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How Can I Create Flavored Marijuana?

“How do I flavor weed?” is a common question by new growers. While I truly believe that the best marijuana flavor is achieved from a properly cured bud, the idea of occasionally ‘flavoring’ some marijuana or making flavored weed seems like a fun concept to experiment with. Weed combined with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, cherry, root beer, and citrus flavors are relatively common flavors that have been experimented with.

The “Natural” Way to Flavor Weed

Most cannabis strains have some natural flavors on their own. In fact, growers have spent years breeding cannabis strains that produce a natural bouquet of scents and aroma that mimic other flavors.

Some cannabis strains you may have heard of include Super Lemon Haze, Strawberry Cough, Blueberry OG, Grapefruit, and probably different variations of lemon, grapefruit, sage, strawberry, blueberry, other berries, etc.

Generally these strains have been bred to specifically be reminiscent of their namesake, but often need the right growing conditions in order to turn out as expected. For this reason, many who decide to grow these strains may be disappointed to find out their home-grown doesn’t taste exactly how they remember when they last tried that strain. It often takes some experimentation to get the desired result.

Pineapple Chunk (by Barneys Farm) – Indica

A lot of the time when someone says a strain smells or tastes like a fruit, they mean that you’ll get small hints of that smell in the undertones. With Pineapple Chunk the buds actually smell sweet, and some really do smell and taste quite a bit like pineapple! Especially if you follow the growing instructions listed below, you’ll yield the best taste!

Although not the highest yielding, this strain produces buds that always get a surprising number of positive comments about the taste and smell, and the bud effects are very smooth.

You will be able to start smelling the pineapple when the plant is still in the flowering stage, but the smell is most pronounced after the buds have been dried and cured.

Smells lemony, and certain plants will end up smelling just like a Lemonhead with a mix of citrus, sour and sweet. The potency is surprisingly strong, energetic and creative, perfect for daytime use. Doesn’t usually cause ‘couchlock’ so many people like this strain for daytime use.

Here is an example of a room full of Super Lemon Haze plants

…and a Super Lemon Haze cola

Blue AutoMazar (by Dutch Passion) – Autoflowering strain, smells like blueberry

A cross between two autoflowering strains from breeder Dutch Passion, this strain is as much about taste and smell as it is about potency!

Here’s a list of more “taste-famous” strains but there are tons and tons of them!

  • Chocolope – chocolate
  • Bubbleicious – bubble gum
  • Blueberry – blueberry

So that is the first step in flavoring weed – finding the right strain! If you go to a major seed bank they often have a way to find the taste/smell you want.

For example, Seedsman has a strain selector you can use, and towards the bottom of the page you have the option to actually search for strains based on taste! They’ve got everything from fuel to peach! I love Seedsman as a seed source because they only carry strains by breeders who have already proven themselves, ship around the world, and have been in business since 2003. They’re very professional, and at least for right now, they are probably as close as you can get to a “real store” for seeds in the US 🙂

What about other, more straightforward methods to flavor cannabis buds? Well there are two basic times to enhance the essence of your cannabis buds: before you harvest the cannabis or after you harvest the cannabis. Although you can change the actual natural taste of your cannabis during the grow, most methods to try to actually alter the natural smell/taste after the grow don’t work well. When it comes to the time after harvest, you have an even more important job – you must dry and cure your buds properly or they may smell like grass or lose their smell altogether!

Grow in “Living” Soil (Super Soil)

Even better than giving your plant organic nutrients is to grow with your roots in a living soil. In other words, this is a type of soil with an active colony of microorganisms. It is like the soil a plant would be using in nature, only it’s even better because it’s been amended with exactly the right kind of nutrients and supplements. There’s evidence buds grown in this medium tend to have a more varied and complex terpene profile, which may lead to buds that smell and taste better.

