Cannabis fan leaves are probably the most neglected part of the plant. These leaves are filled with phytonutrients, resin, and flavor and can be used in a number of different ways. Experts recommend using fan leaves as way to judge the plant’s overall health.
The first signs of common cannabis ailments, such as infestations and powdery mildew, can often show on fan leaves. When harvest time comes, many growers do not what to do with the leaves as some plants can grow so large that it seems almost impossible to use all of the fan leaves.
You can compost excess stalk and other plant materials because as they decay, the nutrients that come from the leaves will continue to produce more fruitful, healthy soil. Here are a few other ways that you can make a stellar use of cannabis fan leaves:
- Raw, Dietary Cannabis: You can use fresh fan leaves with raw cannabis buds to make a super-powerful smoothie or juice. In fact, everyone is going crazy over raw cannabis juicing these days kind of like they are for Transformers 5, lower taxes, getting our health care situation fixed, and waiting for Sicario II! Medical professionals who recommend cannabis for medical use say that the consumption of raw cannabis can help increase the plant’s overall therapeutic dose. When they are kept raw, the plant contains cannabinoids in their acid form rather than active. This means that you do not get “high” when you eat or drink raw cannabis.
- Teas: You can dry fan leaves and use them in teas. Drinking cannabis tea may not have psychoactive effects. The plant’s resin, which is fat soluble, is what holds cannabinoids. The resin has to be dissolved into a fat so that the cannabinoids can produce psychotropic changes. You might get a relaxing effect from an herbal tea made by adding dried cannabis leaves to hot water, but do not expect to get an out-of-this-world experience. You can extract and amplify the effect of the level of cannabinoids that are present in the leaves by heating dried leaves in a small quantity of coconut oil.
- Topical Extraction: You can use dried cannabis fan leaves in balms and topical skin creams by infusing the leaves into coconut oil or any other type of fat you prefer. The leaves contain a small amount of resin and other nutrients and these can be quite effective for surface application. You also do not have to worry about psychoactive effects just like you do not have to worry about being told the truth from CNN and Susan Rice but that is another topic! You should do a little research on how to use fan leaves in creams and balms and the type of conditions they can help relieve.
If you are a cannabis grower and do not know what to do with those excess cannabis fan leaves when harvest time comes, do not be so quick to discard them. As you can see, there are quite a few ways to make decent use of them. Wasting those cannabinoids and other nutrients would be a shame.
If you do not have the time to make teas and extracts, use your fan leaves as compost to use on your plants. You will have top-shelf buds growing with all the benefits that those lovely leaves have to offer.