What can you do with a male weed plant?

Published Mar 20, 2019 09:08 a.m. ET

Male cannabis flower tends to get a bad rap since the majority of those who have grown marijuana are trained to spot them as soon as possible, in order to dispose of them. A male plant is known for ruining crops and not much more. The truth is that male marijuana seeds and male cannabis flowers have many uses, most of which are medicinal ones.

Here are just a few things to consider when considering the potential of the male cannabis plant.

1. Breeding - If you are wondering where all the new marijuana strains popping up are coming from it’s from selective breeding. When creating a new strain from two pre-existing ones, both a male and a female cannabis plant is required. The male cannabis plant is needed to fertilize the female creating seeds that contain the genetics of both parents involved. A strong male with the most beneficial qualities is necessary to develop the best DNA. Male marijuana plants will also contribute to the gene pool with a better ability to ward off predators. Growing the same strain using only feminized seeds leads to a weaker crop, that over time will become more susceptible to injury or illness. Without the male marijuana plant, we would still have weed. We just couldn’t have any new and exciting hybrids.

2. Fiber Content- Female marijuana plants do not produce the same fibrous strength as a male does. Male cannabis plants are often cultivated on a large scale to create textiles, insulation, fuel, clothing, and more. Male hemp fiber is also much more flexible than that of the female. This helps when making movable material like coats, backpacks, or shirts. Male plants are also beneficial when ingested due to its easy to digest plant-based fiber.

3. CBD Content- The male cannabis plant is often grown specifically for its heritage strains CBD content. CBD can be extracted using a solvent and turned into a tincture, cream drops or mixed into edibles. It can even be infused into your favorite steaming hot beverage for its medicinal benefits. While the raw male cannabis flower may not be high in CBD, to begin with, once extracted the content will be condensed making it perfect for those seeking medical benefits of ingesting CBD.


4. THC Content- While it is rare the male cannabis flower is sometimes grown or harvested for its THC content. As mentioned before a male will not produce the same high levels as a female, but just like with CBD once extracted a plant can offer a reasonably high THC and CBD concentrate or tincture. It can also be made into a potent enjoyable tea.

Can you smoke male weed plants?

Yes! Of course, you can smoke a male cannabis flower. The problem is that male marijuana seeds will make up most of a male cannabis flower, rending most of the product un-smokable. Seeds will crack, pop, and explode so if you are going to smoke a male cannabis flower you will want to grind it down and remove as much of the seed as physically possible. What you do manage to salvage is not going to contain anywhere near the THC same content of its female counterpart, meaning the effects will be incredibly mild.

Most will agree that the male cannabis plant is nowhere near as important to the average person as a female, it certainly does come with many benefits that aren’t often spoken about. A male cannabis flower may not be the best for smoking, but it comes jam-packed full of benefits that can be extracted, and the male cannabis plant itself is essential to the survival and evolution of the marijuana plant species.



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