Greenhouse Seeds has been leading the way in cannabis terpene and terpenoid research by growing cannabis in a variety of ways and then directly measuring the terpene content in the buds. They have found that while hydroponic grows tend to get much higher yields (with the exception of a few Indica strains), soil-grown buds tend to have a more complex terpene profile. You can see the results of the terpene analysis here.

Living soil is often referred to as “Super Soil” in the cannabis world; this just means soil that has been amended and composted. This creates a “micro-herd” of microorganisms in the soil, which break down and feed nutrients directly to your plant roots. As a result, you don’t have to provide extra nutrients or worry about the pH of your soil, because your micro-herd is doing all the work for you. You just water your plants and that’s it!

The one downside is plants tend to grow a little slower compared to using liquid nutrients, but as a reward for using super soil your buds will be much more fragrant, with a lovely bouquet of smells that’s difficult to produce any other way.

If you’re serious about maximizing the taste and smell of your buds, growing in super soil is probably one of the best-known ways to achieve that goal!

Improve Flavor During the Course of Your Grow

Specialized Nutrients & Supplements

When it comes to nutrients and supplements, you have several choices that can help improve the overall scent of your buds. In fact, many products have been formulated specifically to increase and enhance the smell of cannabis buds.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind when it comes to nutrients and supplements…

Only Use “Bloom” (Low Nitrogen) Nutrients in the Flowering Stage

When your plant is in the flowering stage it’s important to make sure you only use specially formulated “flowering” cannabis nutrients, as these nutrients are made for the budding stage and will have lower levels of nitrogen and higher levels of potassium and phosphorous – exactly what your plant wants!

Avoid Chemical Nutrients

Try to avoid chemical nutrients and only use nutrients made from living sources (made from things like kelp, guano, bone meal, worm castings, etc).

Chemical nutrients are nutrient sources listed on the nutrient bottle with molecular compound names like Ammonium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate, Potassium Nitrate, etc.

Chemical nutrients have great qualities that make them attractive to a lot of growers. They increase the rate of vegetative growth and may possibly even contribute to greater bud potency. Using them won’t necessarily “hurt” the smell of buds, but these do not seem to contribute to smell as much as when the plant is using nutrients from living sources. The best smell-related results seem to occur when nutrients are getting broken down in the soil instead of being delivered directly to roots in their most simple chemical form.

The “GO Box” by General Organics offers a nutrient line made of only organic ingredients and specialized for growing plants like cannabis

Another great option is the Fox Farms Nutrient trio for soil. This is a complete cannabis nutrient system that can support your plants from seed to harvest. Although “Tiger Bloom” and “Grow Big” are not 100% organic, they use high quality ingredients and consistently produce great results in soil as far as smell and appearance. The “Big Bloom” part of the trio is probably the best part. It is completely organic and although it’s not a complete food source on its own, it can be used by itself as a Bloom Booster for plants in soil. It’s a bit more difficult to give too much “Big Bloom” to your plants since it’s basically a soup of natural sources of nutrients! (Still, don’t go crazy!)

Restrict Overall Nutrient Levels in Last 6 Weeks of Flowering

Cannabis plants do a lot of vegetative growth during the first several weeks of flowering and need a lot of nutrients to power that growth. However, around 6 weeks after the switch to flowering, they’ve mostly stopped growing new stems and leaves altogether and at this point, their nutrient needs go down quite a bit.

Around week 6 of the flowering stage, your plants will mostly stop growing new stems and leaves, and needs lower levels of nutrients (especially Nitrogen) until harvest

Now, you don’t want to starve your plant of nutrients in the flowering stage because that will cause early leaf yellowing and ultimately hurt yields and bud appearance. If your plant already looks pale green all over, you don’t want to reduce nutrient levels further.

However, as far as smell is concerned, it’s important not to go overboard during the last 6 weeks of the flowering stage with nutrients, especially Nitrogen, as it can deposit a “green” or “chemical” taste/smell to buds. This is true whether you’re using chemical or organic nutrients, though it’s harder to over-fertilize with organic nutrients.

