Terpenes: What makes your cannabis smell and taste so mouth watering-ly delicious. To elaborate, terpenes are resinous oils that protect the plant and make your Blue Dream smell and taste, well, like a Blue Dream. They are produced in trichomes and give cannabis (along with countless other products) its unique flavor and smell. Terpenes originate in the same glands of the cannabis plant as do THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and give rise to various effects within the body.
Terpenes are not just found in cannabis plants either, but also in most trees, flowers, and even some insects. These amazing natural compounds came into existence as an evolutionary tactic to fend off potential predators. Currently, scientists are using a diverse array of analytical methodologies and procedures to test the characterization of terpenes and their synergistic effects. Terpene analysis is crucial for differentiating between various strains of cannabis since they have a major influence on the medical and psychological effects of a plant.
So, in a nut shell, aside from their medicinal properties, terpenes make things taste and smell. And who doesn’t like to smell their flower before taking that first toke? It’s like inhaling the aromas of a nice glass of wine before putting it to your lips, delighting all the senses. Remember, these terpenes can affect individuals in different ways, especially depending on the potency and type of terpene. There are several hundred different types of terpenes, but here a few favorites for you to keep an eye out for.
This is one is great for helping with anxiety and has hoppy aromas reminiscent of the popular Shock Top beer. This terpene has a long list of other medicinal applications as well, including anti-cancerous, neuroprotective (helping to slow any damage to the nervous system), and antidepressant properties. This terpene also helps to prevent diabetes and works as an antioxidant.
Now, this one we like a lot because it smells and tastes very strongly of citrus and is a truly fabulous medicine. This terpene specializes in helping with weight loss, depression, improve skin clarity, and has been proven to prevent and help treat certain cancers. This is a very popular terpene and can be found in almost every strain that has ‘Lemon,’ ‘Sour,’ or ‘Lime’ in the name.
Terpineol is a rarer terpene, only found in the Jack Herer strain or any of its descendants. As well as 150 other non-weed plants. This terpene has a very attractive and flowery scent, with a hint of pine, as its name suggests. Various medicinal qualities stem from it, including acting as a mild sedative, an anti-inflammatory, tumor killer, and an anti-depressant. Herer and the strains in its family are on the pricier side because they are so magically medicinal, so if you find them at a good price (or at all), make sure to snatch them up!
To recap, terpenes are responsible for the awesome scents and tastes you experience in your cannabis. Be sure to explore the many options and enjoy!