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 rehydrate weed
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- How to store weed
- Why would you want to rehydrate weed?
- How to rehydrate weed
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Any cannabis flower you consume should have a certain level of moisture for an optimal experience. Moisture affects potency, flavor, aroma, and the health of a bud. If cannabis is too moist, it may develop mold and harm your smoke. If cannabis is too dry, it will burn up and possibly degrade too quickly. The ideal moisture content will prevent these potential problems and help give your cannabis the flavor, feel, and effects that you want. If you end up with some dry weed on your hands, there are a variety of tried-and-true methods you can use to rehydrate.
How to store weed
When it comes to keeping flower properly hydrated, the optimal method is always prevention. Proper storage that keeps flower fresh is the best way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your weed. Never store your bud out in the open or on a tray. Improper storage will expose your weed to an excess of oxygen and light, the two most immediate culprits of cannabis degradation. Keeping weed fresh and potent requires a delicate balance of environmental conditions.
Though clear containers and plastic bags are common forms of packing, the best way to store weed is to keep it in an opaque, airtight container in a cool, dry place without direct sunlight. Storing in an opaque container helps to ensure optimal moisture content because it keeps light out.
Storing in an opaque container helps to ensure optimal moisture content because it keeps light out. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Ideally, you should store your weed just below room temperature. Some light and air will inevitably get into your weed containers when they are opened, so be sure to keep them closed when not in use. Properly storing your weed ahead of time is the best way to prevent dehydration and extend shelf life.
Why would you want to rehydrate weed?
Even those with limited cannabis experience have likely smoked some dry weed before. Depending on the severity of the dry bud you smoked, you may not have ever considered rehydrating it, or known it was an option. Weed will inevitably degrade over time andmay dehydrate too quickly, leaving you with a subpar end-product.
In most legal markets, weed isn’t cheap. No one wants to throw their money away, especially if they’ve invested it in top-shelf cannabis. Fortunately, most methods of rehydrating weed aren’t labor-intensive, and many are effective.
There’s no escaping dehydration of your bud in the long run, but if the weed comes to you dry, or dries out before you have a chance to smoke it, rehydrating is well worth your time.
How to rehydrate weed
Weed’s relationship with moisture is complicated. All cultivators dry and cure their cannabis. The goal of drying and curing is not to completely remove moisture from the bud, but to let it slowly dissipate without altering cannabinoid and terpene content.
The ideal moisture content for cannabis flower tends to fall between 6 and 9%. A humidity level above 65% will likely result in mold development on the bud. The drying process is intended to decrease moisture content to less than 15%, while curing takes the bud down to 9% or lower.
The process of drying, curing, and maintaining the optimal moisture of cannabis is a delicate, complicated process. If you find that the weed you’ve purchased, grown, or stored is dry and brittle, there are a variety of ways to resurrect your dry buds.
Here are some of the most common methods of rehydrating weed.
Lettuce comprises up to 95% water, which makes it a great candidate for rehydrating your weed. Similar to using a citrus peel, leaving a small cut of lettuce peel in a bag with your dry buds for 2-3 hours can rehydrate them without transferring any taste or smell.
Fresh weed mixed with dry weed
If you happen to have some fresh, sufficiently moist bud on hand, you can try putting it in the same jar as your dry bud. This method may not be as reliable as others, and you may want to keep your different strains separate, but it’s a quick and easy way to make all your bud fresh without having to use any extra materials.
Damp q-tip, paper towel, cotton ball, or small sponge
Another method of rehydrating without transferring scent and aroma from other plants or foods is to place a damp q-tip, cotton ball, piece of paper towel, or small sponge in a container with your dry bud. If you use a q-tip, try and place it above your nugs without touching them. The point is to absorb minimal moisture from the q-tip, towel, or sponge to get the optimal amount for your weed.
If all else fails, buy disposable humidity control packs to place in your weed jars. Some control packs are specifically designed to preserve optimal humidity for cannabis.
Using a citrus peel is arguably the most popular DIY method of rehydrating weed. All you have to do is cut the outer layer of an orange, lemon, or other citrus peel and place it in your nug jar, tightly sealed of course. Citrus peels are naturally moist but will likely transfer some of their flavor and aroma to your bud. Since weed shares many of the same terpenes as citrus fruits, the added taste and smell may enhance your experience while rehydrating the marijuana.
What you’ll need:
- Dry cannabis
- Resealable jar
- Orange or lemon
- Sharp knife or peeler
First, assemble what you’ll need to rehydrate your weed. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 1: Place dry cannabis in a resealable jar
Place dry cannabis in a resealable jar. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Carefully peel the outer skin of a citrus fruit
Carefully peel the outer skin of a citrus fruit. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 3: Put a piece of peel in with the cannabis
Put a piece of peel in with the cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 4: “Burp” jar once or twice over the next day
“Burp” jar once or twice over the next day. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 5: Enjoy rehydrated weed within 24 hours
Enjoy rehydrated weed within 24 hours. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Moisture is essential for experiencing the best cannabis flavor and aroma, and rehydrating weed can be achieved with a few DIY solutions from ingredients in your kitchen.
Don’t over hydrate your weed
Rehydrating your weed isn’t labor-intensive, but it is something of a delicate dance. The goal of rehydrating is to get your bud back to the state of balance of moisture content that comes from a well-executed drying and curing process. As you rehydrate your weed, check on it rigorously to make sure you aren’t infusing it with too much moisture and risking mold growth.
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