Those keeping track of the cannabis research over the last few years would have certainly known the term terpene. Cannabis users need to know about terpenes which will help them make the right decision when it comes to choosing a cannabis strain. Here we discuss the different kinds of terpenes we commonly come across in cannabis sourced from Calgary Marijuana Dispensaries. Along with their properties.
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes can be explained as the aromatic oil found in cannabis. Terpenes are also found in some other plants as well. Terpenes are responsible for the unique flavour and aroma associated with cannabis and other plants. In addition to determining the kind of olfactory experience you get from cannabis, terpenes also interact with THC and CBD in cannabis. Usually every strain of cannabis will have a dominant presence of a particular terpene while the presence and levels of other terpenes can alter the effect of cannabis significantly.
Myrcene is the most common terpenes found in majority of cannabis strains. Besides cannabis, terpenes are found in mangoes, lemongrass and the hops in beer. Myrcene has a unique kind of earthy and fruity smell. Besides being the most common kind of terpene, it is also the predominant one in many strains of cannabis. Myrcene dominant strains of cannabis are said to be more relaxing than the others.
Limonene is yet another common kind of terpene found in cannabis. It is easily identifiable in terms of its fruity and distinct smell. It is also found in most fruit skins. This is used in the making of several cosmetic, cleaning products and foods. Limonene is known to give an energizing and uplifting experience.
These terpenes have a spicy flavour. Caryophyllenehas the most unique characteristic of cranking the spice up to 10. This is found in cloves and cinnamon too. Caryophylleneis one among the three predominant terpenes and terpenes has a calming effect on the users.
Pinene is often called as the secondary terpene and it naturally occurs in pine needles, basil, rosemary, ad drill. It has a strong green and piney scent. Those strains of cannabis that have high levels of pinene are found to increase the alertness of the users.
Ocimene has a sweet herbal smell. It is found in mint, parsley, some flowers and mangoes. It is used in the making of a number of perfumes. Though found in very small amounts, this terpene is commonly noticed in most cannabis strains. How this terpene impacts the user depends on the other terpenes found in the given strain. However, it is noticed to induce coughing connected to cannabis smoking.
Geraniolis one another terpene that has a distinctive type of sweetness. However, it has a predominantly softer and floral profile to it. If you have smelled the citronella oil, you would have had a feel of this terpene. It is also used in several foods like ice cream, cherry soda and some cosmetic products. This terpene is only found in small quantities in cannabis strains.
This terpene has some strong flowery and herbal properties. Present in several plants like apples, cumin, sage, rosemary and lilacs, it is very commonly found in the cannabis varieties featuring high THC-strains. The effect of terpinolene depends on the dominant terpene found in the given strain. When this terpene is found in higher quantities, the users might feel a sedative experience.
Linalool is counted among the minor varieties of terpenes. It is found only in smaller quantities in cannabis strains. Characterized by a spicy lavender aroma, linalool’s effect on the users depend on the other terpenes found in the given cannabis strain.