What’s that Smell?
Is any aroma more comforting than that of a fine cannabis flower? Sure, a home-cooked meal smells nice, but let’s be real, 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?
Terpenes are what give each strain their own distinctive aroma, they make the experience enjoyable and learning about them can only enhance our appreciation for cannabis.
What are Cannabis Terpenes?:
Terpenes are aromatic oil secreted from the same glands that produce the cannabinoids, like CBG, or CBD. They give the flower it’s distinctive flavor i.e. pine, pepper, lemon or gasoline. And really, it’s a little more complicated than that, the scent that any terpene would have may be altered by the presence of any other 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, for example, is commonly found in relaxing strains like ACDC or OG Kush. While others, like limonene, might help ease depression or anxiety. And 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 means of deterring predators and luring pollinators. (If I were a bee?) The development of terpenes in a plant is affected by a number of factors including climate, weather, age, and soil conditions.
Terpenes Make The Difference:
Even so subtly, terpenes add great depth to the art of cannabis and 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.