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.
How To Grow Marijuana With Stronger Flavor
For many years, decades even, the main focus of marijuana cultivators was packing as much THC into each bud as possible. As you may have noticed, they’ve been quite successful. Most of today’s commercially-available cannabis buds are virtually dripping in trichomes, aka “crystals.”
The result is cannabis that’s super-potent compared to weed from the 60s and 70s, and would probably knock the socks off your parents who claim they never inhaled but totally did. Now that modern strain growers have a handle on the THC thing, they’ve shifted their focus on enhancing the potency of flavor and smell as well.
Keep reading to learn more about why it’s important to grow strains with strong flavor and scent profiles, as well as how you can avoid common growing mistakes that detract from the taste of your homegrown cannabis.
Why Worry About The Smell And Flavor Of Your Cannabis?
At this point you may be wondering why you should be so concerned with the flavor and smell of your cannabis that you actually alter your growing process. As any home grower knows, it can be hard to zero in on the exact process that produces healthy, potent strains. Like Major League Baseball players on a home run streak, most growers will stick to that exact process no matter what rather than risk an unsuccessful crop. Here’s why we think it’s worth re-evaluating that process with taste and smell in mind: your customers want it.
Whether you’re growing medical marijuana as a caregiver for multiple medical patients or selling it to recreational dispensaries, your product must have a potent taste and smell in order to set it apart from the pack. Think about what people do when they’re shopping for flower: they open the jar and take a big sniff. If your buds aren’t pretty and the scent is lackluster, perceived quality of your product will fall drastically, leading many people to choose another strain.
Another reason to worry about the taste and scent of your cannabis is that it’s directly correlated to the medical value of your plants. As we’ve detailed in past posts, the terpenes that are responsible for a given strain’s flavor and scent profiles are rich in their own therapeutic qualities. The presence of more of these essential oils directly translates to the presence of more medicinal benefits.
Terpenes Are The Secret To Dank Marijuana Flavor Profiles
By now you’ve probably connected the dots to realize that more terpenes are the key to cannabis plants that have stunning scents and fantastic flavors. As a strain grower, you have the power to influence the level of terpenes present in your plants, and True Blue can help!
Why Are People So Concerned With How To Increase Terpenes In Their Cannabis?
As we’ve discussed, these essential oil molecules are the chemical compounds responsible for giving cannabis its aromatic diversity. And since our sense of smell is deeply connected with our sense of taste, how your cannabis oil smells will have a serious effect on how people perceive its actual flavor. So the question becomes: how do you flavor weed? Well adding cannabis oil to directly to the plant certainly isn’t the answer. Instead, you have to wait until the raw plant material is processed into cannabis oil. Once you’ve distilled the thc, cbd, and other base components into a concentrated liquid, then you can introduce external essential oils to your products.
What Happens If The Terpenes You Add Are Too Strong?
A lot of people reach out to us asking us how to manage the amount of the terpenes they add to their product. While we normally recommend 2%, all isn’t lost if you’ve already gone above that recommended limit. Instead, you can simply dilute your oils. Coconut oil, carrier oils, PG, and PEG are all popular ways of achieving. However, we do highly recommend that you do additional research before introducing any foreign substances like that to your product.
Strain Flavor Tips To Try & Mistakes To Avoid
Things you’ll need to produce plants with high essential oil levels, and thus, stronger scent and flavor profiles:
- Specialized nutrients and soil supplements – Don’t use “bloom” nutrients in the veg stage, and always try to avoid chemical nutrients in favor of fertilizing agents made from organic source (think kelp, bat guano, and worm castings).
- Use strong grow lights that deliver UV-B – While most growers flower their cannabis plants under HPS grow lights, there has been research to suggest that UV-B lights can enhance trichome production as well as strain smell. “Supplementing your flowering plant with UV-B light may increase the potency and smell production by triggering a natural stress response,” explains Grow Weed Easy.
- Keep an eye on temperature and humidity – Indoor cannabis grows often feel like greenhouse operations, but there’s strong evidence to suggest that keeping things cooler and drier can actually enhance the essential oil production of your plants. During the day, strive to keep grow room temps at 80 degrees or below, and keep the night time temperatures 5 – 10 degrees cooler. Humidity should be kept “around or under 50% relative humidity throughout the flowering stage for the best terpene production and overall plant growth,” GWE continues.
Enhance Your Marijuana’s Flavor With Terpenes From True Blue
Focusing on terpene production can be a little intimidating at first, and you’ll likely go through some trial and error. Don’t worry! Strain flavor can always be enhanced after harvest with the help of terpenes from True Blue.
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