Cannabis is enjoyed not merely for the enjoyable effects that it provides but also for the delicious flavor that it imparts. The taste and aroma of a cannabis strain are typically what first attract consumers. The cultivation, curing, storage, and processing journey of any given batch of cannabis contributes to its final flavor profile. That said, genetics plays a huge role as well. What creates the unique flavor of cannabis? And which strains are the most delicious? Let us find out.
What Creates the Flavor of Cannabis?
The scent of cannabis is one of its most striking characteristics. You may be familiar with some of the hundreds of active components found in the cannabis plant, including the cannabinoids THC and CBD. Along with these are terpenes and flavonoids that play a major role in establishing the flavor characteristics of our preferred strains.
Terpenes are a type of oil produced by the same glands that make THC and CBD. They serve an important function in plants by helping them to attract pollinators, deter pests, or recover from damage. Flavonoids are another lesser-known class of cannabinoid chemicals. Terpenes and flavonoids work together to create the unique flavor profile of our preferred strains.
Some examples of terpenes include myrcene which is responsible for the characteristic skunky and earthy scent of cannabis. There is also alpha-pinene— which can also be found in rosemary—that creates a distinctive piney and woodsy aroma. Another terpene is beta-caryophyllene which has a pungent and peppery taste that is similar to cloves or black pepper.
Best Tasting Cannabis Strains
The Lemon Brulee strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid of Death Star, Lemon Skunk, and Sensiburn OG. High in limonene terpenes and linalool, this strain is famous for its tantalizing citrus aroma, its strong, tangy flavors of lemon and grapefruit, and its light tea undertones. Lemon Brulee has calming cerebral effects that make it ideal for relieving tension. Its slightly sour properties also make the strain effective for enhancing appetite.
Strawberry Cough is a cross between Strawberry Fields and Haze, two well-known strains. The skunky and berry aromas and tastes of this strain of marijuana will entice anyone to try it. The strawberry qualities of this variety include its sweetness, red color, and ripe flavor. Despite its sugary moniker, Strawberry Cough is an exceptionally potent cannabis strain with strong euphoric and cerebral uplifting effects, great for relieving stress.
Dutch Treat is an indica-dominant strain that was invented in Canada back in 1992. Although this is a considerably older strain, it is still one of the most delicious strains featuring a wonderfully complex combination of herbs, pine, and eucalyptus, with subtle hints of sage. Thanks to its calming and relaxing properties, Dutch Treat is ideal for daytime use and is popular with people who want relief from insomnia, headaches, stress, and pain.
The grandparent of other strains in the ‘Blue’ family such as Blue Dream and Blue Cookies, Blueberry has a very fruity blueberry flavor that is full of sugary and juicy goodness. This is complemented by vanilla and an undertone of earthy and piney scents. Blueberry promotes relaxation and sleep and comes with a calm and happy euphoric high. It is good for treating stress, relieving pain, and inducing appetite.
A descendant of Blueberry, Blue Dream has won a Cannabis Cup trophy for its intense berry scent and sugary fruity aroma. However, unlike its grandparent, this strain has a stronger aroma of pine and spice which counteracts the sweetness and results in a very tasty flavor. Blue Dream boasts long-lasting effects and a focused high that makes it perfect for daytime use and for treating chronic pain and depression.
As intriguing as its name, pure sativa landrace Durban Poison offers a flurry of complex flavors that are hard to describe but a delight to enjoy. Its taste changes from sweet candy to tangy lemon and spicy anise with floral undertones. The THC level in Durban Poison can exceed 20%, producing an energizing and refreshing high with intense clarity. Lovers of the strain use it to address anxiety, exhaustion, depression, and lack of creativity.
If you love the smell of peeling an orange, the Tangie strain is for you. Thanks to an abundance of limonene, it has an unforgettable and uplifting zesty citrus flavor. However, a tinge of skunkiness sets it apart from the other sweet fruity strains. Tangie has a THC level that hovers around 20%, producing a clear and energetic high that brings happiness and focus. It is great for relieving anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
The Zkittlez strain will let you taste the rainbow. Strawberry, grape, lemon, and berry combine to create a whole spectrum of bold, fruity flavors. Herbal undertones help to balance the sweetness and the lingering aftertaste takes your mind on a tropical escape. Zkittlez is another high-THC strain that can boost your spirits and bring you added motivation. It is excellent for relieving stress, improving mood, and enhancing focus.
Cannabis lovers no longer have to choose between potency and flavor. This is a great relief, especially for medical cannabis users who need to consume cannabis regularly. These days, there is a wide range of cannabis strains and flavors, from sweet and tangy to herby and earthy.