Understanding and Enhancing the Flavour of Weed

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Flavour weed
Author avatar By Derek LaRose
February 21, 2022
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Are you tired of weed strains that promise you a better zing but taste insipid? Do you want to know how to improve the flavour of weed? We’re here to help you.

Read our guide on the different ways to increase weeds’ flavors and learn what makes some strains taste better.

Let’s dive in!

Smelling cannabis buds
Smelling cannabis buds

What does weed taste like?

What does weed taste like? Weed flavours are different depending on where it’s grown, the strain, who grows it, when it was harvested, and even the weather conditions during its growth cycle.

Fruity, piney, citrus, earthy, sweet, and spicy tastes are just some of the many weed flavors. Cannabis secretes terpenes from glands—called trichomes—which produce cannabinoids that give off distinct smells and tastes.

Why are there different flavours of weed?

There are different marijuana flavors because each plant has a set of genes that determine its flavor profile. Genes are passed down through generations and vary based on environmental factors like temperature, humidity, and soil type.

Many growers cross-breed sativas with indicas or vice versa to achieve their desired weed flavor profiles. If you want a fruity tasting bud, choose a hybrid between indica and sativa. For an earthier bud, select a hybrid between two sativas.

This is how we get strains like Blueberry, Lemon Haze, and other notable flavors.

Terpenes occur naturally in weed plants and are responsible for giving off certain scents and tastes. Terpene profiles differ between strains where some have more or less fruity, piney, citrus, earthy, sweet, and spice tastes.

Terpene concentration diminishes over time, and products with a recent package date are often higher in terpenes than older ones.

Growing conditions contribute to the flavour of weed. If your grow room is too warm, expect sweeter buds than when it’s too cold.

The flavour of weed also depends on how you store your bud. If you store your buds in an airtight container with no light exposure, they’ll lose flavor over time. Another option is to flavour your weed yourself. More on that later.

What does homemade marijuana taste like?

What does marijuana taste like? Homemade flavoured weed has different tastes depending on how you extract THC from the flowers. 

Flavored extracts use solvents like alcohol, water, glycerin, and propylene glycol to dissolve the active ingredients of the flower.

These solvents remove all the chlorophyll and other compounds that give the plant its green hue. They also strip away any essential oils that give the plant its aroma. 

Depending on the flavoring agent you use, the final marijuana taste can taste of citrus, herbal, spicy, sweet, vanilla, or tobacco notes.

Weed buds, joint and grinder
Weed buds, joint and grinder

Can you flavor weed?

You can flavour weed to achieve your preferred taste and aroma. Adding anything from fruits and spices to herbs creates unique flavours of weed.

Add essential oils to infuse weed with aromas. Flavors can be added at any stage of the growing process. Some people flavor marijuana before harvest, while others flavour after. You can learn how to flavor marijuana by checking your available ingredients then experimenting.

How to make amazing flavor weed and increase the taste

Flavoring marijuana involves adding natural or artificial substances to your bud. The best way to flavor weed is using fruit, chocolate, coffee, tea, herbs, spices, or even sugar.

To make great-tasting weed, start with high-quality bud. A quality bud ensures that the flavoring doesn’t overpower the original smell and taste of the plant. 

Here are some infusion methods you can try.

Cannabis flavoring before harvest

Weed flavoring before harvest is one of the most common methods. You can use fruit, chocolate, coffee beans, or herbs to enhance the taste of your marijuana.

  • Stop watering your weed 3 to 4 days prior to harvesting to dry out the soil. Don’t let the marijuana dry, as it may die. In case of wilting, water your plants lightly.
  • Use around 15ml essential oils or food-grade extracts on the harvesting day, mixed with 20 liters of water. Water the weed and let it absorb the contents within 3 to 5 hours before cutting.
  • Flowers contain a lot of moisture, so scatter them and allow good airflow to prevent mold build-up, which can alter the marijuana’s flavor.

Cannabis flavoring during harvest

Can you flavor weed during harvesting? It’s not too late if you didn’t flavour weed before you took your shears out. You can still flavor your marijuana during harvest.

  • Use 10ml of essential oil per 1 liter of water. 
  • Mix the solution thoroughly and pour it onto the freshly cut stems. 
  • Let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 hours before drying.

The plant draws the flavored mixture up through the stem and releases it to the flowers. After a week, remove the stem and dry your marijuana as usual.

Similar to marijuana flavoring before harvest, this method contains a lot of moisture. Ensure adequate airflow to prevent mold build-up. Using a small hydrometer in the jar is perfect.

Cannabis flavoring after harvest

After harvesting, keep the marijuana in sealed containers until it’s ready to smoke. Once the buds have dried completely, flavor them using any of these methods:

  • Add 10ml of essential oil to 20 liters of water and stir well. Pour this solution on top of the dried buds. Allow the buds to soak for 24 hours.
  • Add 10ml of essential oil and 20 liters of water to a large bowl and stir well. Place the bowl over a pot filled with boiling water. Keep stirring until the water evaporates. 

