The marijuana leaf is a symbol that all stoners know all too well, however have you ever stopped to think about what you can actually do with the leaf? Throughout the following article, we’ll be diving into the ins and out about the pot leaf, how to identify strains based on shape and other applications for it that you might not have known about before.
Shape of the Leaf
Firstly, let’s take a look at the shape of the leaf and how that can help you identify the phenotypes of the strains you are smoking. As a rule of thumb, when a marijuana leaf is long and has skinnier leaves, the strain tends to lean to the sativa variety. Shorter, stockier and fatter leaves will always be Indica.
When you’re growing cannabis, you’ll quickly learn to identify your plants based on leaf structure and it can definitely help you if you need to eyeball a strain knowing what effects it would provide by simply looking at the leaf itself.
Now, let’s walk away slightly from the leaf-strain relationship and look at the symbolic meaning of the shape. The five fingers of the marijuana leaf is easily spotted and has become a symbol for the industry. People instantly knows what the cannabis leaf is, even if they don’t smoke, making it a powerful sigil for many brands.
Some people are claiming that by using the leaf within the branding is “cheating” or not creating enough distance from the “stoner stereotype” and the industry, however for most people who smoke marijuana, the leaf is a welcome sight. People understand that the leaf represents, these days, the industry as a whole and is a symbol of freedom and progress. As more brand begin to create their unique take on the leaf symbol, we’ll see it grow to become even more important for the cannabis culture as a whole.
What can you do with Marijuana Leaves?
Most people think that the leaf is worthless, but they couldn’t be further from the truth. The leaf does contain a lot of medical value if you know how to use it properly.
For starters, fan leaves, are great indicators relating to the health of your plant in general. Typically, these leaves are the first ones to show you that ‘something is wrong with your plant’ and can act as a great “canary in the coal mine” for preventing your plant to go the way of the dodo.
Apart from being an indicator, marijuanaleaf can also be used for dietary purposes. While most of the cannabinoids come from the colas themselves, the leaf also contains cannabinoids. Using it in juices or in salads can give a great boost to your health.
Seeing that the cannabinoids like THC, stays in its acid form, you would be able to consume greater amounts of the plant without getting high.
If you don’t want to eat the leaf raw or juice it, you can dry out the leaf and use it for tea. Now, this won’t get you high, but it will definitely help with mild therapeutic side effects like lowering inflammation, helping with blood circulation and so forth.
To make tea from dry leaf, you can simply put it in water and boil, however you won’t be able to bind any of the THC without adding some coconut oil to the mix. THC is binds to fat, meaning that without coconut oil in the mix, you’ll be getting other cannabinoids, but no THC.
Finally, you can use died out leaf in topical marijuana applications. To do this you’ll want to mix coconut oil with the leaf. There are plenty of recipes available to help you with this process.
Using the Marijuana Leaf as a Rolling Paper
Marijuana leaf can be used as a rolling paper. Well, this isn’t entirely accurate, however many brands use them as a blunt wrap. Similar to cigars, you can use the marijuana leaf and wrap the bud with it and smoke it.
Now it’s not an easy process as simply putting buds in the center and wrapping it up. I’m not going to get into the finer details behind this process because it’s quite extensive, however it is definitely possible to use leaf to wrap your blunts.
Using Marijuana Leaf as an Herb
Finally, when it comes to how you can apply marijuana leaf to your daily life, you can dry out the leaf and then put it in a shaker. Many times I sprinkle some of my dried out sugar leaf on my food. Does it get me higher? Not really, but it does give that earthy herbal taste to the food. Don’t overkill it either, because the cannabis taste can be quite powerful, however to give your food a hint of green is a great way of using the leaf as opposed to simply trashing it.
Some people even use the leaf to wrap food they put in the oven and if you want to see more applications of marijuana in the kitchen, I highly recommend you check out “Bong Appetite” where they go into great detail about the process and application of cannabis within a culinary setting.
Anyhow, that’s basic things you can be doing with marijuana leaf to not simply throw it away and take your stoner experience to the next level.