In the past, I’ve tried to save a little money by purchasing lower quality cannabis flower.
- I noticed that about half of the bag was little more than flakes and scraps of weed.
I’ve splurged on top-shelf bud and discovered that after I’d smoked most of it, there were bits and pieces left at the bottom of the package. While those leftovers are somewhat dried out and definitely not the premium compounds of the flower, they can still be rolled up in a joint or packed into a bowl. The potency is usually lower, the flavor somewhat rougher, but I can get a high off it. The combination of stems, leaves and segments of the plant that fall off or break away and get left behind are called shake. There are cannabis connoisseurs who wouldn’t even consider smoking shake. There are people who buy shake without realizing it. The more affordable pre-roll joints and blinds are often made from shake. It’s a lot like regular bud that has been put through a grinder. I buy my cannabis from a recreational dispensary in Denver. Along with the better quality flower, they also offer a variety of shake at a discount price. There’s no seeds, and while I can’t be picky about the strain, it saves me quite a bit of money. It’s best to consume the shake right away because it only gets worse with age. Once the shake is no longer good enough to roll up into a joint, I extract the THC and make cannabutter out of it. I can then make my own edibles.