We all love the natural good taste and smell of weed but you could try, just for the fun of it, flavoring cannabis by adding some weed flavors to your 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.
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.
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. This is one of the methods, that is the most effective. Meaning, of course, that you rarely run into problems with this method, and typically have very good results. This is an excellent way to begin your experiment with adding different things for having smells and flavors to your marijuana plants.
You might wonder why it is not better to try to infuse the plants with the preferred flavor during the entire growing season. After all, in theory that would enhance the chosen flavor and imbue the entire plant with a strong, savory taste. However, I have found the opposite to be true. Over the course of the growing season, for some reason the flavor actually grows weaker, not stronger.
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 before harvest
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.
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.
Or you can add some flavor to your buds with a new method that was discovered by David B. Allen M.D. from Cannabis Digest. While roots can’t uptake terpenoid flavor molecules, a freshly cut stem certainly may be able to do so.
If you want to try this experiment at home with a flowering plant, simply cut a side branch with a bud and a few leaves on it that’s ready for harvest, and put it in a dilute solution of vanilla extract in purified water. Even if the stem is cut, the process of transpiration still occurs. Water evaporates off the surface and underbelly of the leaves, which creates a back pressure, pulling xylem through the veins of the branch, then the stem, then the branch, and eventually pulls up your vanilla solution.
After about a week, the entire cutting should be saturated with this solution, so take it out and cure as you would a normal bud. Keep track of it among the rest of the buds, and smoke a bowl to see if you notice a difference.
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!
- Menthol, spearmint, vanilla, maple, peppermint, fruits…
Smear some on to a cotton ball and put in the jar.
- Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, apples…
Use the peals only and put a little piece into jar.
- Rose, lilas, fruit blossoms and other flowers.
Put some in the jar.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, rosemary, camomille
Use a tea bag,cut a corner off and empty it and refill with spices and staple the corner and put in jar.
- Wine, port, sherry, wiskey
Smear some on to a cotton ball and put in the jar.
Flavouring mediums to avoid
When sugar burns,it burns hot and gives off a hot,black carbon smoke,to avoid a carbon smoke,it might be wise to stay clear of:
- any soda pop,
- maple syrup or sugar,
- anything containing sugar.
Get creative with weed flavors! You could end up with some bomb diggity awesome tasting flavored weed! It is strongly advised that any flavourings be applied to only a sample,say a few joints worth.
Being stuck with a kilo of some drab flavor like avocado flavored weed may get to be a bit much,especialy in the bleakness of february.
Do only a bit at a time to see how you like it.
Most flavourings will fade away if exposed to air,so keep any flavoured cannabis in a tightly sealed jar.