After harvesting your cannabis crop and performing a manicure on your beautiful bounty of buds, you can find yourself left with enough trim to fill up a couple of large bags.
So what to do with it? Throw it in the bin? Certainly not! Place it in the compost pile? A slightly more useful approach, but still not optimal. There is a far better use for these leftover leaves. Read on if you want to know what you can do with it.
Although trim may seem useless, and you probably won’t want to stuff them into a bowl or joint and fire them up instead of your dank harvest, they do still contain an amount of cannabinoids and are key ingredients to several cannabis-containing recipes. Here are just a few options on how to invest your trim after completing a harvest.
Most of the following applications for your trim will require you to decarboxylate your material. This is the process of heating your trim to the point where acids inside the plant are converted into active cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.
Decarboxylate Your Trim
Like cannabis buds, your stems, trim, and other material will need to be decarboxylated in order to produce the best edibles you can.
After decarboxylation, store the cannabis material in a glass, airtight jar (or container) in a cool, dark cupboard. If you are planning to use the decarboxylated trim right away for edibles, you may do so.
In my own opinion, the most efficient way to make cannabis fat infusions is with a slow cooker and the double-boiler method. This ensures no burning (of the cannabis, or fat), as well as retaining a very consistent temperature throughout the infusion process.
Cannabis can be infused into:
- Cooking Oils (Olive/Canola Etc)
- Coconut Oil
- Duck Fat
- Bacon Grease
Just to name a few.
You will also need cheesecloth (or micron filter) to strain the fat through as well as a container to strain your infused fat back into. I usually use the container that the fat originally came in, such as a jar of coconut oil.
Once you have infused your cannabis trim into a fat, get creative and think of snacks or meals that contain this fat.
Making Cannabis Edibles
Although many cannabis consumers do not think past the brownie or cookie when edibles are mentioned, cannabis edibles are highly versatile and just about anything can be infused with cannabis.
Some of the best tasting edibles I have ever made are dishes such as curries, pizza dough, gingerbread, waffles, meatballs, and fried chicken. The options for cannabis-infusions are almost endless.
Many of you enjoy venturing beyond the everyday smoke and vape every now and often enter the realm of cannabis edibles. Cannabutter is a fundamental ingredient to so many of those edible recipes: from brownies, cakes or biscuits, to sauces, spreads and dressings. If you happen to enjoy edibles, putting your trim to use in this domain is a fantastic option.
Cannabutter requires about 100g of butter, 100ml of water and 100g of ground up trim. Mix these ingredients and simmer for about half an hour. Strain and store in your fridge, where the mixture will become solid and separate from the water. Remove the excess water and what will be left is a solid block of yellow-green butter, ready to be used in a whole array of edibles.
Put It In Your Tea
Here’s a little bit of a simpler solution when wondering what to do with trim leaves: just put it in your tea!
This method won’t get you stoned, but it can unlock some of the powers of CBD, such as anxiety and stress relief.
So if you’re looking for more of a subtle, relaxing method of utilizing your weed trim, you might want to just go ahead and put in in your tea. It might prove to be the perfect combination.
Make Your Own Hash
Hash, or hashish, is one of the oldest forms of marijuana concentrates in the book, and that could be partially attributed to the fact that it’s easily made out of weed trim. So if you’re looking to get as high as possible, and still don’t know what to do with trim leaves, hash could be your best bet.
The tricky part about making hash is separating the trichomes from the weed trim. However, extracting it is similar to a standard decarboxylation process.
First, grab your weed trim and place it on a silk screen over a piece of wax paper. Then, simply use your hands to physically move the trim around so that the trichomes come apart from the leaves. When the trichomes fall off, use a scraper or some sort of similar tool to scrape it all together. Then, with the use of a pollen press, you can compress it into hash. Easier said than done, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll always have a fool-proof plan for what to do with trim leaves.
Cannabis Milk, Anyone?
When thinking of what to do with weed trim, making your own cannabis milk could be another viable option.
And yes, cannabis milk is a real thing.
Making cannabis milk is actually super easy to do. First, heat up your milk until it begins to simmer. Then, add your cannabis trimmings.
This part might require a bit of stamina, but it’s well worth. Stir the milk for about 30-40 minutes, until the complexion turns into a yellowish-green. Strain the trimmings out, and put it in a container. You can store in the refrigerator for as long as the original milk-expiration date says.
MAKING AN EXTRACT
If you have a significant amount of trimmings, you could choose to create an extract such as BHO (butane hash oil) using a solvent extraction tube. The end result here won’t be incredibly potent but will provide a stash for when you fancy something a bit lighter or if you have no alternative.
Other equipment needed to make BHO, includes butane, 2 pyrex dishes, a heating pad, a scraper and a container. Making BHO can be risky though, since you will be dealing with highly flammable solvent. It’s therefore important to fully educated yourself beforehand to avoid any serious accidents.
- 170 Grams Jello (Your Choice of Flavour!)
- 28 Grams Plain Gelatin
- 1/4 Cup Cannabis Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Water
- Combine the water and oil in a pan and heat on low until steam begins to rise
- Add gelatin and ensure it is fully dissolved
- Now, add jello and heat on low while stirring for 6-7 minutes
- Transfer to moulds and chill.
Cannabis Chocolate Fudge
- 1 Cup Cannabis Coconut Oil (Unmelted This Will Weigh Approx 227 grams)
- 1 Cup (250ml) Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- Maple Syrup, Raw Honey OR Other Natural Sweeteners (To Taste)
- Line a bread pan with parchment paper
- Place melted coconut oil into a bowl with cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract
- Add sweetener (maple syrup/raw honey etc)
- Taste mixture to ensure it is sweet enough
- Transfer mixture to your lined bread pan
- Spread fudge evenly and refrigerate for 4-5 hours