Researchers have discovered more than 200 terpenes provided by the cannabis plant.
Terpenes are secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids such as THC and CBD.
These terpenes are responsible for the distinctive aroma and flavor of the various strains. Pine, mint, berry, citrus and diesel are a few of the common ones, and there’s good reason to believe they influence the effects. From stress-relief and appetite stimulation to focus and pain relief, terpenes play an integral role. The difference can be subtle yet greatly impact therapeutic benefits. Cannabis labs continue to test terpene content to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the effects each strain might produce. The near limitless potential of synergists’ effects have made terpenes extremely important to an enjoyable cannabis experience. Learning your own preferences helps in selecting the right products. When shopping the array of loose flower or pre-rolls at the dispensary, they are often distinguished as indicas, sativas and hybrids. While these categories tend to indicate the types of effects, differentiating between terpenes is equally as vital to a smart purchase. Myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, caryophyllene and pinene are abundant terpenes. Strains can often be recognized by vibrant colors from blue and fuchsia to bright green. It’s a good idea to ask dispensary budtenders for explanations and recommendations. Check for the milky white, sparkling trichomes on the flower that ensure the plants were harvested at their peak. There should be no mold or mildew and minimal stems and seeds. All the products should be third-party tested for quality and safety. Whether for recreation or medicinal use, quality cannabis is the key to satisfaction.