Don’t get me wrong, I love the natural good taste and smell of weed but sometimes just for the fun of it, I like to experiment with flavoring cannabis by adding some weed flavors to my plants. It’s also a tool to use if your harvest turned out to be pretty crappy and you need to add weed flavors to cover up the taste.
Marijuana flavors and naturally flavored seeds
Some cannabis strains have their own special marijuana flavors and naturally flavored seeds. There are even growers who spend years breeding strains that produce a natural scent to imitate other flavors. Some of the strains of naturally flavored seeds we carry that imitate the smell of other flavors include: Blueberry 420, Carmelicious, Lemon Haze, Limoncello Haze, Mangolicious, and Pineapple Express. The imitated flavors may be subtle and depend on the grower’s way of growing, drying, and curing the buds.
When to flavor
If you want to experiment with flavoring cannabis by adding your own personal cannabis flavors to your weed, you can follow a process either before or after harvesting your bud. I prefer doing it before.
Adding cannabis flavor before harvest
If you go with flavoring your weed before harvest, then you are going to infuse the plant with some strong weed flavors, or extract, right before you harvest your flavored weed. It’s a one-time-only deal, nice ‘n easy. Don’t even attempt to do it throughout the grow period, as the cannabis flavor will break down over time, can cause adverse affects on your plant and even attract pests. Harvest your flavored weed just to lock in the weed flavors you’ve given it as you begin the drying process.
Essences, extracts and oils
The first thing you’re going to do is starve (yes, I said starve) your precious plant of water right before you harvest your flavored marijuana. Do this only for a few days though – no more than 4. Then feed it your own special weed flavors or aromas that you’ve created using essential oils or extracts. Basically anything rich in volatiles is a good candidate. Volatiles, like terpenes, have a low boiling point and essential oils contain these terpenes.
That is why when you open the lid of things like essences, extracts, and essential oils, you can easily smell it. Even though most essential oils are expensive, you will only need a little bit because they’re so intense. Extracts can easily be found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store. You can find anything from lemon, strawberry and banana to root beer and butter extracts. If you really want to go crazy, you can even mix flavors like strawberry and banana.
Flavoring cannabis is easy
Simply create the mixture you want by mixing water with whichever marijuana flavors you’re going for. You can regulate how strong you want the aroma to be by the amount of flavor you add to the water. If you want a nice subtle aroma, use 1 tablespoon of extract to 5 gallons of water. I would advise you not to use it on your whole crop as you never really know how it will turn out the first time you experiment with it. You can also try different weed flavors on different plants so that you can decide which one you like best for future flavored weed harvests.
Flavored weed ready for harvest
Water your plant with the mixture and allow a few hours for all the water to be soaked up. Now your flavored weed plant is infused with your mixture and you are ready to harvest. Dry and cure your buds as you normally would, but look out for mold. Since your buds got a big dose of water just before harvesting, they are pumped full of moisture.
Check them regularly and keep them from touching each other during drying. After the curing has been done, you will have awesome smelling flavored weed. But remember that different strains take to weed flavors differently. Sometimes you can hardly notice it, while at other times, with a different strain, the added flavor is super effective. This holds especially true for strains that are already fruity.
Adding cannabis flavor after harvest
The other, more risky, way to flavor your buds is after harvesting, when you’re going to combine weed flavors while curing your buds. This is a more risky option because it often causes mold in your curing jar. Just like with the previous method, you should only do the flavoring on some of the buds and not your whole crop, unless you’ve done it before with the same strain and everything. This method will include adding marijuana flavors inside the jar of your curing buds.
Choosing your weed flavors
First off, choose the flavor that you’re going to use for your flavored marijuana. If you want to use an essence or essential oil, put some on a cotton ball and hang it from the lid of your curing jar. Remember that this is a liquid and you should air out the jar often and watch closely for mold.
A fruity way of flavoring cannabis
You can also use fruit peel made from the skins of lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, for example. If you use fruit peel, you should dry out the peel before putting it into your curing jar, as you don’t want to add any moisture to your jar. This can be done by dehydrating the peel in your oven. After they are dehydrated, cut up the peel in tiny pieces.
Pantyhose works great to get the jar filled with flavor. All you have to do is make a ball of fruit peel in the bottom part of the pantyhose, then knot it to close it off and let it hang from the top of your curing jar, not touching any buds.
Spice it up!
You can also use spices like cinnamon, chamomile, or rosemary. If you go for this option, cut open and empty a tea bag. Put your spice mix into the tea bag and staple it closed. This doesn’t give it a strong flavor but it’s quite nice and subtle.
Lastly, you can flavor your buds with a vanilla pod. This can be found in the baking section of the grocery store. Slice open the pod and scrape out the seeds, as this is where the oil is. You can also put this in pantyhose mixed with fruit peel, or alone in an emptied tea bag.
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