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What is Marijuana Shake and Where Does it Come From?

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If you’ve had any experience with marijuana flower, you may have heard the term “shake,” “marijuana shake,” or “shake flower.” In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is Marijuana Shake?
  • Why is it Called Shake?
  • Which Part of the Marijuana Plant Does Shake Come From?
  • What Are the Pros and Cons of Purchasing and Smoking Shake?
  • Where Can You Find Marijuana Shake?

What Is Marijuana Shake?

Shake, quite simply, consists of small pieces of the cannabis flower that have broken off the full flower bud. Shake can be found at the bottom of cannabis dispensary jars filled with flower buds or the bag that holds your purchased bud. Shake is a completely normal by-product of handling and moving marijuana flower, so it’s often used in pre-rolls or sold separately.

It’s important to note, some cannabis consumers look down on shake as being lesser quality. This can be an error in judgment. While shake cannot be compared to a full, top-tier marijuana flower bud, shake can have a decent cannabinoid profile, especially if you purchase your cannabis flower from a high-quality dispensary.

Interested in using your shake for pre-rolls? Check out our guide to rolling paper.

So Why Is It Called Shake?

Shake got its name because it’s the result of a bag or jar of flower bud being moved, bumped, or shaken. When this happens, pieces of the bud break off and those pieces are what make up “shake.”


Which Part of the Marijuana Plant Does Shake Come From?

When you walk into a dispensary, many have jars filled with big marijuana buds you can purchase depending on the experience you’re looking for. Those buds are where shake comes from. Shake is created by the handling of bags or jars of flower. When the buds are jostled, pieces fall off. Those pieces are shake. Additionally, ground flower may also be sold as shake.

Learn how to store your shake with our cannabis flower storage guide.

What Are the Pros of Purchasing and Smoking Shake?

While the benefits of shake vary between cannabis consumers, there are a few that most can agree on:

  • Shake is Versatile: While shake is perfect for rolling, it can also be used for making your own edibles. Use shake in making your own cannabutter -- just be sure to strain it before using.
  • Shake Can Be Milder: Since shake isn’t typically from one single strain and is likely stored a bit longer than premium flower, it can have lower levels of THC. This leads some cannabis consumers to prefer shake for a less psychoactive experience.
  • Shake is Budget-Friendly: Because you’re not buying those big, show-stopping flower buds, you aren’t paying a premium price. This makes shake flower more accessible for any cannabis consumer.


What Are The Cons of Purchasing and Smoking Shake?

Shake can sometimes get a bad rap within the cannabis community. But as with any cannabis product, where there are benefits, there are also downsides of purchasing and smoking shake. These include:

  • Shake Can Vary by Strain:: Because shake is gathered from a large selection of full-sized cannabis, most dispensaries will package different types of shake together. This means that if you’re a cannabis purist, shake may not be right for you.
  • Some Shake May Contain Leaves and Stems: Stems and leaves are a part of harvesting and smoking flower. Like shake itself, seeds and stems can fall to the bottom of a jar or bag too, so it’s not uncommon to have some of these things mixed in.
  • Shake Can Dry Out Quickly: The nature of shake means it’s small and this means it can dry out faster than larger buds. If you purchase shake, ensure you seal it to keep it from drying out before you can enjoy it.

There's more to know when shopping for cannabis. Check out our tips for your first dispensary visit.


Where Can You Find Marijuana Shake?

The best shake is going to be found at licensed medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries. If you’re curious and want to learn more before trying shake or another product, visit a Verilife dispensary in your state. We have cannabis experts available to talk you through everything from the products to the tools you may need to enjoy them.

Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. 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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