High levels of nutrients, especially the kind found in liquid plant food, can deposit extra nutrients into the buds themselves, possibly altering the taste and smell. After buds are fully formed you don’t want to overdo it with Nitrogen or other nutrients. In addition to hurting the smell, too much Nitrogen can also prevent buds from fattening properly!

NO Scent Neutralizers

Some products are great at neutralizing the smell of cannabis…almost too good.

ONA products are strong enough to neutralize a whole room of almost any smell (it was designed for sewers!), leaving a strong chemical-y clean scent. The problem with scent neutralizers is they can actually alter the smell of the buds themselves. If you use a lot of products that leave a strong artificial “clean” smell (perfume, cologne, Febreeze, ONA products, etc) in the air near your developing buds, it can affect your buds even if they never get touched.

If a product leaves a strong smell of chemicals or perfume in the air, don’t use it near your plants!

The Glade plug-in in your bathroom isn’t going to affect the smell of your buds, but if you spray a lot of Febreeze in the grow space whenever guests come over, or put something like ONA gel in your tent with your plants, your buds may come out smelling just like Febreeze or ONA even if they never come in direct contact. If you don’t know what’s causing the odd taste/smell to your buds, this can be really frustrating!

Learn how to completely scrub all smells using a carbon filter – they work better than any spray product and won’t affect the scent of your buds!

Taste-Boosting Supplements

Supplements can be a controversial topic when it comes to growing cannabis, and there are hundreds of options with new products frequently appearing on the market. It can be tough to cut through all the marketing speak and figure out what actually is going to make a difference in your grow. Here’s a list of the most common (and least controversial) supplements that improve taste:

Sugar-Based Supplements

Many sugar or carbohydrate-based supplements claim to improve the taste/smell/sweetness of buds. A cheap alternative to expensive sugar-based bloom boosting supplements is blackstrap molasses. Giving this to your plants for the last few weeks before harvest can help them get bigger and taste/smell better.

It’s not specially made for plants; it’s the regular stuff you’ll find in your kitchen or at the grocery store). Blackstrap molasses adds sugars, amino acids and trace minerals. Unfortunately for hydro growers, anything organic like molasses is not suitable for a hydroponic reservoir! But molasses works great for soil and coco growers 🙂

For the last 2-3 weeks before harvest, give 1/2 tsp of Blackstrap Molasses per gallon when watering (for soil or coco coir)

Improve or Enhance Natural Bloom Processes

This group contains ingredients that are meant to help the plant do its job better. In addition to carbohydrates or sugar, these types of supplements also contain extracts from plant, marine, and mineral sources, as well as things like vitamins, amino acids, polyflavonoids, etc.

The jury is still out and which is the most effective supplement, but some of the most popular cannabis supplements based on this type of formula include…

  • Floralicious Plus (by General Hydroponics)
  • Liquid Karma (by Botanicare)
  • Diamond Black (by General Organics)

Note: These are only for soil or coco coir! (Since these supplements contain a lot of organic materials like guano and fishmeal, they are not suitable to hydroponic reservoirs)

Supplements that “add” a taste or smell to buds

I’m really intrigued by Botanicare’s Sweet Carbo line. According to Botanicare:

The natural esters in Sweet are easily absorbed by the plant, but are not broken down further once deposited within the plant tissue. This means that as new flowers develop they will contain small amounts of these natural esters which contribute to the overall flavor and aroma of the finished product.

They offer flavors such as grape, citrus, berry, and “raw” (which is just a generally sweet smell). These should be used throughout the flowering stage to help build smell/flavor in the buds as they mature. However, since these contain a small but significant amount of magnesium, they should not be used while flushing during last 2-3 weeks before harvest. At this point, the smells have already been deposited into the buds. Another cool thing about these supplements is they contain amino acids and some other enhancers, so it’s kind of like getting a lot of different products at once.

