How To Remove Seeds And Stems From Weed

The latest craze to grip cannabis cultivators is splitting. Want extra frosty marijuana nuggs? If so you need to read our guide to splitting cannabis stems. Ready to trim your cannabis? Learn the differences between wet and dry trimming, and how to remove excess foliage and get your cannabis buds ready for drying. So to make a long story short A guy owed me money, and being short on cash and myself short of temper he finally decided to pay me in a pound of skunk…

A Guide To Splitting Cannabis Stems

The splitting technique has been popularised by outdoor Dutch cultivators online. Splitting stems follows similar logic to “tree ringing”. Instead of completely removing a few layers of bark from the circumference of the stem you split it with a vertical cut through the middle. Make no mistake. This is extreme high-stress training.

Splitting the stem of cannabis plants is a controversial technique buzzing around the cannabis forums of late. Outdoor ganja farmers in Colombia during the 1960’s and 70’s were reputed to “ring” cannabis stems a couple of weeks before harvest. A pocketknife is the only tool needed.

The practice is believed to have given Colombian Gold its golden nugget bag appeal. By inducing senescence to increase potency and break down chlorophyll, the method helped make the strain a legend, allegedly.

WHEN TO SPLIT

If you are going to experiment with the splitting technique, timing is crucial. Splitting the main stem of a flowering female cannabis plant 7-10 days before harvest is the window that most growers favour. Inducing high levels of stress to force the plant to produce more resin and terpenes with a split is tricking Mother Nature. Marijuana will respond to this kind of stress negatively if you split too early.

HOW TO SPLIT

Splitting cannabis plants stems doesn’t require brute force. Rather precision, preparation and the right tools for the job are de rigeur. Moreover, splitting is best suited to outdoor marijuana crops. Although, an indoor experiment can succeed following the same methodology.

First, gather up your splitting tools. Don’t worry, they are all easy to come by. You need a large, non-serrated, sharp kitchen knife, 3 pencils or kebab skewers if can get them, and some string. Next, size up your stem. Measure out an area approx 15-20cm long from just below the lowest set of branches towards the ground.

Wrap the string around the stem a few times. Tie off two pieces of string to mark the borders of the area to be split. One for the top and one for the bottom. Then carefully drive the blade through the stem.

With one hand on the handle and the other depressing the dull side of the blade slowly and as straight as possible split the stem. All the way to the lower knot. Don’t remove the blade just yet.

While the wound is still fresh and open with the blade wedged in the bottom, insert the 3 skewers to prevent it from closing. Slide out the blade and make sure your skewers are spaced out. That’s how to split the stem of a cannabis plant Dutch style.

BENEFITS OF SPLITTING

Splitting is reputed to increase the potency of marijuana and possibly boost flower production too. Hard data is difficult to come across to verify this claim. Unfortunately, all we have to confirm the effectiveness of the splitting technique is forum chatter and some YouTube vids. Albeit footage by skilled Dutch stem splitters.

In theory, this high-stress method works, and they are at least reporting positive results here in the Netherlands. Experiment with one cannabis plant as a test case if you are considering it.

DISADVANTAGES OF SPLITTING

Splitting, by its very nature, is rough treatment for cannabis plants. High stress close to completing the bloom cycle is risky. For autoflower cultivators, this technique is best avoided. Similarly, novice growers should skip splitting. Unless you’re already hitting the potency barrier, the splitting technique is unlikely to push your marijuana to produces extra potent gooey buds.

How to trim marijuana

Some people enjoy trimming because it’s a good opportunity to connect with the plant, especially if you’ve been growing it for months. But some dread trimming because it’s so monotonous.

Whichever type you are, know that trimming even only a couple of plants will take hours, even days. Be sure to have some good albums or podcasts queued up, and it always helps to have a friend or two helping out. You’ll have plenty of bud to spare.

Why is trimming marijuana important?

Trimming removes buds from plants, cutting off branches, stems, and sugar and fan leaves. All of these are harsh to smoke and don’t contain many trichomes, although they do have a little.

