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How Terpenes Are the Key to Unlocking Your Weed’s Potential

How Terpenes Are the Key to Unlocking Your Weed’s Potential

            Anyone in the cannabis industry knows that terpenes are receiving a substantial amount of buzz lately. As we’ve discussed before, terpenes are the aromatic compounds that give cannabis its scent and taste. Think of a particular strain that sticks out to you – like Sour Diesel. That famous and unmistakable smell is produced by the terpenes. However, they don’t just snuggle your sniffer. Terpenes also work in conjunction with cannabinoids (CBD and THC) for optimal function. Even by themselves, these compounds have many medical and health benefits but are enhanced when consumed with the rest of the flower. This enhancement is known as the “entourage effect[1]

Below is a list of the 6 most common terpenes present in cannabis along with their scent, effects, and popular strains where they can be found. Use the information below in search of your ideal buzz:

  • Myrcene

    1. Scent: pungent, earthy, spicy
    2. Effects: sleepiness, relaxation, anti-inflammation, “couch lock”
    3. Common strains: Green Crack, Blue Dream, Northern Lights

 

  • Limonene

    1. Scent: citrus
    2. Effects: uplifting, positive mood, stress relief
    3. Common strains: Sour Diesel, Super Lemon Haze, Bubba Kush

 

  • Caryophyllene

    1. Scent: pepper, lumber
    2. Effects: pain relief, anti-inflammatory
    3. Common strains: Girl Scout Cookies, White Widow, OG Kush

 

  • Linalool

    1. Scent: floral, lavender, clean linen, sweet
    2. Effects: calming, relaxation, pain relief
    3. Common strains; Headband, Skywalker OG, Amnesia Haze

 

  • Pinene (Alpha-Pinene, Beta-Pinene)

    1. Scent: pine, sage
    2. Effects: focus, anti-inflammatory
    3. Common strains: Blue Dream, OG Kush, Trainwreck

 

  • Humulene

    1. Scent: hops, spice
    2. Effects: pain relief, hunger cessation
    3. Common strains: White Widow, Sour Diesel

Next time you are deciding which flower to buy, explore the terpenes present in each strain and what you are looking for. Toke on Dreamers!

[1] No, this is not named after the HBO bro-comedy.

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