How to enhance the flavors of cannabis?
“ How to flavor weed” is one question many people ask. And, it’s not only the growers but even users purchasing cannabis have the same question. In this article, you’ll find tips to flavor cannabis but they will help you if you’re a grower yourself. For non-growers, a section at the end of this article may help.
So, is it even possible to flavor marijuana? Yes, it definitely is. It’s fun to do so and the best part is that it’s safe. Well, at least the methods described here are.
Best way to enhance the flavors of cannabis
There are so many different types of flavors you find in cannabis. It’s really mind-boggling. For instance, Green Crack smells like fresh mangoes and also taste like them! And, the magic is due to the terpenes found in the plant.
Thus, you should focus on the flavors much before you buy the seeds. Naturally, by finding strains that are tested to taste like a particular fruit, you’ll be more successful in growing cannabis that tastes amazing. No matter what flavor catches your fancy – chocolate, strawberry, cherry, mango, pineapple, and citrus – you’ll find them all.
Breeders grow these strains with a specific idea – flavors. They pollinate them with other proven and tested strains to create seeds that are magical and taste great at the same time. By now, you’ve probably understood that since it’s the terpenes that make the buds click, you must focus on increasing the terpenes. You can do that while the plant is growing. But in this post, we will talk more about increasing the flavors in different ways.
Stress the plants
Yes, you read that right. By stressing the plants a bit, you’re actually forcing them to perform as best as they can. For example, have you noticed how small pots with flower plants in them produce too many flowers compared to big pots? That’s because the smaller pots actually stress the plants into fighting for space. But, it’s important to remember that you cannot stress the plants too much. Overdo it, and you risk killing the plants. So, you can start stressing the plants right when they are growing using different methods.
“How to flavor weed” is one question many people ask. And, it’s not only the growers but even users purchasing cannabis have the same question
How To Add Flavour To Your Cannabis Before, During, And After Harvest
Have you grown tired of the taste of cannabis? Less than impressed with strains that promise fruit, mint, chocolate, or vanilla flavours? Take things into your own hands with infused cannabis. This how-to article gives you three easy ways to make your weed taste better than you ever dreamed.
Strains like Blueberry, Bubba Kush, and Strawberry Cough promise naturally sweet or fruity tastes, but the primary flavour will still be weed. If you’d like to change things up, try one of these infusion methods to add a little more zing to your stash.
FLAVOURED CANNABIS BEFORE HARVEST
Stop watering your plants 3–4 days before you plan to harvest so the soil can dry out. Don’t let them get so dry they start to die. If you see any wilting, water lightly. On harvest day, mix up a mild solution of 15ml essential oils or food-grade extracts to 20l of water. Slowly water your plants to minimise runoff. Allow them to slake their thirst for 3–5 hours before cutting.
Because they’ve been freshly watered, the flowers will contain more moisture than you might be used to at harvest time. Keep them separated and allow for plenty of airflow during the initial dry to prevent mould.
FLAVOURING WEED DURING HARVEST
If you’ve already started to cut down your plants, it’s not too late to flavour your weed. Fill a glass with the above “flavoured water” solution and place a freshly cut branch in it. As long as the leaves are still alive, they’ll draw water up the stem and into the flower’s calyxes. After about a week, remove the cutting, then dry and cure as usual.
The same warning about mould applies to this technique.
FLAVOURING MARIJUANA AFTER HARVEST
After flowers are jarred, you can still change the flavour by adding items to the jar.
Soak a cotton ball in an extract or essential oil, attach it to the jar lid, and allow it to hang down inside the lid, but not to touch the buds. Keep an eye on the jar for condensation or any other signs of excess moisture that could cause mould and rot.
Adding dried items to the jar works well too, and it minimises the risk of mould. As long as they’re fully dried, you can add citrus peels, an apple slice, flower petals, and spices like rosemary, cinnamon, or cloves. Empty out a tea bag, then fill with loose material to keep your flavouring agent and herb separated.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Different strains, and even different plants of the same strain, will absorb flavourings at a different rate. Plus, each flavouring will alter the weed’s natural taste in a unique way. Until you know what will happen and what you like, experiment with a single plant, a single branch, or a single jar of weed. The last thing you want to do is get so carried away by the possibilities that you ruin an entire harvest.
Food-grade extracts are as close as your local grocery store. Walk up the baking aisle, look for the spices and you’ll find strawberry extract, almond extract, rum extract, and more, in addition to the ubiquitous vanilla extract. These are best because they’re intended to be used in food. If you choose an essential oil, look carefully at the ingredients to make sure they’re safe for human consumption. Put a tiny drop on your finger and give it a taste. If it burns, has a chemical aftertaste, or is too perfumey, you might want to take a pass.
Avoid any flavouring that contains a lot of sugar. Sugar burns easily and smells bad when it does, so it won’t make your weed taste better.
Enhanced flavours and aromas can fade quickly when they’re left in the open air. Once jarred, keep the lids tightly sealed to hold in the goodness. However, you still need to keep a close eye on the humidity level inside the jar to prevent mould. Using a small hydrometer that you can view from outside a sealed jar helps.
Finally, keep your expectations in check. Infused cannabis still tastes like cannabis, only better if you do it right. Use proper growing, drying, and curing techniques to ensure that your herb has a smooth, pleasant taste, with or without additional help.
Did you know you can use simple flavourings like strawberry extract to change the way your weed tastes? It's so easy, anyone can do it.