What is a “weed salad”?
Millions of cannabis lovers, including you, have probably made at least one, whether you know it or not.
A “salad” is when you mix and smoke up two or more different strains of cannabis blended together in the same bowl.
The term appeared in Urban Dictionary in 2009, though every circle names it different. Weed lovers report salads being called:
- The blendo
- Mendo blendo
- Grower’s surprise
- House party
- Spring mix
- One fancy industry person calls it her “estate blend.”
Many ensaladas are born of desperation—two humble stoners combining the last shake from several bags into one full bowl, said Cannabis Pharmacy author Michael Backes.
Backes is also the world’s leading cannabis blend-maker through his California brand, Perfect.
“I’ve discovered salads where it’s a ‘stone soup’ thing; where everybody brings something and throws it in the pot, and goes, ‘Wow, this is really good. What the hell is this?’” he said.
“It can be crap, or it can be a masterpiece you’ll never reproduce.”
Michael Backes, author, Cannabis Pharmacy
“It goes both ways. It can be crap, or it can be a masterpiece you’ll never reproduce.”
Backes made his first salad—some chocolatey, body-buzzing Thai Stick mixed with some piney, euphoric Kona Gold—back in ‘74 or ‘75, he said. “Mixing them was great because you got this symphony rather than a solo.”
For thousands of years, humans have cherished wine, whiskey, and coffee blends. Cannabis breeders certainly spend every day crossing the best of the new with the best of the old for an even better future.
And today, Backes precision-blends cannabis cultivars to target marijuana effects not found in nature.
So whether you’re bored, adventurous, or almost out of weed—a salad is the way.
What weed salads are not
They’re not edible, only smoked
Yes, you can eat or juice raw cannabis leaves for health or fun—but that’s a whole other thing and isn’t considered a weed salad.
They’re not cannabis mixed with other products
Weed salads are cannabis-only smoked blends—not tobacco, or sage, or rose petals, or whatever’s going on with that.
Salad club’s only rule: Care for your greens
Marijuana’s aroma comes from its little stink molecules, called terpenes. These “terps” give cannabis its aroma, flavor, and wide variety of effects. But terps are delicate. Heat, light, air, and time all kill terps. Conserve terpenes by keeping your fresh herb sealed tight, in a cool, dry, dark place.
When it’s time to blend and smoke, use a very sharp grinder or scissors so you cleanly cut instead of mash the herb.
Lastly, be sure to smoke the salad right away. Don’t leave it sitting out on a table for a day. We’re trying to get terps in our lungs, not perfume the room.
Basic salad tip #1: Pair similar flavors or families
Weed comes in thousands of varieties called “strains” or “cultivars.” But they generally fall into broad categories of flavors. There’s fuel-smelling, or “gassy” strains, fruity ones, earthy and incense-smelling strains; there’s savory, and there’s sweet.
“You have enough variety in the marketplace that if you know what you’re looking for you can get different things to blend,” said Backes.
“It’s up to your personal tastes and preferences,” said Brett Feldman, co-founder of Wonderbrett, a top-shelf indoor flower brand with a new BLENDS product. “There really are no rules. Start with the strains you like the most and experiment from there. It’s like making a smoothie.”
Pair fuel with fuel
This seems pretty intuitive. Got two gassy nugs leftover—like a Larry’s Breath and a Supreme Diesel? Combine for a super pungent, biting experience. The terpenes should match up or complement each other. If you put an OG Kush with a Sour Diesel, you just recreated Headband in a bowl.
The only downside here is conformity.
“A bunch of Kushes against each other? You’re blending the same thing with the same thing,” said Backes. “I don’t want to take a brown egg and a white egg and try to make something that tastes different, because it’s not. Take some shallots and an egg, because that’ll make something that tastes different.”
Make a fruit salad
The top-shelf indoor flower brand Wonderbrett just released its first blend: a tropical and purple mix of Papaya x Grapes of Wrath.