Other growers who’ve tried the “raw” version have said they can definitely notice an increase in the amount of “sweet” taste and smell in their buds, and it’s made me jealous. For my next grow I plan to use one of these Sweet products as my primary supplement for the flowering stage. I’ll report back whether they make as big a difference as they say 🙂

All these supplements have been developed specifically for enhancing plants like cannabis! Just be careful not to go overboard!

The more types of supplements you use, the bigger the chance you might end up burning or causing a nutrient lockout problem with your plants. If possible, always try to use all supplements and nutrients from the same nutrient company. This lessens the chance of unwanted interactions since the whole line is designed to work together. When in doubt, go for an established nutrient company that has been around for years over one that has just appeared recently!

Flush 1-2 Weeks Before Harvest

If you’ve been giving your plants extra nutrients in their water, then it’s recommended to stop using them 1-2 weeks before harvest time. This gives the plant time to use up any extra nutrients contained in the plant so they are less likely to come through in the taste of your buds.

If you’re not giving your plants extra nutrients in their water (for example if you’re growing in super soil) than there’s no need to flush before harvest because you’ve already been giving your plants plain water from the beginning. Your micro-herd is taking care of getting the nutrients to your plants without going overboard, and by this point in the grow you will have used up a lot of the extra nutrients.

In regular soil it’s common to flush for 1-2 weeks before harvest because there’s still some amount of nutrients contained in the soil.

In coco or hydro there are no extra nutrients as a buffer, so it’s recommended you flush for only a few days to a week. Giving a really long flush in a soilless medium can cause leaves to turn yellow and die too early. This hurts yields and can make buds look less attractive if the sugar leaves turn yellow too.

“Clearing” or “Salt Leaching” Solutions

These products are formulated to help remove extra minerals or salts when flushing the plant, which may reduce the chance that these minerals end up altering the smell or flavor of your buds.

They’re meant to be used if you’ve been giving your plants extra nutrients in their water; they aren’t necessary when the plant has been getting all its nutrients from the soil. If you’ve got an active microbial colony in your soil, these might do more harm than good, but they’re a great choice for growers in soilless mediums like coco or hydro where the plant is getting all its nutrition from liquid nutrients.

  • FloraKleen (by General Hydroponics)
  • Clearex (by Botanicare)

Harvest Using the Right Technique

The most important thing about harvesting cannabis is to…

  • Harvest at the right time. Smells (terpenes) build up throughout the flowering stage. If you harvest too early you will have far lower levels of terpenes, and your buds won’t be nearly as fragrant as they would be if they had been allowed to develop to maturity.
  • Trim buds on their stems so you can hang them upside down to dry. Compared to some other methods, drying on stems makes it easier to get it exactly right. Although not 100% necessary, drying this way gives buds a lot more of a water buffer and makes it much easier to dry buds slowly. Drying buds slowly during the first few days after harvest is crucial to producing cannabis that smells like it did in flowering.
  • Avoid handling buds more than necessary. Bad or rough handling can destroy terpenes and reduce the overall aroma of your buds. Of course you need to touch buds at times, but avoid touching them when you don’t need to. (This is tough one for me but I still try!)

How to Improve Flavor After Harvest

(CRUCIAL – don’t skip this!)

  • Dry buds slowly! Drying buds too quickly can give them a “green” or minty sort of taste and smell that doesn’t go away even after curing. It’s normal for buds to smell sort of like grass or hay immediately after drying, but if you dried them slowly the smell will come back after a few days into the curing process.
  • Maintain a temperature of about 70°F while drying. A good general range for drying is between 60-75°F. However, even though keeping the temperature lower helps prevent terpenes from burning off, the range between 60-70°F is perfect for mold. Because of those factors, I recommend keeping your drying temperature around 70°F if possible.
  • Try to maintain

50% humidity while drying. In the space where buds are drying, you’d like about 50% RH. Humidity that is 40% and lower tends to dry out buds too fast. Humidity that is 60% or higher makes it much more likely you’ll get mold, and buds often take a very long time to dry.