Repeat this process several times until the marijuana flavored liquid reduces to one-half. Once the buds absorb the reagent’s flavor, dry them and store them in a jar or can. 

  • Add 10ml essential oil and 20 liters of water to a blender. Blend on low speed until the solution becomes thick and bubbly. Strain the solution through cheesecloth into a glass jar. Discard the residue left behind by the cheesecloth.

Add marijuana to the solution to soak for 24 hours. Remove the buds and dry them.

  • If you don’t want to use the liquid method for the flavours of weed, add dried items to the marijuana jar instead. 

Place cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, or other spices inside the jar. Use a teabag to separate the flavouring agent from your weed.

Remember that different strains respond uniquely to the infusion methods above. Some take longer while others flavor immediately. Before you ruin your harvest, experiment with a single plant to see which method works.

Cooking with weed
Cooking with weed

4 flavor weed strains to you to try

If you’re new to weed, you may be wondering what’s the best way to add flavor to weed or why some weed strains have such an overpowering taste while others are subtle in their flavor. It all comes down to genetics.

If you’re after some flavored weed but unsure of adding tastes yourself, why not have a gander at our excellent flavored strains? Our choices are guaranteed to get your palate hopping.

Here are four flavour weed strains to try:

1. Super Lemon Haze feminized

Super Lemon Haze feminized has won the High Times Cannabis Cup thanks to its timeless genetics from Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze. The sativa dominant strain generates buds with a 15 to 20% THC level and less than 2% CBD.

As the effects set in, a candy-sweet scent of lemonade makes your jaw drop, and every intake fills your tongue with luscious citrus tastes and earthy nuances.

Another puff evokes uplifting emotions that last as you enjoy boundless energy. After the high, a wave of relaxation sets in and tons down possibilities of hyperactivity leaving you feeling relaxed.

The flavor of this weed—and its aroma—is very strong, so be careful when smoking it indoors or outdoors. At Homegrown Cannabis Co., we encourage growers to opt for high-quality cannabis seeds and stick to the strain’s strict growing conditions to realize the best citrus flavor.

Super Lemon Haze feminized
Super Lemon Haze feminized

2. Pineapple Haze feminized

Pineapple Haze feminized is one of the most popular strains in America and has been around for over 20 years. It’s also one of the most sought-after flavored marijuana strains that grow indoors or outdoors.

The sativa dominant is a strain of Pineapple and Haze lineage. With 15 to 22% THC levels and less than 2% CBD, we expect a trippy brain buzz that makes smokers soar.

The fragrance and flavor compare to its namesake fruit. You’ll love the earthly floral undertone combined with a hint of sweet pine. Thanks to the relaxing indica influence that keeps the hyperactivity impulse, everything is usually in check without altering the feel-good effect.

Pineapple Haze feminized seeds are a must-try for recreational users who want to experience good scents, flavors, and long-lasting effects.

Pineapple Haze feminized
Pineapple Haze feminized

3. Strawberry Banana feminized

A refreshing smoothie, the sweetness of a berry, and a hint of freshly cultivated soil are what Strawberry Banana feminized weed flavours taste like.

The mostly indica strain draws its potency from Banana Kush and Bubble Gum parents. With THC levels between 22 to 26%, you’ll get a mild buzz that intensifies within minutes, ousting negative thoughts and achieving sharper sensory perceptions.

Strawberry Banana’s likable fruity essence delights your senses while keeping you in an uplifted mental state. The seeds are easy to cultivate, and the plant matures faster. Even inexperienced hands rarely struggle with this strain.

Strawberry Banana feminized
Strawberry Banana feminized

4. Blueberry Autoflower

Blueberry Autoflower provides the benefits of Blueberry and Ruderalis combined. Blueberry is a true legend, characterized by shades of blue and purple. 

Sweet tooth stoners call it a superstar because of its aroma of fresh berries. Plus, the buds generate up to 21% THC levels, making it a powerhouse. A few puffs have mind-blowing effects. You’ll complete the bulk of tasks you’ve postponed for weeks. Feelings of happiness leave you in high spirits with this flavoured weed.

Similar to Pineapple Haze, this strain is friendly to new growers and can thrive anywhere. At Homegrown Cannabis, we provide you with a germination guide with everything you need to see those seeds pop.

 Blueberry Autoflower
Blueberry Autoflower

Is weed flavoring worth it?

Cultivators are doing anything to achieve the best weed flavors. Cannabis is a very complex plant with many different compounds and terpenes extracted from it. Flavoring marijuana makes it more appealing to consumers and increases its value.

Understanding the flavour of weed and how to improve it is an important topic for growers. Many factors affect the quality of your bud, including the type of strain you grow. Some strains have been bred specifically to produce high-quality buds with outstanding flavor.

At Homegrown Cannabis Co., we believe in quality and offer growers fast-germinating weed seeds and flavoured weed strains with stabilized genetics. 


About the author: Derek LaRose

Also known as Kronic from The Cannabis Kronicles, Derek LaRose is a young ambitious cultivator and a staple educator for indoor cultivation.