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.
Flavoring Weed with Extracts
Have you ever wanted to know the best and fastest way on how to flavor marijuana or have you seen guys struggle to learn the easy methods on how to add flavor to weed? If so, then you are in the right place. In this 3-minute read article, I will share with you the simplest way of flavoring weed with extracts.
As you may beware, flavoring weed makes it smell nice whether it is when it is still growing, harvesting, or when you are storing it. During these different periods, you will need to employ different strategies of flavoring marijuana.
Let’s discuss some of the things you can do to flavor your weed before you harvest, when harvesting, and after harvesting your weed.
Flavoring Weed Before Harvesting
Flavoring marijuana starts way long before you harvest your marijuana. If you want the marijuana strain you’ve planted to have a flavor you prefer, then you need to start preparations a few days before you embark on harvesting your weed.
According to expert marijuana growers, preparations start 3-5 days before harvesting time. During this time, you need to stop watering your marijuana plants. Stopping will enable the plant from usurping extra mineral salts and other nutrients from the soil. Besides, in those days, the soil will have lost water thus remaining dry.
Although you should stop watering your crops approximately 5 days before you start harvesting, you need to exercise caution. It is important not to stop watering the plants many days before you start harvesting, lest, your marijuana crops will wither fast, dry up, and finally die.
In the event that your marijuana crops start to wither fast or show any sign of wilting before the harvest day, you can add a little water to the crops. If you decide to do so, make sure you sprinkle the water evenly to hit each plant.
When harvest day finally comes, mix extracts from your preferred food-grade or 15 milliliters of mild solution to approximately 20 liters of clean water. The amount of liters of clean water depends on the expected harvest. You can increase the number of liters of water if the harvest is huge.
Now that you have a flavored mixture, slowly and gently water your crops. You should be careful not to waste the solution to surface runoff.
Allow the crops to consume the solution for a few hours (roughly, 3-5), before you start to cut your weed.
PS. By now, your weed has a lot of water. First, they have consumed the water from the soil for several weeks. Second, you have just watered them with a flavored solution a few hours before you started to cut them. Because of this, the weed is now moist. That is why you need to spread the crops properly to avoid dampness. Make sure there is enough airflow among the crops to minimize mold formation. If possible, keep the crops as separated as possible.
How To Add Flavor To Weed During Harvest
Sometimes, things may not go as planned. You may want to flavor your weed before harvesting but something happens and you are unable to do what you planned. All is not lost. You can still add flavor to your weed.
In this second step of flavoring weed with extracts, you will still use the same method you applied in step one. By now, you have just cut your fresh weed from the greenhouse or from wherever you planted them. You can still add flavor to the crops.
Unlike the first step that required you to water the crops with a mixture of 20 liters of water and your chosen flavor, you now need a little amount of the solution. You need to put the solution in a glass.
After filling a glass with a flavored solution, now it is time to cut a leaf of weed and dip it inside the mixture. You don’t have to wait until the leaves are dry. A fresh leave, full of life is ideal for dipping inside the mixture contained in a glass. Why dip a freshly-cut weed leaf into a flavored solution?
When the weed leaf is still alive, it has a high chance of drawing water from the glass up to the stalk and other parts of the weed.
PS. You need to give the leaves time to settle inside the water for about seven days. In these seven days, the leaves will have drained all the solution from the glass. You can then remove the leaves from the solution, chop them to your preferred size, then dry the harvest as you usually do.
How To Flavor Weed After Harvesting
The question of how to flavor marijuana at a time the leaves and the stalks seem to be withering and drying up, seems to be a hard one for many people. Nonetheless, there is nothing impossible about flavoring weed even when it seems that it is too late.
Even when the flowers are weak and jarred, you can still add flavor to this important crop. The first step towards adding flavor to weed at this time is to add essential items into the jar.
You need to find essential oil or any other extract that you prefer. Then, you will need to soak cotton balls inside the extract. The next thing would be to ensure you attach the cotton ball to the lid of the jar. Make sure the cotton ball does not fold anywhere. Rather, it has to hang from the lid facing down.
When you hang the cotton balls, make sure they do not stretch to touch weed buds. The other thing you need to watch for is to check whether there is excess moisture inside the jar because excessive moisture causes mold, which will result in the weed rotting.
You can also minimize the chances of your weed from rotting by adding several dried items into the jar. Some of the dried items you can add to your jar include flower petals, apple slices, and citrus peels. Alternatively, you can add to your marijuana spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and rosemary. If you do this, your weed will flavor your weed.
You don’t have to take weed in a traditional way. More than any other time in history, you can add flavor to your weed whether it is before you harvest, during or even after you have harvested your marijuana. Therefore, it is no longer how to flavor marijuana or how to flavor weed but when do you want to flavor your weed.
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