  • Buds are dry when they snap off instead of bend. When buds feel completely dry and pop off their stems without leaving strings behind, they are done drying and ready to put in jars. At this point, the small stems on the branches will snap, but the bigger ones may still bend without snapping (bending means there is still water contained inside).
  • Curing Your Buds in Jars – Read the Full Curing Tutorial

    The curing process may seem unnecessary if you’ve never done it before, but it is going to significantly improve the taste, smell and overall smoothness of your buds. You simply cannot skip the curing process and get cannabis that lives up to its potential.

    There are chemical processes that happen in the buds themselves during the curing process that drastically changes their scent. These processes also increase the perceived potency of buds and many find the mental/body effects of buds to be much stronger and/or more pleasant after buds have been cured.

    • Put buds in jars. Place your newly dried and separated buds in quart-sized mason jars as this is the beginning of the “curing” process. Fill jars 80% full of buds and close them up.
    • Watch out for rising humidity levels! If you’ve dried your buds slowly and put them in the jars at the right time, the overall humidity in the jar is going to rise over time as the moisture from inside the buds works its way to the outside. If buds ever feel moist or are sticking together in the jar, it means there’s too much water contained inside and the jar should be left open for a few minutes to an hour to help dry things out. If this happens to you, check on buds frequently until the humidity has stabilized. Buds should always feel completely dry.

    If you’re interested in closely monitoring your humidity during the curing process, I like the Caliber IV hygrometer, which is small enough to fit in your curing jars and can be found online for cheap. A hygrometer is more of a luxury than a necessity, though it will take out a lot of the guesswork. In this pic, the Caliber IV hygrometers display both the temperature and the relative humidity in each curing jar.

    • At first, open the jars daily to let in air and check on buds. If using a hygrometer you want to keep the RH around 60-65% in the jars. For those who don’t want to monitor the humidity closely you can get specialized “humidipacks” that are designed for curing cannabis. These automatically maintain the humidity around 62%, which is perfect for curing!

    Boveda 62 humidipacks automatically maintain the humidity in jars around 62% RH for you during the curing process

    • Open jars less often after 1-2 weeks of checking daily. As long as buds have stabilized and never feel wet when you check on them, you can start opening the jars less often. You leave jars closed for a few days at first, then a week, etc.
    • Buds are considered “done” curing after 2-4 weeks, though many growers agree that bud quality and smell will continue to improve for several months of curing.
    • Again, it’s normal for buds to smell like hay at first. When you first put buds in the jars, they’re going to smell a little “green” like grass or hay. They will have lost a lot of their “cannabis” smell that was assaulting your nose in the flowering stage 🙂 This is completely normal and your cannabis smell will come back over the first several days to weeks of curing.
    • Watch out for the smell of ammonia or an unpleasant “funk.” Whenever you open your jars and take a little whiff, watch out for the smell of ammonia or a bad “funky” kind of scent. That could mean that extra moisture in the jar is causing anaerobic bacteria to grow when it’s sealed up. If you smell something that doesn’t seem right, keep the lids off your jars for an hour to help buds dry out a bit, and check again tomorrow to make sure the smell has cleared up.

    How Can I Create Flavored Marijuana? “How do I flavor weed?” is a common question by new growers. While I truly believe that the best marijuana flavor is achieved from a properly cured bud, the

    Lemon Heaven: An In-Depth Look at Lemon Strains

    High Times takes a closer view, smell and taste of one of 2017’s hottest flower flavors: Lemon.

    The citrus flavor explodes on the tongue mere moments after the smoke of a fresh chunk of Super Lemon Haze hits the taste buds. Then, the more clearly defined taste starts to distinguish itself; as the generic—yet always welcome—”citrus” piquancy gives way to a luscious lemon that almost gets your mouth juicing and delivers total sensory satisfaction not many weed strains can equal.

