What’s ‘Shake’ Weed (and Is It Any Good?)
Ifyou’ve heard of ‘shake’ weed, there’s a chance you have heard nothingparticularly good about it. One ofthe most underrated and underappreciated forms of pot out there, it’s always ashame to hear of decent shake going to waste.
Butwhat exactly is shake weed? Or more importantly, is it really worth botheringwith?
What Is Shake Weed?
Carryout a quick online search and you’ll see just how split the cannabis communityis when it comes to shakecannabis. On one side of the fence, you have thosewho claim shake weed is an invaluable product that’s worthy of acclaim andappreciation. On the other, some insist that shake weed simply isn’t worthanyone’s time and is therefore no cause for concern.
Interms of what it actually is, shake weed is an inevitable cannabis by-productevery one of us has in our stash. Quite simply, shake cannabis is formed whenall the various bits and pieces of plant matter fall and collect at the bottomof the container. Shake weed is therefore that dusty and often grim-lookingsubstance you see in the bottom of your baggie or jar.
There’sno realistic way to prevent this shake cannabis from accumulating. As cannabisflowers are handled, transported, packaged and so on, all manner of bits andpieces are guaranteed to fall off and collect in the bottom of the bag. Nevertheless, shake weed gets a bad rap forthe simple reason that it comprises a manner of different pieces of plant matter.Some of which hold more or less value than others.
Nevertheless,shake weed almost always contains a decent amount of plant matter and trichomesfrom the best parts of the buds. Which in turn means that decent shape cannabiscan also pack a serious amount of THC. So if you’ve ever come across reportssuggesting shape cannabis can’t get you high, you’re looking at complete andtotal BS.
Notonly can shake cannabis get you high, it can also be immensely potent. So why,in the name of all that’s sane, would anyone toss shake cannabis in the trash? Orfor that matter, try to claim this precious dust is of little to no value?
Giving Shake a Shot
Ifyou’d like to give shake a shot, it isn’t exactly difficult to get hold of. Ifyou buy cannabis in the usual baggies, you’ll almost always find at least a bitin the bottom at the time of purchase. By the time you’ve exhausted yoursupply, a decent amount of the stuff will have accumulated along the way.
As fordispensaries, they’re usually more inclined to remove as much shake as possiblefrom the baggies and containers on display. Rather than throwing it away, youmay find measures of mixed shake cannabis available as a standalone product. Excellentwaste minimisation by the seller – the perfect opportunity to pick up a potentbatch of product at a discounted rate.
So ifyou’re looking to spend as little as possible and still take home a decentamount of weed, it’s definitely worth giving shake a shot.
Now,it’s worth remembering that when buying shake from a dealer or dispensary,there’s really no way of gauging what’s in it. One batch could be seriouslypotent and packed with THC, while the next can be comprised mostly ofless-valuable plant matter. It’s therefore a case of rolling the dice andseeing what you get, but it’s a small price to pay.
Plus,if you shop with a decent dispensary, you can also ask them directly for theirrecommendations. Score a solid batch of shake weed and you’ll be looking at thekind of value for money you’d get from almost no other cannabis productavailable.
Making Use of Shake Cannabis
It’soften said that the best way to put shake cannabis to good use is to wait untilyou’ve got a good stockpile of the stuff to play with. In reality, this reallyisn’t the case at all. Given the tiny size of the various pieces shake cannabisis comprised of, it loses its freshness and potency far quicker than regularbud. Hence, it’s a good idea to use itas quickly as possible.
Perhapsthe simplest way to put shake cannabis to good use is to simply add it to yourregular joints, pipes and bongs. Pack it out with the bud of your choosing,before adding a generous sprinkle of shake to give it an extra kick. If theshake is of decent quality, it could take the potency of the whole thing to anentirely higher level.
Dependingon the consistency of the shake, it may also be possible to roll joints usingshake and nothing else. Once again, with the potential to pack a punch thatgoes beyond expectations.
Alternatively,shake is a favourite among economical cannabis connoisseurs for the productionof cannabis butter, cannabisoils and other edibles. Rather than letting itgo to waste, they stew their shake in the liquid of their choosing for a coupleof hours, before straining the resulting mixture and allowing it to cool. A brilliant way of extracting every lastshred of THC from your shake and allowing nothing to go to waste.
Is it Worth the Effort?
In aword – absolutely. Throwing shake cannabis in the trash needlessly andshamelessly wastes THC for no good reason. Even if you only have a tiny pinchof the stuff available, it’s still a pinch of potentially potent pot you mightas well put to good use.
Ofcourse, shake that’s excessively dry, old or comprised of less valuable plantmatter doesn’t add up to a particularly enjoyable smoke. Nevertheless, there’sonly one way to find out – the alternative being to run the risk of wastinggood bud.