Once it’s been toasted, immerse your trim into the alcohol and shake it gently. Let it sit for a couple of weeks in a cool and dry location. Make sure you shake it at least three times a day to enhance the infusion process. After straining the mixture, you can use a dropper to test its effects. Potency will depend on many things, but it should take no more than an hour to feel the effects. Use it in your food, alcoholic drinks, sublingually, or anything else you can think of.
These are the easiest ways to remove those powerful trichomes from your excess marijuana trim. If you trim your plant yourself or see trim for sale at your local dispensary, you can take full advantage of these pieces of the marijuana plant and make tons of marijuana edibles.
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