    But this indoor-grown Super Lemon Haze smoke is far from completing its mind-enhancing mission, as it joins the bloodstream and begins to work its metabolite magic in cohesion with our body’s own endocannabinoid system. This is truly an energetic and inspiring strain.

    Clearly, if there has been one dominant dank flavor for the first half of 2017 in legal medicinal and recreational states, especially when it comes to sativa strains, it has to be Lemon. Weed excels when it displays that fruit juicy taste, enhancing the overall smoking experience, compared to other strains that bare more woodland or hash-like qualities.

    Consuming a Lemon strain can be akin to a wine tasting experience, in which the “bouquet” of the bud can be taken in first with the olfactory glands, enjoying the aroma to the point where it seems a shame to put the flower to the flame.

    With that in mind, we decided it was overdue to take a closer examination of Lemon-oriented strains and what makes them unique, tasty and oh-so-potent, by speaking to professional ganja growers and researching fans and cultivators’ commentary on Lemon strains via the web. We also included a bit of personal experience, to leave no Lemon question unpeeled.

    ORIGINS OF LEMON

    One of the defining Lemon strains is the 80 percent sativa-dominant Super Lemon Haze (SLH), which won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 20008 and 2009, back when it was exclusively held in Amsterdam. Per Wikileaf, SLH’s parents are Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk, a pair of potent sativa-dominant hybrids that genetically unify to produce an even tastier, more mind-blowing sativa-dom.

    According to DNA Genetics, Lemon Skunk is a 60 percent sativa hybrid with both domestic (Las Vegas) and international (Holland) parents, and a strain that can yield great taste if flowering is limited to 50-56 days.

    Sativa-dominant Super Silver Haze is a legendary strain originating in the 1990’s, and it won three consecutive Cannabis Cups spanning 1997-99.

    Super Silver Haze is a complex cross of potent sativa strain Haze, pure indica Northern Lights and classic hybrid Skunk #1. From this breakdown, it’s apparent SLH had a lot go into it to produce such a tasty, cerebral strain.

    QUALITIES OF LEMON

    Of course, the overwhelming attribute associated with Lemon strains is the pungent, fruity, citrus aroma, taste and even aftertaste. This is due to Lemon strain’s unique terpene profile; terpenes being the aromatic molecules on pot flowers that determine the particular flavor of a given strain, such as SLH.

    A strain’s “terpenoid profile” can vary significantly, for example, from a Lemon strain compared to another strain, such as indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple. This can affect everything from the intensity of the high to the medicinal attributes.

    A cannabis cultivator in legal medicinal state Michigan provided insights into Super Lemon Haze harvesting. This grower noted the unique attributes of the psychoactive qualities of Super Lemon Haze: “The buzz is perfect for being active, it does not drag you down at all. It makes me get up and do stuff!”

    An online board member of the Roll It Up forum praised SLH produced by Green House Seeds, noting that opening a jar “towards the end of cure is like sticking your nose into a sweet fresh lemon .”

    Then, there are the indica-dominant Lemon strains—not as common, but still available, especially at legal dispensaries.

    One example is Lemon Fuel from Madrone Cultivators, which we’ve personally sampled from a local San Francisco dispensary. Lemon Fuel is quite different from any Lemon Haze strains we’ve tried—the indica being very potent, which seemed to correspond with the diminished flavor of the Lemon Fuel flower’s terpenes, as well as in the smoke, inhaled through a glass pipe.

    MAKING LEMON

    On July 13, we had the great fortune to speak at length with Matthew Woolley, executive director of Legion of Bloom, a quality cannabis company located in Northern California. Woolley described his cultivating process of growing in raised beds using amended soil (improved with additives), which are all free of chemical nutrients that produce a very flavorful outcome.

    Woolley added that cultivating cannabis organically plays a tremendous role in producing a truly high terpene content. Producing a healthier flower with a superior smell and taste seems like a “win-win” as far as we’re concerned!

