How to enhance the flavors of cannabis?

Cannabis tastes wonderful when the flavors take over. Find out how to enhance them in this article
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How to enhance the flavors of cannabis?

How to flavor weed” is one question many people ask. And, it’s not only the growers but even users purchasing cannabis have the same question. In this article, you’ll find tips to flavor cannabis but they will help you if you’re a grower yourself. For non-growers, a section at the end of this article may help.

So, is it even possible to flavor marijuana? Yes, it definitely is. It’s fun to do so and the best part is that it’s safe. Well, at least the methods described here are...

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Best way to enhance the flavors of cannabis

There are so many different types of flavors you find in cannabis. It’s really mind-boggling. For instance, Green Crack smells like fresh mangoes and also taste like them! And, the magic is due to the terpenes found in the plant.

Thus, you should focus on the flavors much before you buy the seeds. Naturally, by finding strains that are tested to taste like a particular fruit, you’ll be more successful in growing cannabis that tastes amazing. No matter what flavor catches your fancy – chocolate, strawberry, cherry, mango, pineapple, and citrus – you’ll find them all.

Breeders grow these strains with a specific idea – flavors. They pollinate them with other proven and tested strains to create seeds that are magical and taste great at the same time. By now, you’ve probably understood that since it’s the terpenes that make the buds click, you must focus on increasing the terpenes. You can do that while the plant is growing. But in this post, we will talk more about increasing the flavors in different ways.

Stress the plants

Yes, you read that right. By stressing the plants a bit, you’re actually forcing them to perform as best as they can. For example, have you noticed how small pots with flower plants in them produce too many flowers compared to big pots? That’s because the smaller pots actually stress the plants into fighting for space. But, it’s important to remember that you cannot stress the plants too much. Overdo it, and you risk killing the plants. So, you can start stressing the plants right when they are growing using different methods.

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Smoothie Auto
Genes
Sativa/Indica
Genetics
Somango x Blueberry
Flowering
10 weeks
Harvest
XL
Height
80-110 cm
THC
Up to 24%
CBD
Low
Autoflowering
Yes
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1. Stop watering

Firstly, stop watering the plants when they are close to harvest. For example, if you water every 3 days, skip one cycle. But, keep an eye on how the plants fare. If they droop too much, replenish them with little water. Do not do this when the plants are far away from harvest or you’ll ruin the buds.

2. LST

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Another method commonly used to stress cannabis plants is LST. Low Stress Training is a technique where you bend the stems to the side of the container so that the light is distributed in a uniform fashion. The buds at the bottom also get more light and you’ll actually turn those popcorn buds into good, dank buds. MIx this with SOG and you'll have a thriving garden full of buds. 

LST helps a lot with light. But, another reason you should try the technique is because it stresses the plant a bit. If done the right way, you’ll help the plant perform a lot better than you initially imagined.

3. Supercropping

Some people also break solid branches of the plant to stress the plant a lot more. This method is called supercropping. But, do not try this with autoflowers because they have a short lifespan. Although some experienced growers try supercropping even with autoflowers, beginners should restrain from doing so. Sometimes, the plant may not recover on time and you’ll end up with small yields. In fact, beginners must try every stressing technique with caution.

LSD25 Auto
LSD-25 Auto
Genes
Mostly Indica
Genetics
LSD autoflowering
Flowering
9-10 weeks
Harvest
XL
Height
70 - 120 cm
THC
High
CBD
Low
Autoflowering
Yes
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4. Defoliation

Defoliation is a process where you remove the leaves of the plant to stress the plant. Like LST, this method also helps the plant get more light due to a shortage of leaves. Go for leaves surrounding the buds in particular so that the buds get a lot more light.

If you’re growing autoflowers, though, make sure you try this method when the plant is in the vegetative stage. Also, ensure that you don’t remove too many leaves even if the plant is in the vegetative stage. This means that aggressively defoliating leaves during the flowering stage will have a negative impact on the yields.

Use products that boost the terpenes

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You already know that increasing the terpenes will increase the flavor of the cannabis. Thus, purchase products like Terpinator, Sweet, and Rock Resinator to help the plants produce more resin. But, if you want to produce your own fertilizer that can beat any of these commercially made products, use molasses.

The best way to increase resin in the plants is to use molasses. Simply add a tablespoon of molasses to your water before watering the plants. What does it do? It simply feeds the microbes present in the soil. At the end of the day, if you keep the microbes happy, they will ensure that the nutrients present in the soil are transported well to all parts of the plant.

Purple Lemonade
Purple Lemonade
Genes
70% Indica / 30% Sativa
Genetics
Purple Lemonade
Flowering
9-10 weeks
Harvest
XL
Height
70-110cm
THC
Up to 22%
CBD
Low
Autoflowering
Yes
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You can also replace molasses with brown sugar. To make your fertilizer better, add magnesium sulfate or epsom salts available in grocery stores to increase resin production.

Here’s a quick recipe:

1 teaspoon brown sugar

9 tablespoons epsom salt

4 cups of water

Boil the water in a pan at first. Stir in the remaining two ingredients. Switch off the flame once the ingredients have dissolved completely. Let the mixture cool. Mix the solution with water until it measures a gallon. Store the solution in a container.

Now, every time you water the plants during the flowering stage, use about 8-10 ml of this solution per gallon and you’ll see the plants actually respond beautifully.

Remember that the primary ingredient used in most products used to increase resin is either potassium sulfate or molasses. Use both of them if needed, but make sure you follow exact recipes so that you don’t cause any harm to the plants. With natural ingredients like molasses, however, there isn’t much to worry but make sure that you dilute it before adding it to the plants.

Here are some additional tips to increase flavors:

Increase flavor after harvesting

This is for those that purchase buds. Sometimes, cannabis loses its flavor, and that can happen due to a variety of reasons. If the buds aren’t stored well or not cured properly, they lose flavor. It could also happen if the buds are simply too old.

In such cases, you can enhance the flavors, but remember that your choices are limited. So, for instance, if you have a jar full of cannabis that smells like citrus, you can increase the flavor by taping lemon slices to the top of the container.

This method really works and a beautiful aroma of citrus will hit your nostrils when you open the jar. However, there are two things you should keep in mind. Firstly, use the slices only for a limited period of time. 12 hours is good enough to increase the flavor. If you let the slices remain in the container for more than 24 hours, you will have to deal with mold.

Since the slices are full of moisture, the buds will attract mold. If you see a slight chance of the buds getting wet, remove the top of the container and let the buds breathe for a while.

There are many other methods to increase the terpenes, but that’s a post for another day!