As all natural, organic growers you could say we know a thing or two about terpenes. I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz around terpenes, for good reasoning! But what makes them important to patients like you?
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are best defined as volatile aromatic molecules present in many plants that give the plants and their flowers their distinct taste and smell. In cannabis, terpenes and terpenoids are found in the plants trichomes.
That’s where that wonderful smell you get when you stick your face in a jar of bud! Not only that, but it has been recently found that terpenes are synergistic with cannabinoids. This meaning that terpenes for the varying medicinal AND psychoactive effects in your cannabis, otherwise pegged as the entourage effect.
Basically, terpenes and cannabinoids synergize to “heighten” the effects of one another in your endocannabinoid system. This leads to a pleasing high and surprising health and aromatherapy benefits. Almost all of the major terpenes found in cannabis have analgesic or anti-inflammatory properties. Making cannabis the front runner!
What do terpenes do for the plant?
Plants produce and use terpenes for many different reasons. Since plants can’t get up and find what they need, (pollination, food, etc), and they can’t run away from being potentially eaten, they have developed an arsenal of terpenes mixtures to do everything from repelling hungry herbivores to attracting natural enemies of herbivores who might otherwise eat the plant or attracting animal sources of waste (fertilizer).
Our plants are bursting with flavor and smell due to the way we cultivate our plants. We allow nature to take its course with as little intervention as possible as it should be! Our no till, living soil method leaves our bud coated in trichomes which of course means more terps for you!
What do you look for in a terp?
Myrcene – Musky, earthy. Usually associated with indica strains that lead to “couch-lock” due to it’s extremely relaxing effects. Great anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
Limonene – Usually defined by a strong citrus smell. Acts as a great mood booster and has anti-anxiety & anti-depressive qualities.
Pinene – Pine flavoring. It’s aroma may bring about creativity and alertness, and it’s effects have brought about increased energy. It is an anti-inflammatory as well as antiseptic.
Linalool – Lavender. This terp is mildly psychoactive with overall relaxing and calming effects. Brings about sedation and works great as an anti-anxiety aid.
Feel free to research more terpenes, these are the most common. When shopping remember that the “nose knows”. If a certain strain sticks out to you, it’s most likely your body telling you what it needs!