What is Marijuana Shake: How It’s Made & How to Consume

June 21, 2023

When it comes to cannabis flower, every part is valuable and useful–even those small pieces that naturally fall off the bud as it’s being handled or stored. This product is called marijuana shake, and it’s the next topic in our cannabis glossary. In this guide, we’re going to celebrate all the great things about shake, as well as how cannabis enthusiasts can enjoy this product. 

What is Shake?

Marijuana shake refers to the loose, fragmented pieces of cannabis flower that accumulate at the bottom of a bag or container. It consists of small buds, broken leaves, and trichomes that naturally separate during transportation or handling. While some consumers might dismiss shake as mere remnants, it contains a wealth of cannabinoids and provides a cost-effective option for marijuana shoppers.

What Part of the Plant Does Marijuana Shake Come From?

Marijuana shake is derived from various parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the flower. It comprises the smaller buds, broken pieces, and sugar leaves that naturally fall off during the packaging and handling process. These pieces retain the same cannabinoid and terpene profiles as flower, but they may not have the exact strength you would get from a full, intact, high-quality bud.

What Do You Do With Shake?

Shake might be small, but it still is mighty. It comes with a lot of versatility to it, allowing most cannabis enthusiasts to find a way to consume and enjoy it. Here are three of the top ways to consume shake:

  • Smoking: One of the most common ways to consume marijuana shake is smoking. Its finely ground texture makes it ideal for pre-rolls - or “joints” - as well as packing into pipes. Despite its fragmented nature, shake can still provide a satisfying smoking experience, delivering the desired effects and flavors associated with the strain without the high price point.

  • Make Edibles or Tea: Marijuana shake can be transformed into homemade edibles or infused into tea. By decarboxylating the shake (heating it to activate the cannabinoids), you can incorporate it into recipes, such as brownies, cookies, or infused oils. Similarly, you can steep the shake in hot water or milk to create a cannabis-infused tea.

  • DIY Tinctures & Topicals: Shake can also be used to create homemade tinctures and topicals. By soaking the shake in high-proof alcohol and allowing it to infuse over time, you can produce a potent tincture that can be consumed sublingually or added to various recipes. Additionally, you can infuse the shake into oils or lotions to create your own cannabis-infused topicals.

Pros of Purchasing Shake

Whether you like a product or not is going to be up to you and your preferences. That said, there are a few pros with shake that most cannabis enthusiasts can agree on:

  • Cheaper: One of the primary advantages of purchasing marijuana shake is its affordability. Shake is typically priced lower than flower, making it an attractive option for those seeking a budget-friendly cannabis experience.

  • Convenient: Shake offers a convenient solution for cannabis enthusiasts. Its ready-to-use form eliminates the need for grinding or preparation, allowing for quick and effortless consumption. This makes it ideal for canna-connoisseurs who prefer a hassle-free experience.

  • Versatile: Whether you prefer smoking, making edibles, or creating infused products, shake can adapt to your preferences and allow for experimentation with different recipes and techniques.

Cons of Purchasing Shake

When it comes to the negatives about shake, we feel there really aren’t any—as long as you know what you’re buying and aren’t expecting a top-shelf flower experience. Still, the top three cons we’ve heard from other cannabis enthusiasts are:

  • Inconsistent: Because shake is a collection of small buds, broken leaves, and trichomes, the cannabinoid concentration can vary from batch to batch. This inconsistency means that the effects and potency may not be as predictable as with full flower bud.

  • Not as potent: Compared to intact cannabis flower, shake generally has a lower potency. The finely ground texture and fragmented nature of shake can result in a slightly reduced cannabinoid concentration.

  • May contain CBN: CBN (cannabinol) is a cannabinoid that can develop as cannabis ages or undergoes degradation due to exposure to heat, light, or oxygen. Since shake often consists of smaller buds and broken leaves that may have been exposed to these conditions, there is a chance for increased CBN levels.

Answering FAQs About Shake

Smart cannabis enthusiasts know two things: don’t overlook shake and ask questions if you have them. Here are a few we’ve answered recently about shake flower:

Are shake and trim the same?
No, shake and trim are not the same. Trim refers to the excess leaves and stems removed from the cannabis plant during the trimming process. Shake, on the other hand, consists of loose fragments and smaller buds that naturally separate from the flower.

Is shake as potent as flower?
Typically, shake is not quite as potent as flower. That said, while the potency of shake can vary, it can still provide a satisfying experience. Shake still has the same cannabinoids and terpenes as flower—just less of them.

Is shake worth it?
Absolutely. Shake offers a cost-effective option for cannabis enthusiasts. You can consume it the same way as you do flower but at a lower price point.

Purchasing Cannabis Shake

Ready to give shake a try? Right on. All you have to do is find a dispensary near you and head on over to shop for shake. With any luck, you’ll find a variety of strains available in shake, and you’ll be able to try a new-to-you product and a new-to-you strain you’ve always wanted to try.

Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.

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