Get it? TERPetuate? Instead of perpetuate? See what I did there? Eh screw you it was good lol.
High and Happy Medical Monday Blogees!
Cannabis, like many plants, produces many different chemical compounds. We discuss THC and CBD often, but terpenes play a very important role in my favorite plant. Terpenes produce the different aromas that makes some strains fruity, or earthy, or even cheesy. They are made inside the trichomes, which are the sparkly, crystal looking hairs that cover the buds and leaves. Terpene oils and the trichome texture are what puts the sticky in “sticky icky.”
Ok, so they make smells, big whoop? Yup, super big whoop indeed! With 100 different identified terpenes in a cannabis plant, they give each strain its unique characteristics which are used for specific patient symptoms or needs.
Aren’t they beautiful?
CannaInsider.com gives a great example of the important role terpenes play in distinguishing strains and their effects:
“A sour-smelling flower may have a strong lemon scent to it. Lemon scented strains are often correlated with strains like lemon skunk or lemon haze; these are zesty sativas that give the consumer a boost of energy and euphoria. With a better understanding of terpenes and how they relate to the scents that you are experiencing, you are able to come to certain conclusions about the plant in front of you by simply smelling it. This is powerful information for consumers, patients, and growers alike.”
Since charts are more fun…(via CannaInsider.com)
Now you can associate your favorite smell with its effect when it comes to different strains. Terpenes help us detail the individual effects of indicas, hybrids, and sativas. Remember, all cannabis is not the same, aaaaallllllll the way down to the smell of it!
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