5 of the best things to use for naturally flavored cannabis

Published Jun 8, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Even if you’ve got access to the world’s best weed strains, it might not take long to get bored with the more traditional tastes and smells. Luckily, you can always experiment with different strains that produce alternative flavors, but if you’ve already got a bag or even an entire crop that isn’t quite satisfying, then you’ll need reactive measures that can help to smooth things over.

In some cases, cannabis enthusiasts have a specific flavor of weed in mind when they set out to grow or shop, and it can be disappointing to end up with a whole bunch of product that doesn’t pack the same punch that you had hoped for. Luckily, you can change all of that with only a handful of pure, organic ingredients and without causing any harm to the buds. Though we highly recommend that you try them, we also suggest starting small with only a few buds so that if you aren’t happy with the results, you aren’t all the way back to square one.

1. Fruit peels

Apple, orange, banana, pineapple, and pretty much any other fruit with a rind can be used to add moisture to a bag of weed, but they offer multitasking abilities, as they also lightly and carefully infuse cannabis buds with their fruity flavor and smell. It is a good idea to avoid throwing mushy fruit bits into the bag, as that can encourage mold growth, and it is also important to retrieve the fleshy pieces within 24 hours because they will quickly begin to break down, which could damage the plant materials.

2. Mint leaves

Some of the best weed strains promise a subtle, yet distinguishable aroma of mint, but if you’re looking for a sensation and flavor that is similar to menthol cigarettes or flavored vape juice, then you’re going to need to go the extra mile and toss a mint leaf or three into your bag. The best part about this flavor addition is that you can leave it in there for days, and the taste will just keep on getting stronger, and it won’t add extra moisture, so you don’t have to worry about mold risks.

3. Rose petals (or other large flowers)

Technically, this one can be risky if you are unsure about the edible status of a flower, which is why we highly recommend that you stick to roses for a sweet and flowery flavor because they are entirely safe to eat and to smoke. To use them, all you need is a single flower. Pluck only the largest petals from the bunch and then toss them into your bag of cannabis for anywhere from 24 hours to indefinitely. Eventually, they will dry out, shrivel up, and then they can be smoked along with your buds, or you can remove them to avoid the harsher side effects of leaving the petal materials behind.

4. Terpenes

If you want to be sure that you’re using pure organic ingredients, then a great place to turn is your local producer of terpene juice. What they do is harvest the terpenes that are already present in certain strains, and then they condense them so that they can be added to perfume, or used to make the most natural flavor of the plant shine through.

It only takes a few drops and you can instantly make Green Crack flowers taste just like a sweet Blueberry or turn a plain old Jack Herer product into a spunky tropical bouquet of taste and aroma with some terpenes from Pineapple Express. Though it can be a bit expensive to get started, it’s a high-quality option that leaves cannabis consumers raving and impressed.

5. Other tasty buds

The idea works off the same principals as adding terpenes. Only it won’t be able to alter the flavor quite so intensely, which can be a good thing because then you’ll never be faced with a taste that is too strong to handle. The best part is actually how easy it is, as all you need is a fair-sized bud that has a flavor and smells that you love. Then all you need to do is throw it in your bag and leave it for as long as you need to, to see a noticeable difference. It might not make your joint taste just like a dinner mint, but it can help to adjust the natural aromas of a strain that you simply don’t like.

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