Maybe you’re a die-hard cannabis enthusiast, or perhaps you’re only just beginning to dip your toe into the waters. For the consummate and the newbie alike, terpenes have a lot more to offer than simply liquefying your concentrate. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the terpene benefits and explore how these compounds can enhance your cannabis experience.
More Than Just Flavors
Firstly, let’s cover the basics of terpenes and terpenes’ effects so that we’re all on the same page. Terpenes are the natural chemicals produced by plants that give each its specific aroma and protect the plants from pests like bacteria, insects, fungi, and parasites. Cannabis plants are especially rich in terpenes, containing around 200 different ones in total.
In the cannabis plant, terpenes are produced in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD. They play an important role in the effects you experience when you smoke, vape, or otherwise ingest cannabis. Different strains contain different ratios of these volatile aromatic molecules—that’s what gives each strain its particular aroma, flavor, and effects.
The Entourage Effect
In 2011, an article was published in the British Journal of Pharmacology by Ethan B. Russo explaining the way that terpenes’ effects and cannabinoids work in synergy—a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect.” Whereas many believe that a strain’s effects have to do with it being an Indica or Sativa, they may actually have a lot more to do with the terpenes’ effects than the plant’s leaf shape.
As isolated plant chemicals, terpenoids can affect human and animal behavior when inhaled even at microdoses. When present together with cannabinoids, these chemicals affect the way that THC and CBD are received in the body. They also add medicinal benefits of their own—some of them working as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, or analgesic agents.
Vaping is an especially effective way to enjoy terpenes and their benefits with the entourage effect, as the method used to create a terpene and cannabis solution does not heat these compounds past their boiling point. To learn the process for preparing your vape solution with terpenes, refer to our comprehensive guide.
Recreate a Cannabis Strain
As terpenes and their effects are essential aspects of what makes each cannabis strain unique, it’s possible to recreate the aroma and effects of a certain strain with the same terpenes from another plant source. For example, limonene extracted from a lemon tree or bisabolol isolated from a chamomile plant would have the same fragrance and terpene benefits as limonene or bisabolol extracted from a cannabis plant. They even interact with cannabinoids in the same synergistic way!
Our collection of strain-specific terpenes takes advantage of each terpene’s effects by mixing together the terpene profiles of dozens of your favorite cannabis strains. You can add these terpenes to your cannabis concentrate and experience the mix as though you’re vaping that specific strain! The best thing about these products is that they contain absolutely no cannabis, so you can purchase them in any state and won’t find yourself in trouble with the law.
Create a Custom High
For the experimentalists and DIY chemists among us, making your own custom blend of terpenes could be right up your alley! Create terpene-based hybrids by mixing different strain profiles together, or make a custom flavor with our pure terpenes. It can be helpful to have some idea of each terpene’s effects so that you can predict the kind of high you will experience from your blend. For example, if you add an Indica-style terpene profile to your blend, you can expect to feel a little sleepy! We have marked these for you with a blue label so you won’t get a surprise later on.
To get you off to a good start with your kitchen science, here are some of the most popular terpenes for each mood you might want to create. Please note that while some of these terpenes’ benefits and terpenes’ effects are supported by research, others are the opinions of cannabis users and may still require more research. We have included links to studies as available.
If you’re looking for a pick-me-up to get you going, consider the following terpenes for your custom blend. The sharpness and sweetness of citrus-based terpenes in particular are popular choices for their energizing aromas.
Featuring a citrusy-lime aroma with hints of lilac and apple blossom, terpineol is found naturally in pine, cajuput, and petitgrain. Users say that this terpene’s effects include mental relaxation and a lift in mood and energy.
As the name suggests, alpha-pinene has a piney, herbal scent and can be sourced from conifer trees, some citrus fruits, and herbs including rosemary and sage. Users describe this terpene as uplifting, energizing, and conducive to focus. Research suggests that it may also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Found in lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit, limonene has a sweet, citrusy aroma and is popular with users for its alleged mood-boosting effects. This terpene’s other possible effects include an increased sense of calm and focus.
Calming Terpenes (for Anxiety)
When you need to feel calm, these terpenes could make a delicious addition to your blend:
- Alpha-Pinene (as above)
- Limonene (as above)
This common terpene is found in hops, thyme, lemongrass, mango, basil, and bay laurel and has an earthy, citrusy aroma. Users claim that myrcene is great for feeling calm, and studies suggest that myrcene may also be helpful for headaches. This terpene’s sedative effects make it a good choice for an evening vape.
Found in many common herbs and spices, this terpene has a sweet, spicy aroma and is classified as a phytocannabinoid (displaying similar behaviors as cannabinoids like CBD and THC). Beta-caryophyllene is regarded as a sedative by users, and research indicates that it may also be useful for calming anxiety and pain.
Linalool is a floral-scented terpene that comes from mint, laurel, and citrus. As far as this terpene’s effects, it is regarded as a calming terpene and has been shown to decrease aggressive behavior in mice.
For drifting off into a relaxed sleep, there are three terpenes that are especially popular. These are:
- Myrcene (as above)
- Beta-Caryophyllene (as above)
The final terpene on our list, terpinolene can be found in apple, cumin, lilac, tea tree, pine, and fir trees. Its herbal aroma is described as piney and sweet with citrus undertones. A study of terpinolene in mice indicates that it is a likely sedative.
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