The benefits of being able to grow your own marijuana are plentiful, not the least of which include the influx of trim you will surely have post-harvest. And though trim is certainly not as potent (or pretty) as the bud you might purchase from a dispensary, its value should not be overlooked.
What is Trim?
Trim is any part of the cannabis plant that is removed during the manicure process. Trim is typically collected just after harvest (though many fan leaves may be removed prior to this) as you work to shape your buds into attractive little nuggets of joy. Any part of the plant containing trichomes should be kept for later use including larger leaves (even the ones with only a few trichomes) as these still contain terpenes and cannabinoids which affect both flavor and therapeutic value.
For most hobby growers, cannabis trim is something that usually ends up on the compost heap or in the bin. Yet this is a wasted potential. Although cannabis trim is nowhere near as potent as bud, it still contains cannabinoids. If you are willing to make the effort, it is possible to extract these, giving you a way to get the most out of your entire plant. So here are a few ideas to turn your waste into a wonder.
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.
Making hash is another great option for using up your trim. This process will separate the trichomes from the rest of the trim and form a strong concentrate, providing you have a massive amount of trim at hand. The trichomes are small glands found on the buds and leaves of cannabis plants and produce cannabinoids such as THC. Hash is a concentrate, so if you use enough trim it will most likely produce stronger effects than the average joint rolled with buds alone. However, the high is often quite clear and mentally stimulating.
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.
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.
Cannabis plant leaves are a great source of protein, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids. Add some cannabis trimmings into a juicer together with other favorite ingredients to take in the nutritional benefits of the plant as well as some CBD. Consuming raw cannabis provides many health benefits!
Put it on Your Skin
Using cannabis in topical ointments or salves has been shown to be very beneficial for skin health. The CBDs that exist in your trim (without decarboxylation) have antioxidant properties. This leads many to use cannabis creams for their anti-aging properties. Also, many use topical cannabis products such as ointments to relieve joint pain and muscle aches.
Make Cannabis Tea
Trimmings can be used to make cannabis tea to give you the medicinal benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids. It won’t get you high, but you’ll still enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the plant when you consume it as a tea. On the other hand, if you want to get high from tea, there’s also the option of decarboxylating it first.
The above examples are just a few ways that you can make the most from what you harvest. What to do with weed trimmings doesn’t have to be a hard decision. Be creative with your cannabis trim and try new things!
[Updated, originally published 13.11. 2017]