When wet trimming, removing all that unnecessary plant matter also reduces the moisture content of buds, allowing for a more even dry.

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Cannabis also takes on a tighter, more uniform appearance and has more bag appeal when trimmed.

Wet vs. dry cannabis trimming

There are two ways to go about trimming weed, each with pros and cons.

Wet marijuana trimming

Wet trimming happens all in one sitting: You’ll cut down the plant, cut buds off branches—called “bucking”—trim the buds, and then place them on a drying rack, where they’ll sit for a few days.

  • Removing sugar and fan leaves is easier—they get shriveled and dried up in dry trimming
  • With less moisture-filled foliage attached to the flowers, drying will happen more quickly; this can be helpful in humid climates where mold is a concern
  • If you’re tight on space, wet trimming removes a bulk of the plant in the beginning, so you don’t have to hang whole plants up to dry
  • Trimming wet will also give you a tighter and more aesthetically pleasing final product
  • Many argue that because buds are stickier when being handled, trichomes remain intact, which preserves terpenes and flavors in the final product

Wet trimming is very sticky. Trichomes will get on your fingers, your trimming shears, your body, everything. Gloves are recommended; rubbing alcohol or coconut oil is essential.

Dry marijuana trimming

With dry trimming, you’ll cut down the plant and hang the whole thing to dry for several days first. When it’s dry, you’ll buck buds off branches and trim them.

  • Keeping leaves on in the beginning makes the drying process slower; this can be great in arid climates, as a quick dry can cause excess terpene loss
  • It’s a lot less messy—trichomes harden as weed dries, reducing the amount of get-on-everything stickiness
  • Those less-sticky, less-messy trichomes are also more brittle and prone to breaking; you’ll have to handle your crop with care to preserve trichomes and THC levels
  • Hanging entire plants takes up significantly more space than if you discard excess plant material first; make sure you have adequate drying space before dry trimming

Marijuana trimming tools needed

  • Scissors (for trimming buds)
  • Pruners (helpful for big branches)
  • Comfortable chair and area
  • A clean surface, like a table
  • Tray/bowl and a clean surface
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rags
  • Proper clothes (ones that can get sticky)
  • Entertainment

How to trim cannabis buds

After you’ve set up your drying room and trimming area, and your weed plants are ready to come down, it’s time to get trimming.

Whether trimming wet or dry, the process of trimming buds is the same.

Step 1: Cut down the plant and cut off branches

Using a solid pair of pruning shears, cut off branches, breaking the plant down into smaller pieces until you get to the main stalk of the plant, which can get cut off close to the soil.

If dry trimming, you’ll hang the plant for drying now, either in its entirety or its smaller branches. Check out more on drying here.

Drying plants will be ready for trimming when stems snap and don’t bend—usually 3-7 days later.

If wet trimming, don’t worry about drying yet and go to step 2.

Step 2: Remove fan leaves

Fan leaves are the iconic cannabis leaves with five or seven points. The plant has had these leaves since it was in the vegetative stage. Fan leaves have little to no trichomes, so get rid of them.

If trimming wet, it may be quicker to gently pull these off with your hands, but they can be snipped off with scissors too. If dry trimming, you’ll need to snip them.

Step 3: Buck buds from the branch

Once fan leaves are off, cut off individual buds from branches, also called “bucking.”

Trimmers usually create a pile of buds to work on, either on a table or in a bowl or tray.

Be sure to keep a separate pile for branches, stems, and fan leaves, and compost them.

Step 4: Trim buds

Now that you’re down to just buds, get to trimming. If buds are too big, break them down into smaller buds. A giant bud might look awesome, but it won’t dry as evenly, making it susceptible to mold.

  • Trim the stem at the bottom of the bud as closely as you can without causing the bud to break down. You don’t want the stem to be exposed anywhere but at the bottom.
  • Remove the crow’s feet—these are the leaves at the bottom that look like little bird feet.
  • Trim off extra plant matter and manicure the bud. Angle your scissors and keep them moving. After a while you won’t even think about it.

