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 Weed That Smells Strong And Tastes Superb
Every strain has a unique smell and taste, whether skunky, fruity or anywhere in between. Every grower values huge yields and strong flowers, but nothing quite beats bud, that also smells tempting and tastes delicious.
When growing cannabis, some of the key factors cultivators strive towards are massive harvests, that produce buds of high quality. Cannabis consumers also have the potency of buds high up on their priority list, ensuring, that they get the desired cannabinoid quantity and ratio in return for their money. Another large factor that adds character and value to a marijuana harvest is the smell and taste of the product. Many strains have familiar and nostalgic scents and flavors to them, so much so, that the strain is literally named after either the dank smells of cheese, diesel and skunk, or more fruit and vibrant aromas, such as pineapple, blueberry and apple.
One of the first actions somebody commits when they are looking to purchase marijuana, is to shove their nose into the storage bag or jar and take a big lungful of aromatic goodness. Smell and taste are definitely important when it comes to smoking preferences. However, there is so much information out there regarding how to produce colossal harvests and how to ensure your buds are fully frosted with mammoth amounts of cannabinoids. There is no denying the importance of these factors when growing, but taking measures to ensure the optimum outcome in terms of smell and taste for your crop will only add to the overall quality of your harvest.
TERPENES AND TERPENOIDS
The key players in improving the taste and smell of your cannabis are, without a doubt, terpenes and terpenoids. These compounds are formed alongside cannabinoids on small glands of cannabis flowers known as trichomes. Taking direct measures to influence increased production of terpenes and terpenoids will enable you to maximise the scent and taste, that the specific strain you are growing is capable of producing. Each strain will have its own unique smell and taste due to genetic factors. This can be boosted using growing techniques, however it is important to roughly know what smell and taste you are looking to achieve, and then selecting the correct strain in order to attain the desired outcome.
Terpenes and terpenoids are the molecules responsible for the diverse array of scents and flavors spread across many different cannabis strains. They are also found elsewhere in the plant kingdom and are responsible for the familiar smells of lavender, pine, citrus, basil and more. Although they are absolutely key in the domains of scent and taste, it has been found, that they can also influence the type of high a cannabis plant will produce. They have also been found to have vast potential in the field of medicinal cannabis.
In order to increase the amount of terpenes and terpenoid production in cannabis plants, they need to receive precise amounts of external stress. If you have experience growing and can achieve a good, healthy crop free of deficiencies, mould and pest infestation, then attempting stressing methods is definitely something you may want to try. The process is somewhat delicate, with the correct amount of stress needing to be applied over a long period of time, instead of overwhelming the plants and risking fatalities. The best time to start applying these methods are during the middle or end stages of a plant’s flowering stage.
Low stress training, or LST, is a way of exposing your plant to levels of stress that aren’t quite as extreme as pruning or topping. Low stress training involves manipulating a plant to grow more sideways, therefore exposing far more of the plant to the light source, instead of primarily the top section.
The amount of nutrients provided to your plant can alter the outcome of how strong it will smell and how pleasant its taste will be. When looking to enhance the amount of nutrients a plant has access to, it is possible for growers to use supplements. However, cheaper and more natural products can be used to achieve the same goals. Blackstrap molasses is a popular and effective option, primarily used during the last few weeks of the flowering stage before harvest time arrives. Blackstrap molasses works to provide cannabis plants with valuable carbohydrates, amino acids and minerals, that are key in allowing plants to develop maximum taste and smell.
Other nutritional supplements are available, that assist the blooming process by acting as a source of vitamins, amino acids and other vital nutrients, that are needed to strive for optimal aroma and taste of your crop.
Another supplement category exists, that some growers frown upon, especially if they value completely natural growing methods. However, they may be useful for those struggling to achieve the results they are after. This group of supplements actually add smell to your buds, from grapes to citrus and berry. Once the smells are present in the buds, growers will have to flush their plants around three weeks before harvest to expel excess magnesium.
It has been reported, that natural nutrients contribute more effectively to smell than chemical options. These nutrients break down in the soil over time, and include sources such as kelp, bone meal and worm castings.
As well as providing optimal amounts of nutrients to your plants to increase results, methods also exist, that take us back to the subject of stress, by decreasing the amount. Plants will consume large amounts of nutrients during the vegetative phase when lots of energy is being invested in the development of stems and leaves. Plants also require a large amount of nutrients during the early stages of flowering when buds are being established. However, about 6 weeks into flowering a plant’s demands for such large amounts of nutrients decreases as growth begins to slow down. This will give the grower the opportunity to start to restrict nutrients, but also ensure their plant still has enough to produce optimal yields. Doing this will limit the amount of nitrogen, that will deposit in flowers, which may cause them to develop a harsh smell and taste.
Being mindful of the type of light, that you provide to your cannabis plants can also alter the outcome of your crop in terms of how nicely it will smell and how soothing or striking it will be on the taste buds. UV lights are believed to possibly enhance trichome production, and because terpenes are made in these small glands, they will likely contribute to the overall smell and taste of the harvest. Specifically, it is UV-B light, that causes this production, possibly because the plant produces excess trichomes in order to shield itself from the rays. Be sure to take safety measures when working with this light source, especially protective lenses.
DRYING AND CURING
Drying and curing correctly will help to maintain the integrity of your buds and contribute to the overall taste and smell. Drying buds at a nice slow pace will allow them to maintain a nice smell, and maintaining medium humidity prevents mould and protects trichomes from damage.
Curing your bud correctly will ensure the best smell and taste possible. Place your correctly dried buds into jars or storage bags. Begin to open the container of choice each day to let a fresh supply of air inside. After a couple of weeks you can check less regularly, repeating the shame procedure. This process should be completed after about 1 month.Everyone appreciates bud that is strong, but nothing quite beats the added bonuses of weed that smells amazing and tastes incredible. ]]>