Terpenes

Terpenes may help us explain one of the greatest mysteries of the cannabis plant. For years, people have wondered why different strains seem to make them feel differently. People have tried explaining it by talking about indicas, sativas, and hybrids, but that doesn’t account for the way people can have totally different experiences with different strains in the same “category.”

In recent years, we’ve been learning more about something called the “entourage effect.” The theory is that cannabinoids like THC and CBD may interact with the body differently depending on the entourage of terpenes they bring along. Just like people who behave differently depending on the friends they’re with, cannabinoids may be more fickle than we previously realized.

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What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are natural organic compounds in cannabis and other plants. It’s easiest to think of them as essential oils that each have their own unique smells and flavors. More than 100 different types of terpenes have been found, and each strain has its own unique terpene profile. Many thought leaders in the cannabis industry believe terpenes promote their own unique effects from cannabis. As more research about this plant and its individual components becomes available, we’ll be able to get a better understanding of how terpenes change the effects of cannabis.

Top Terpenes to Know About

With over 100 known terpenes in cannabis, trying to learn about all of them can be overwhelming. Get started by learning about some of the most common terpenes in cannabis:

  • Myrcene – This may be the very most common terpene in cannabis, and it’s often associated with a sense of calm. You can also find myrcene in thyme, lemongrass, and mango.
  • Limonene – As the name might suggest, this one is citrusy. It’s also found in lemons, rosemary, and peppermint. People often seek limonene when they’re feeling down and want to elevate their moods.
  • Pinene – Beyond cannabis, pinene is extremely prevalent in pine trees and rosemary. It’s said to be calming, and also has a reputation for being in strains that make people feel alert and productive.
  • Caryophyllene – Think black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. Caryophyllene might even be the reason some people say smelling or chewing black pepper can help soothe a high that’s too intense.
  • Linalool – This sweet and floral organic compound is also found in lavender, basil, and jasmine. Members of the cannabis community often associate linalool with a sense of satisfied relaxation.
  • Terpinolene – Prevalent in many different strains, the taste of Terpinolene may remind you of a Colorado prairie surrounded by pine trees. In addition to floral and herbal notes, this often thought to be one of the most energizing terpenes.

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Terpene Rich Strains and Products

The best products for terpene enthusiasts are probably flower and terpene-rich cannabis concentrates. Edibles won’t offer as consistent experience because they may be made with a variety of strains and because terpenes may be reduced to let the taste of the edible shine through. When you buy flower or a concentrate made from a specific strain, you’ll have a much better idea of which terpenes you’re getting.

Some concentrates are made using extraction processes that might burn off or otherwise lose terpenes, so keep that in mind if this is what you’re after. Other concentrates like live resin, though, are known for being especially flavorful because of their abundance of cannabis terpenes. As a family-owned business, we’ll take the time to discuss terpenes with you and match you with a product that offers what you’re looking for. Visit Chronic Therapy in Wheat Ridge or Cortez today.

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