The goal is to take away everything that isn’t fully covered in trichomes. Create a uniform surface area around the buds. This includes taking down red pistils all the way to the foliage. Pistils have very little to zero trichomes.

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Put all your finished buds in a separate bowl or tray.

If wet trimming, you’ll need to put your finished buds on a drying rack for a few days. If dry trimming, you’ll want to jar up your buds for curing.

Pro tips for trimming weed

Make sure to collect your trim. You can dry it too and either smoke it or use it to make edibles or other cannabis products.

Remember to wipe your scissors with alcohol or swap them out with another pair when they get covered in resin. Also, make sure to avoid shaving off large sections of the nug at once—this isn’t great for the bud and it will reduce your yield.

Some trimmers save their “finger hash” or “scissor hash,” which is resin that builds up on your fingers or scissors when trimming. This is perfectly fine to smoke, it just may be a little harsh.

Hand-trimmed vs. machine-trimmed weed

As a homegrower, you’ll most likely be trimming your weed by hand, but some do invest in machine trimmers to cut out the monotonous trimming part. Commercial growers often use machine trimmers because they process such a large quantity of buds.

Pros and cons of hand trimming marijuana

  • Cheap
  • Individual buds can be shaped to bring out the qualities of each strain
  • Issues like mold or insects can be spotted
  • It’s messy—you’ll want lots of rubbing alcohol or coconut oil around
  • Time-consuming
  • Usually have to rely on some buddies to help

Pros and cons of machine trimming marijuana

The high demand for cannabis has paved the way for new technologies and a whole range of machine trimmers. These trimmers do an incredible job of processing buds quickly, so they’re mainly used by large-scale growers producing for the low end of the market.

Highly efficient upper-level systems like the Twister T2 (~$12,000) can trim up to 19 lbs per hour, and lower-priced systems exist, such as the Trimpro Rotor ($1,750), for commercial growers. For homegrowers, there are trimmers such as the iPower ($120).

  • Easy
  • Quick and efficient, saving time and money
  • Less messy; machine trimmers collect trim easily so you use it for other products
  • Can overtrim buds
  • They knock off a lot of trichomes, affecting potency and flavor
  • Stems and seeds can still make their way into finished buds

Johanna Silver, Patrick Bennett, and Trevor Hennings contributed to this article.

Best way to remove seeds

So to make a long story short A guy owed me money, and being short on cash and myself short of temper he finally decided to pay me in a pound of skunk. Problem is it has a ton of seeds and stems. Any of you guys out there know the best way to remove seeds without spending all day doing it by hand??

BoomerBloomer57
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sounds like a pound of mexican schwag.

screwed, blued and TATTED.

I’d be out hunting that rascal down. Catch and shakedown, no release till i get the grease.

How the hell can “skunk bud” be loaded with seeds?

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WeekendToker
Member

this man speaks truth.

how can skunk have so many seeds and stems?

i bet a good portion of the “bud” will be seeds and stems.

but if you really want to try to remove most of the seeds, just go through by hand separating the buds and get the seeds out. or just take them out before you get medicated.

bobbyhopefeild
Active Member

any oz of weed that had more than 20 seeds in it isnt worth labouring so hard over. i agree with the ealier posters/

wannaquickee
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Niko Bellick
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He owed me three hundred dollars. And yes I know it sounds odd but for whatever reason some people in east Texas refer to some schwagg as skunk if it has a really powerful smell to it. which this does. But you are all right its Mexican Schwag and thats about what a pound of it goes for around there maybe 4 or 5 up here in Dallas. I have a grow room of my own turning out beautiful buds so i have no reason to smoke schwag. I actually only smoke a small portion of what I grow and the rest my friends buy from me. And my friends know me for quality so before I sell anybody anything off this pound I would like to find an efficient way to remove the seeds and stems.

Milesmkd
Active Member

dude just make hash. The bubble bags will screen every single seed out! All you will have is delisious hash. Even if its wack weed the hash will always still be good.

