What is Shake & is it Good to Smoke?
Published on Jul 21, 2020
Let's face it, all cannabis is not created equal. But whether you've got a big bag of gorgeous top-shelf flower with a high THC count or brown brick weed that's closer to hemp than hash, every batch of bud comes with some shake.
As the cannabis industry evolves and weed businesses look to cash in on every part of the plant, the crumbs of bud leftover at the bottom of weed bags have turned into its own entire product category. But when you walk into a dispensary and see a cheap bag of shake next to grams, eighths and ounces, do you really know what you're looking at and how to use it once you get home?
What is shake weed? Is it worth buying? Should you roll it into joints or save your leafy stash for edibles? We've got all those answers and more to finally help you figure out what to do with shake.
What Is Marijuana Shake?
When cannabis is packaged for sale - whether it's at a legal dispensary or traditional zip-lock baggie - it comes in small THC-packed weed buds or nugs. But just like when you pick a flower at the park, even nature's most beautiful fauna has a tendency to crumble under a little pressure.
So no matter how much bud is in your bag or jar, every bit of friction, pressure or movement puts stress on your nugs and causes flakes of weed to fall off the bud to the bottom of your container. Those leftover leaves, trichomes, and bud scraps are called shake. Once all the nugs are gone, smoking shake is the most common practice. However, just like other weed products, there are countless ways to use your shake scraps other than just packing a bowl.
In addition to the crumbs from smaller bags of weed, cannabis cultivators packaging pounds of pot are left with large quantities of shake that has been taken off in the process of manicuring buds, but still contains usable amounts of THC.
Buying Shake From Dispensaries
Now that you can define shake, it's time to go out and buy some. These days, you don't need to buy a zip of weed (that's an ounce for all you newcomers) to find a couple of grams of shake. Instead, legal dispensaries across the country are now offering bulk quantities of shake as discount options for smokers who favor quantity over quality.
At its heart, the shake vs bud conversation is about how much THC is in weed. Of course, how much weed gets you high depends on the THC quantity. While a pre-packaged jar of nugs might clock a THC percentage of 25% or higher, shake is usually slightly less potent as the outer layers of bud and sugar leaves that make up shake often carry fewer THC-rich trichomes.
To make up for that potency discrepancy, shake sold at dispensaries is usually packaged in bulk quantities like half and full ounces.
What To Do With Shake
Alright, so now that we've established what is weed shake and broken down (no pun intended) how you'll get it, it's time to talk about what to do with shake.
First, like any other flower, you can always smoke your shake weed. But while bong rips and bowl hits are great for ground-up nugs, shake is better smoked in a blunt or joint thanks to its already-grown consistency and typically lower potency. If you're having a party or get together, buying shake from dispensaries and pre-rolling a bowl of joints is a great way to spread the wealth without breaking the bank. In the legal weed industry, large quantities of shake are often packed into pre-roll joints, giving companies a way to sell the less-desirable product without showing customers the leafy greens inside.
If you're tired of smoking and need a new way to consume, shake is also a perfect vehicle to experiment with edibles. Like traditionally ground bud, you can mix your shake with butter or oil and low heat to infuse the leftover weed into cookies, brownies or even homemade gummies. Because edibles often give users a stronger effect than smoking, cooking is a great way to get the best bang for your buck from your bag of cannabis shake.
Just like edibles, shake is also great for making tinctures or concentrates. For easy tinctures, use high proof alcohol like Everclear to soak and infuse your shaky stash. For concentrates, you'll need a lot of shake and some heavy-duty equipment to produce a viable product. or home growers with some time on their hands, ethanol and solventless extraction techniques are a great way to use up THC-packed trim and shake.
At the end of the day, like all cannabis products, there is no wrong way to use shake and it all comes down to personal preference and intended effect. No matter how you choose to consume your cannabis crumbs, finding the best fit for your shake weed is a surefire way to make sure you're getting the most out of every bag of bud you buy.
Have you ever smoked shake? What's your favorite way to consume it? Let us know in the comments below!