What’s that Smell?
Is any aroma more comforting than that of a fine cannabis flower? Sure, a home-cooked meal smells nice, but the sweet, lemony scent of Lemon Jeffrey is hard to match. So, what is it about our favorite cannabis strains that captivate our senses and our hearts? What are cannabis terpenes?
Terpenes are what give each strain their own distinctive aroma, they make the experience enjoyable. Learning about cannabis terpenes can only enhance our appreciation for hemp.
What are Cannabis Terpenes?:
Terpenes are aromatic oil secreted from the same glands that produce cannabinoids, like CBG, or CBD. They give the flower it’s distinctive flavor i.e. pine, pepper, lemon or gasoline. Really, it’s a little more complicated than that. The aromas of one cannabis terpene are altered by the presence of other terpenes. Due to a number of factors no two cannabis plants will develop the same terpene profile. Climate, weather, age, and soil conditions all play a role in the development of terpenes.
Terpenes may also play a key role in the effect a strain of cannabis would have on you. Myrcene, the most abundant terpene found in cannabis, is commonly found in relaxing strains like Lavender or OG Kush. While others, like limonene, might help ease depression or anxiety. Just like their aromas, the effects of these individual terpenes are altered by the presence of the other terpenes and cannabinoids. This is called the entourage effect, more research is needed (and being done) to realize the full potential benefits of cannabis terpenes and how they interact with each other.
There are over 100 different terpenes found in cannabis and each strain tends towards its own unique composition or profile. And you can expect the individual plants within those varieties to vary, even slightly, in their terpene compositions as well. Elektra from my store won’t be exactly like the Elektra down the street, but it will be similar.
Not only do terpenes determine the taste and possibly the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, originally they were developed as a way of deterring predators. (If I were a bee?)
Terpenes Make The Difference:
Even so subtly, terpenes add great depth to the art of cannabis and to the palates of cannabis connoisseurs. They may even add to the mix a unique therapeutic benefit of their own.
thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about terpenes. If you thought this was good (or bad enough) feel free to leave some feedback.
And big thanks to all the seriously good ganja farmers out there, perfecting their art for our benefit.