5 ways to recycle cannabis trim after harvest

  • The outdoor season has come to an end, and if you are one of those people who like to create their own Garden of Eden, by now you’ve probably already reaped the fruit of your labour.
  • Harvest is the most anticipated time of the year for cannabis growers, who can hardly wait to start cutting, drying and curing their delicious cannabis buds.
  • And more often than not, the leftovers — stems, leaves, etc. — are discarded and end up in the bin. Big mistake! Keep scrolling to find out how you can put your cannabis trim to better use.

Cannabis is a plant of many uses. In this post, we will focus on how to make the most of your leftovers after trimming:

What to do with your cannabis leftovers after trimming

1- Compost

Organic cannabis growing is gaining ground on non-organic methods that involve the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a key aspect of which is soil preparation. And that's where compost comes in. Made from organic matter, it will feed your cannabis plants helping them grow strong and healthy. So using why not using your plant waste for making compost? An environmentally friendly option that will definitely come in handy next season.

2- Creams

Cannabis has been proven to be beneficial for the skin, with various scientific studies pointing to the anti-inflammatory properties of THC and CBD when administered topically, which could be useful for the treatment of some skin diseases.

  • Antibacterial effect: Acid cannabinoids D9-THC, CBD, CBN, CBC and CBG are great antifungal and antibiotic agents.
  • Remedy for psoriasis: psoriasis is an inflammatory disease largely characterized by the abnormal production of keratinocytes, which D9-THCa, CBN and CBD are able to inhibit.

Now, a great way of using your cannabis trim is making creams for skin care, both aesthetic and therapeutic. There are various recipes you can use, ranging from the poultices used in Ayurveda as a remedy for several ailments to more sophisticated creams for skin irritation or psoriasis. Find here how to make your own cannabis cream.

3- Infusions and cannabis beverages

Making an infusion with cannabis trim is pretty easy. Infused marijuana can be either relaxing or uplifting depending on the cannabinoid composition of the strain employed. And as with every recipe containing marijuana, you should remember not to exceed the recommended dose to avoid unpleasant effects. Another good way to use leftover leaves and stems is making Bhang Lassi, a cannabis-based drink very popular in India, particularly during religious festivals. Find here how to make your own Bhang Lassi.

4- Extracts

Leftover leaves and trim are perfect for making gas extracts, aka BHO, as they contain trichomes rich in cannabinoids. With this method, the matter employed will generally result in 10% BHO, that is, for every 10 grams trim, you will get 1 gram BHO.

Extracts are gaining in popularity lately, particularly for their strong psychoactive effects. This is something that should be taken seriously prior to consumption, for BHO is not for beginners and may have a very strong effect, causing the user to have a bad experience.

And if you are considering the possibility of making the extraction on your own, you should also know the process involves handling flammable gas, so follow all security measures recommended by the manufacturer to the letter.

5- Hash

There are a number of techniques for extracting the resin from the plant matter and making top-notch hash. Needless to say, if flowers are used instead of trim, you will obtain significantly more hash, but the trichomes present in the stems and the leaflets that cover the buds are equally valid and can serve the same purpose. Find here how to make your own hash.


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