Cannabis Stem Tea: What It Is And How To Make It BY ELMIRA HADZHYKHANOVA

cannabis stem tea on wooden tray

Brewing a batch cannabis stem tea is a great way to use all the dregs that are left over after you’re done picking your marijuana buds apart.

Plus, it’s a quick, easy, and environmentally friendly way to pull all the cannabinoids out of every inch of your plant matter.

In this article, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana introduce you to the world of stem tea. Along the way, we’ll reveal the history, benefits, and side effects of this wonderful weed drink and give you an easy recipe for brewing stem tea at home.

What Is Cannabis Stem Tea?

cannabis plant matter in glass tea pitcher

Cannabis stem tea is weed tea made exclusively with leftover stems that you can’t use in other methods of ingestion.

As you’ll see in the recipe section of this article, all it really takes to whip up a pot of tea (pun intended) is boiling water, patience, and, of course, weed stems.


Weed tea has been around for a LONG time. Chinese emperor Shennong is rumored to have discovered the health benefits of weed tea more than 4,000 years ago.

From there, the tradition of boiling various parts of the marijuana plant for medicinal and recreational benefits spread to India, Egypt, and eventually across the pond to the Caribbean.

It remained a popular — albeit, often-overshadowed — method of consumption because it’s easy to do, it’s discreet, and it doesn’t require any complicated tools like a bong, a dab rig, or even rolling papers.


The benefits you’ll feel from this tea depend on what type of marijuana strain you use during the boiling process.

For the most part, regardless of whether you choose a THC or CBD strain, you’ll experience a calming, sedative effect from your stem tea.

You might also feel other benefits, including relief from:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea

Stem tea really is a quick and easy way to get the medicinal perks you need to make it through the day.

Will Stem Tea Get You High?

The simple answer is…maybe — and only if you use a THC strain to steep your brew. Whether or not you get high depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Your body composition
  • Your tolerance to THC
  • The amount of stems you use in the boiling process
  • Whether or not you use a binding agent
  • The quality of the cannabis plant you got the stems from
  • The THC percentage in the original plant

Obviously, if you use a high-CBD strain in your stem tea, you won’t get high at all (only THC creates a psychedelic effect).

Chances are, even if you use a high-THC strain to brew some tea, you may only feel a slight difference in reality. Stems contain a lot less THC — and we mean A LOT less — than other parts of the plant.

So if you’ve been hitting the chronic on a regular basis, you probably won’t feel a thing. If this is your first time dating Mary Jane, your reality might shift a bit.

But it certainly won’t be as earth-shattering as it would be if you smoked a blunt or gnoshed a brownie.

And if you forego the binding agent completely and just steep the stems in hot water, there’s zero chance you’ll get high. Actually, there’s zero chance you’ll feel anything because the cannabinoids won’t reach your brain.

We’ll clarify that in the next section.

How To Make Cannabis Stem Tea

cannabis stems being made into tea


  • Stems from your favorite THC or 



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