    The marijuana farmer we spoke with in Michigan said: “The SLH phenotypes (the physical expression based on a plant’s genetic makeup) that I had (eight different phenos), all grew big outdoors, huge, eight feet around and eight feet tall. One could have grown 10 feet around and 10 feet tall, if I let it. The sativa genes made them grow so tall—even indoors.

    “SLH can handle as many nutrients as you throw at it,” he added. “The strain seemed to resist mildew, mold and bud rot very, very well.”

    The grower’s only complaint? “I wish it had a shorter flowering time, as it clocks in around 65-70 days.”

    One online cultivator noted that the White Lemon strain from Green House Seeds didn’t produce the best quantity after vegging for 30 days under 400 mh lights and flowering under a 400 watt high pressure sodium grow light system. The forum member posted: “An average yield for a good strain, with a very fruity and citrus smell.”

    PUNGENT & POPULAR

    Regarding the recent popularity of flavorful strains such as Lemon, Matt Woolley commented: “‘I’ve noticed a trend with fruitier flavors, cannabis strains with fruitier terpene profiles have started to gain popularity. For the longest time, it seemed like the more ‘gassier,’ fuel-tasting type strains (like Sour Diesel) were the most popular, but now it seems like the Lemon strains and the fruitier strains are making more of a surge in popularity.”

    “Fruit is a flavor everyone can identify with,” he added, “and with the same terpenes being in fruit also being present in these cannabis strains, that’s a correlation that people can make.”

    When asked if more flavorful strains such as SLH will have even more appeal to novice pot users once the recreational market in California opens in 2018, Woolley was quick to agree, and elaborated: “I do think terpene profiles will be very important going forward in the adult-use (recreational) market. I think people will gravitate towards strains that have that pungent smell.

    “By the very nature of it having a pungent flavor and smell, it’s going to set itself apart in the adult-use marketplace, and become the preferred choice over a strain that might not be so ‘loud’ in terms of flavor,” he continued. “The same could be said on the medical marijuana side, although patients are understandably more focused on the effects of a given strain versus the flavor.”

    Matt Woolley and Legion of Bloom have cultivated several Lemon strains, one of the most trendy being a strain called “Nina Limon,” playfully named for pop singer Nina Simone. We’ve personally sampled this sativa-dominant hybrid, which is bursting with flavors that makes the user feel like they’ve downed a glass of lemonade, or maybe have a lemon candy under their tongue, with Limon’s bountiful aftertaste.

    LEMON FRESH CONCENTRATES

    Not surprisingly, cannabis concentrates of Lemon strains are also making an impact on the medicinal and recreational markets. Lemon extract products are not only wildly popular—they’ve been reaping rewards! Products like Lemon Skunk Rocks by Got Meds took first place for “Best Medicinally Infused Product” at the 2017 Midwest Cannabis Cup in Michigan. Most impressively, “Best Sativa Concentrate” was captured by Lemon Punch, manufactured by Maze Floriculture and Moxie Michigan.

    LEMON-AID

    Finally, it’s always important that the use of cannabis as a healing agent never be overlooked in the ganja gold rush to profit off the recreational market. Seeking to enhance the flavor and taste of flowers can actually have significant medicinal benefits.

    In that regard, Matt Woolley noted, “there are links between the terpene profiles working with certain cannabinoids in an interaction producing what is commonly referred to as the ‘entourage effect,’ which can have what medical patients are seeking.”

    When Matt referenced the ‘entourage effect,’ he wasn’t referring to a cable TV show, but rather, as noted by Project CBD, it’s the synergistic interaction of cannabis’ hundreds of trace compounds, including THC, CBD and, yes, terpenoids. This combination of compounds creating increased benefits defines cannabis as a polypharmaceutical plant.

    In the context of Lemon flowers, this means that all those incredible smells and tastes that linger long after the smoke is exhaled are actually working together to make a more healthier you, putting an added smile on your day along with that great buzz and flavor of SLH and her sister strains.

    High Times takes a closer view, smell and taste of one of 2017’s hottest flower flavors: Lemon.