Niko Bellick
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Dwezelitsame
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Milesmkd
Active Member

no you get about 17 percent of the weight. So almost an ounce. Alot better smoking this then smoking mexican shit.. I get that in cali. I dont touch the stuff but we call it STRESS. Reason we call it that is because it will stress you out pulling all them seeds, and nasty shit out. Also gives you a nasty head ache.

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Niko Bellick
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Well I was thinking about investing in bubble bags for future grows anyways, I might give it a try. Maybe even keep all those seeds and find a place to sow them once spring gets here.

tafbang
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john pickle
Active Member

Well I was thinking about investing in bubble bags for future grows anyways, I might give it a try. Maybe even keep all those seeds and find a place to sow them once spring gets here.

now youre thinking, i dont think u got screwed at all man.

good job squeezing lemons.

Niko Bellick
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now youre thinking, i dont think u got screwed at all man.

good job squeezing lemons.

Yup you guys helped me look at it from a different perspective. My fiances friend just tried some and said she couldnt stop coughing from the crap so it looks like hash is the way to go. Plus itll be a new experience as ive never made or smoked it.

Niko Bellick
Well-Known Member

no you get about 17 percent of the weight. So almost an ounce. Alot better smoking this then smoking mexican shit.. I get that in cali. I dont touch the stuff but we call it STRESS. Reason we call it that is because it will stress you out pulling all them seeds, and nasty shit out. Also gives you a nasty head ache.

Yeah Ive always wondered why schwag gives that horrible headache? Lack of nute flushing before harvest or something?

tafbang
Well-Known Member

smoking too much plant matter and dirt rather than THC which has the effects of pain relief. so more of that dirt = dirt > thc

Milesmkd
Active Member

Yeah Ive always wondered why schwag gives that horrible headache? Lack of nute flushing before harvest or something?

That, including nasty pestisides, along with dried mildew spores and a number of other things.. You wont regret the hash bro. Turn trash to stash!

brownbearclan
Active Member

Either turn the whole chunk into hash or do the old school de-seeding method. (Back when our weed had seeds anyway lol.)

-Break it all up, just go nuts and tear that shit up.
-Spread it out on a big ass piece of cardboard or whatever and then tilt one end up then lightly tap on it and gently shake it.
-All the seeds will roll downhill, use a credit card to fold the weed over and over to free up more seeds to roll away.

Seeing as how it’s just shwaggety shwank you could even just ISO hash the whole thing:

-Break it all up pretty good.
-Put it in the freezer for a few hours.
-Cram that shit into a big glass jar, like a pickle jar.
-Pour in an inch or two of some 91% Isopropal alcohol. (Red Label usually.)
-Shake it up with the lid on for 3-5 minutes.
-Strain through a fine metal screen. (Not plastic, not a coffee filter.)
-Let it evap and or use a blow dryer on it in a well ventilated area. (Bathroom with fan on works good.)
-Scrape up your reward.

Niko Bellick
Well-Known Member

Either turn the whole chunk into hash or do the old school de-seeding method. (Back when our weed had seeds anyway lol.)

-Break it all up, just go nuts and tear that shit up.
-Spread it out on a big ass piece of cardboard or whatever and then tilt one end up then lightly tap on it and gently shake it.
-All the seeds will roll downhill, use a credit card to fold the weed over and over to free up more seeds to roll away.

Seeing as how it’s just shwaggety shwank you could even just ISO hash the whole thing:

-Break it all up pretty good.
-Put it in the freezer for a few hours.
-Cram that shit into a big glass jar, like a pickle jar.
-Pour in an inch or two of some 91% Isopropal alcohol. (Red Label usually.)
-Shake it up with the lid on for 3-5 minutes.
-Strain through a fine metal screen. (Not plastic, not a coffee filter.)
-Let it evap and or use a blow dryer on it in a well ventilated area. (Bathroom with fan on works good.)
-Scrape up your reward.

Ive heard that the alcohol way of making hash leaves a bad taste to it? And as of last night I got on ebay and had a full set of bubble bags sent to my friends house, should be there this coming week!