Marijuana Shake

What is Marijuana Shake and How to Use

There are lots of unique terms and phrases in the world of cannabis, from bud and flower to joint and blunt. When you hear the word “shake”, you might think of a sweet, milky beverage made with ice cream. But what exactly is marijuana shake? What makes cannabis shake different from other forms of cannabis, and how do you use smoking shake? Read on for all you need to know about marijuana shake.

What Is Marijuana Shake?

“Shake” is another term you might hear while browsing the shelves of your local Los Angeles marijuana dispensary. Marijuana shake, also known under other names like a smoking shake or cannabis shake, is basically the little bits of cannabis flower that are left over at the bottom of a container used for storing or handling it. This includes trichomes, but also stems and seeds, and other pieces of plant material.

The Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Shake

So, what are some of the pros and cons associated with shake? Well, the main benefit is convenience. Since shake is already ground down into little bits, you don’t need to grind it. You can simply sprinkle it into a joint or pipe, for example, and start smoking. This can save you a lot of time and hassle.
Another big advantage of a shake is that it can be really cheap. It’s possible to buy an ounce of shake for a relatively low price. Plus, there can also be a lot of interesting variety in shake. You can find high levels of THC in shake, mixtures of sugar leaves and stems, and various trichomes all included in each batch.
On the downside, one of the disadvantages of shake is that it can be quite inconsistent. It varies in terms of quality and potency, and you can get some decarb shake that is very low quality and disappointing to use.

smoking shake

Difference Between Shake and Trim

Some people make the mistake of confusing cannabis shake with cannabis trim, or using those terms interchangeably. However, it’s important to note that marijuana shake and trim are different kinds of cannabis products. So, what’s trim? Trim is the relatively large amount of cannabis plant matter that is intentionally cut away from a plant after harvesting.
Growers usually trim parts of the plant to make their products more interesting to use and pleasant to look at, while shake is created over time by a person handling a cannabis product in a bag or container. In terms of potency, too, the two are different. Trim is pretty low in cannabinoids and relatively ineffective if smoked, while shake can contain high amounts of THC.

Ways to Utilize Cannabis Shake

So, how do you use high-quality shake? Here are a few ways to make the most of this product.

  • Smoking

Like other kinds of cannabis products, one of the main ways to use shake is in joints. You can roll your own joints, buy your own pre-rolled joints, or sprinkle shake into other smoking devices.

  • Tea

It’s also possible to use cannabis shake like tea leaves or powder to make your own marijuana tea. It’s also very simple to do this, as you just have to add your shake to a tea strainer and let it steep.

cannabis shake tea

  • Edibles

Cannabis edibles are becoming increasingly popular nowadays, and it’s possible to make your own batches of brownies, cannabis-infused cookies, and other edibles with the aid of shake as an ingredient.

  • Tinctures

Shake is also a great ingredient for making your own tinctures. You can find easy recipes online to follow, step by step.

  • Concentrates/Oils

The high amounts of cannabinoids in many packs of shake make it useful for creating concentrates, like shatter and rosin, as well as oils.

  • Salves

Topical products like salves and balms are also possible to make with shake. Again, you can find lots of recipes and ideas to help with this online.

  • Beverages

We’ve already mentioned tea, and there are various other beverages you can make or enhance with shake. Try sprinkling some into the water, alcoholic drinks, or even milk to make a shake-shake!

Alternative Uses for Marijuana Shake

Smoking is the main way to use shake, but as you can see from the list above, this is quite a versatile product. If you don’t want to smoke with it, there are lots more you can do, from baking with it to making topical creams and ointments out of it. You can even use it to make things like cannabutter or try vaporizing it for a different consumption experience.

decarb shake

How To Find High-Quality Cannabis Shake

One of the issues with shake is that quality levels can vary so much with this product. Here are some tips to find the best quality products:

  • Choose a trusted dispensary that you can count on to provide top-quality items.
  • Check to see that the shake isn’t too dry or moist before you buy.
  • Look for any leaves and stems mixed in with shake and avoid products that include them.
  • Speak with cannabis enthusiasts for recommendations.

The Bottom Line

Overall, shake is an interesting product and one that’s worth trying out for any cannabis connoisseur or enthusiast. It’s cheap, varied, and versatile, and we hope this guide has taught you more about it. Contact us if you’d like to learn more.

Written By

Ian Baker

Ian Baker does content and customer communications with Happy Leaf Collective through the website and blog. With 5 years of total experience working in cannabis niche, 3 were spent as a budtender in Arizona. 2 years ago, following his passion of writing and educating, Ian made the move into content and communications.