Cannabis stems can sometimes seem to have no use. For stoners that smoke, most of the time these stems are simply thrown away. Hopefully, we all know that they should not be directly smoked, as this can be very harsh and will have little to no effect on you. Stick to the buds.
There are, however, various ways you can reuse cannabis stems and give them a purpose. You can turn them into hemp wick, make hash out of them, create topicals from them, and even others. For more on using cannabis stems (besides in vodka and edibles), check out this post:
In addition to those above, stems can also be used in edibles. Previously, Reefer Post has discussed how to use stems to make tea, hot cocoa, and even cannabutter. However, it’s time to cover stems and alcohol. But first, we should discuss if they are even safe to mix in the first place.
Stems Plus Vodka
Is it safe to combine cannabis stems with vodka? More specifically, is it safe to combine cannabis with alcohol? Simply put, it is safe to mix the two substances as long as you practice moderation. Never overdo it. It is best to know your limits and stick to them. Other than that, doing so will give you a blend of the two substances’ effects. How will that feel? Check out our full-length article on mixing cannabis and alcohol for more on that:
If you are going to combine the two by taking them separately, always drink first, then smoke. But if you are going to infuse them together, as in this recipe, that doesn’t matter! Also, be sure to stay hydrated with water as both cannabis and alcohol (especially alcohol) can have negative effects on someone who is dehydrated. Finally, let’s get to this recipe.
For this recipe, you will need to gather cannabis stems from breaking down buds. Gather 1/4 oz. of stems up for the right amount of potency in this infused vodka. For the alcohol, you can use any type of vodka that you desire. The more you enjoy it, the better it’ll be. Here’s a list:
- 1/4 oz. cannabis stems
- Vodka of your choice
- Glass container (a mason jar will do)
Infusing your stems with vodka is very simple. The setup will take only a minute or two, but then you will need to let the vodka and stems set for about a week. After that, it’s yours to do what you please.
Step 1: Pour
Start by dumping all of the stems into your glass container. This container can be any size, as long as it can hold all of the stems. A regular-sized mason jar works well. Once your stems are in, pour the vodka over them. You only need to pour in enough to fully submerge the stems.
Step 2: Soak
Place your vodka and stems in a dark place and let them sit there for one full week. This will allow the vodka to fully soak up the stems and allow cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) to release from the stems and infuse with the vodka.
Step 3: Strain
After a week has passed, take your container with the vodka and prepare to strain it. The goal here is to strain out all of the stems and any other matter in the vodka. A cheesecloth or coffee filter works well as a strainer. Once the vodka has been strained, it is complete!
Now you can enjoy a nice blend of cannabis and vodka with your new creation. If you enjoy making alcoholic drinks, you can use this infused vodka with any drink recipe and that drink will be infused with cannabis! It’s a win-win if you ask me. Thanks for reading!
FAQ: How To Make Cannabis Vodka With Stems
A: Since vodka is a neutral spirit, it is best to use a high-proof vodka with a neutral flavor. Vodkas that are 80-proof and higher are a good starting point.
A: To ensure that all of the cannabis flavor has been infused into the vodka, you should steep the stems in the vodka for at least one week. If you steep the stems for longer than one week, the flavor may become too intense.
A: Yes, you can use flavored vodka such as raspberry or chocolate. The cannabis flavor will mix with these flavors to create a unique taste.
A: Absolutely! Cannabis vodka can be used to make a variety of cocktails, from martinis to mojitos! You could even use it as a substitute for regular vodka in your favorite cocktail recipes.