Did you know you can make tea or coffee with your leftover stems? If you have been throwing them away for years, stop! We’re about to show you a whole new way to avoid “dankruptcy.”

In many ancient cultures, every part of the animal gets used – Inuits would drink the blood of a seal and eat its flesh; native North Americans would use the buffalo down to its bones. So, too, is it important for environmentally-minded stoners to use every part of the plant – smoking the bud, brewing the stems, planting the seeds.

If you don’t drink tea or coffee, you can make hot chocolate or a similar drink – anything that you can put milk into. Keep your stems dry and safe in a glass jar, in a dark place. When you have accumulated about a quarter of a cup, try this recipe out…

Ingredients for Herbal Stem “Green” Tea

• Dry stems (optional to include leftover shake, popcorn herbs [smaller nuggets], or larger herbs for increased potency)

• 1 cup of coffee creamer (Half and Half) or milk (almond, coconut, any milk of your preference works fine)

• 3 cups of water

• Tea (or coffee) that is best with milk or cream (try chai tea or a latte)

• Raw sugar or sweetener (agave, honey or maple syrup work well)

• Cheesecloth for straining

Method Using Stems or Shake

• Using a small saucepan, bring the milk to a slow boil.

• While waiting for the milk or creamer to boil, get to work on grinding your stems and loosies as finely as possible.

• As the milk or creamer comes to a boil, add the herbal stems, all busted up. Don’t walk away yet! Slowly stir the mixture and let it boil for close to 10 minutes. Keep stirring, slowly.

• Remove the mixture from heat, letting it sit and cool slightly. Prepare your cheesecloth or a coffee/tea filter. Strain the milk and herbal mixture thoroughly. This may be a messy process, it is worth it!

• Make your tea or coffee. Combine this mixture with the herbal milk. The milk will not taste as it usually does, so make plenty of tea or coffee to dilute the milk. You may not like the taste, but you will love the effect!

• Sweeten your hot beverage as needed with sugar or sweetener. Add cinnamon or extra honey if you dislike the herb taste. Experiment as you would with tea or coffee, adding syrups or flavors.

• If you do not drink tea or coffee, try the herbal milk on its own, adding sweetener while it is still warm. Then you can make a milkshake out of it! Just add your own flavor and ice cream.

Enjoy! Feel free to roll yourself a nice joint, sit beside a warm fire, and sip tea all night long.

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