Cannabis leaves are not waste material! In fact, you can do just as much with them as you do with your buds. In this article, you will learn the many different things you can do with your cannabis leaves, meaning you get to enjoy every last bit of your cannabis garden.
Did you know that your cannabis leaves contain just as much medicine as the rest of your plant? If you are growing your own buds right now, and the time is arriving to trim, dry and cure, don’t throw away your leaves! To some growers, the leaves and stems are waste material from the grow, but this doesn’t have to be the case.
In fact, you can use your cannabis leaves in a variety of different ways, allowing you to get the absolute most out of your grow. Traditionally, the different parts of the cannabis plant were used for different reasons and this is still so today. The leaves of your cannabis plant are not completely useless, and we are going to teach you how to take complete advantage of your growing endeavor.
Can you smoke cannabis leaves?
The leaves in question here are the bigger fan leaves that come off first during trimming. There are smaller leaves on the cannabis plant, called sugar leaves, which are covered in trichomes, making them generally high in THC content. Some growers will leave the sugar leaves on their buds to avoid losing any potency. They do, however, cause the smoke itself to be stronger and less smooth.
The fan leaves that are characteristic to the personality of cannabis, however, are not usually smoked. Fan leaves are lower in THC content and usually bare of trichomes. They are not ideal for smoking, and there are much better ways to use them:
1. Use leaves to make edibles
A great way to use a bag full of leaves is to use them in edibles. They work great in edibles, and you can extract most of the potency out through the cooking process. The good news about leaves is that you are usually left with a lot – more than enough to make a decent batch of cookies. Your stems are also great to add to cannabutter.
2. Make cannabis tea with the leaves
The cannabinoids present in cannabis are soluble in fats, rather than water. This means you don’t have to stop at cannabutter. You can also make tea with your cannabis leaves. Put them in a pot of milk and simmer for a few minutes, letting the flavours and smells come out into your tea. It is good medicine for the mind and body.
3. Juicing your cannabis leaves
If you are yet to trim your leaves and they are still moist on the plant, there’s still time for you to juice your cannabis leaves. When you consume the leaves raw, they become superfoods. In fact, the cannabinoids in cannabis are absorbed much easier by the body when it is consumed raw. So don’t let your leaves dry out after you trim them. Put them in a blender with whatever other ingredients you love to add to smoothies (like coconut milk and a banana), and you have yourself the perfect morning smoothie.
4. Sprinkle the leaves on your pizza
Your dried cannabis leaves work exactly the same way oregano does! Once they have been dried and ground up, you can use the leaf as a herb. They add nutritional value to your food and for someone with a keen taste for cannabis, the taste will be welcomed. You’re free to sprinkle dried cannabis leaves on your pasta, your salads and even your breakfast.
5. Making hash or hash oil with leaves
There are growers who keep their garbage bags full of cannabis leaves and use them to make hash or oil. It’s a perfect way to suck every last bit of goodness out of the cannabis leaves and into your body. You can make hash/kief with leaves the exact same way you would make hash with your buds – with bubble bags, for example.
6. Leaves make great tincture
Tincture is a great way to make something unique with your cannabis leaves, that requires little to no effort at all. Soak your leaves in some alcohol for at least four weeks. After the weed has been soaking for some time, open the bottle or jar and allow some of the alcohol to evaporate. This will further concentrate your tincture. Strain and voila! You have cannabis tincture.