What are Cannabis Terpenes?
Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Terpenes are aromatic oils that paint the road to the cannabis plant's different attributions. These terpenes are the deciding factors to how your weed will, taste, smell, and even its medicinal properties.
In recent years, the conversation surrounding cannabis has shifted. From the most popular subjects being THC levels, now, more and more cannabis educators have been talking about the effect terpenes have on the human body- even sometimes more so than THC levels.
The cannabis plant has more than 100 known terpenes, and more and more each day are being discovered with more research.
Information to pay attention to when specifically looking to source terpenes are:
Safe amounts as in nature are 4-6% of volume. In addition to the volume of terpenes, make sure the terpenes in your product are natural, not synthetic.
Everybody absorbs and uses these compounds in different ways. Find the right one for you.
Here, I will be talking about how these terpenes affect your high even more so than THC levels. Keep reading to become your very own expert on all things cannabis Terpenes
Giving off its well known, light, fresh floral aromas and flavors this terpenoid belongs to the class of organic compounds known as sesquiterpenoids.
Its ability to bind with CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system is unlike any other terpene, it is the only one that has the ability to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor, especially CB2 receptors.
Its potent woodsy scent, usually derived from the tree dryobalanops aromatica, or more commonly known as Borneo camphor, camphor tree; is a species of critically endangered plant in the family Dipterocarpaceae.
Despite these incredible benefits, patients who vaporize or smoke their medication should be aware that the Camphene terpene is very combustible and can releases carcinogenic smoke when heated to high enough temperatures.
This terpene oddly falls culprit to the reason our eyes go dry, as well as our mouths being as dry as the Sahara desert.
Eucalyptus terpene has many impressive benefits. This terpene may help promote relaxation, decrease pain, and even relieve cold symptoms.
Geraniol is a dietary alcohol based monoterpene. Found most abundantly in cannabis, rose, citronella, peaches, lemongrass and, Palmrose, geraniols delicate aromas do not describe its effects.
First found in the essential oils of Humulus lupulus (or hops, the main ingredient in beer) its since been found in sage, ginseng and, cannabis. Humulenes aromas are reminiscent subtle: earthy and woody, with spicy, herbal notes
Sativa Cannabis with higher levels of limonene showed that the effects were uplifting "buzz-like" highs, while Indicas provided a more non-sedative but instead "light and airy" as the limonene counteracts sedative terpenes such as linalool and myrcene
Linalool is also in: humanly fabricated goods like chewing-gum, condiments, meat products, and even certain baked goods contain linalool.
Myrcene has also been used in the last thousands of years in traditional Folk meds for years. According to Leafly, Myrcene is the most abundantly found terpene in cannabis strains while the second most abundant is caryophyllene.
Also known as peruviol and penetrol, found primary in plants such as citronella, ginger, jamsin, lavender, tea-tree and, lemon-grass. Nerolidols is more than just woodsy, tree bark aromas.
Despite being one of the most abundantly found monoterpenes in nature, ocimene is still not as heard of as its fellow terpenes.
Ever open up that freshly purchased bag of weed and immediately feel the forest in the back of your throat? That intense feeling would be mostly due to the terpene pinene, found most abundantly in pine trees and plants alike.
Found in nutmeg, cumin, and, apples its complex, citrusy, floral-piney aromas, is not too dissimilar from the superficially similar terpineol. Not as heard of as other terpenes in the past, terpinolene has been making big moves in recent years.
The smell of terpinolene is perfect for use in cosmetics, soaps, and perfume.