What are Terpenes and Why You Should Consider Them When Choosing the Right Strain?

Taking a walk to work or using the subway can be inconvenient primarily due to the pungent smell; the weed in your pocket is producing. Many are the times we wish to be discreet during transportation, but the scent leads to the identification of cannabis. Well, you may think that this is the only need for an aromatic fragrance in a strain. 

However, it is not; the right fragrance helps you select a strain of your preference. It ensures that you get the right amount of THC or CBD in your chosen strain. It maximizes the effects of each indica or Sativa strains to deliver the desired outcomes.  

What are terpenes?

These are organic compounds that are present in several plants that give any plant, including cannabis its fragrance or odor. Studies indicate that there are over 20,000 different types of terpenes. Amongst these, over 100 of the terpenes are present in the cannabis plants or flowers. Your only questions when purchasing weed are either concerning the strain, its effects, or the amount of CBD or THC in it. However, by identifying the smell, you get to know the terpenes present in cannabis and make your choice wisely. 

What is the entourage effect?

Ever thought of how effective a strain is after you take it? It might be as a result of the entourage effect. Studies define it as a synergistic relationship that helps in improving the impact of cannabis in your body. When cannabinoids and terpenes interact, an entourage effect is what determines how an individual feels. The outcome may work in terms of enhancing the effects of cannabinoids or regulating them to improve your overall experience.  

Different types of terpenes

Limonene 

Some strains aim at lifting your mood and providing you with a creative front, and an inspiration to complete your work. These strains are mostly Sativa dominant, and some contain limonene. Terpene is a stimulant that has some extreme effects on your behavior (psychoactive effects). 

Strains containing limonene often have a citrus fragrance coupled with herbs. Some herbs such as rosemary, peppermint, and lemons contain limonene, thus why the cannabis usually has a herbal like smell. To get the right high, you might consider smoking the weed using a glass percolator bong, and the effects will be out of this world. 

The limonene terpene is essential in reducing a person’s anxiety levels, relieving depression, and alleviating stress. Also, it has critical anti-bacterial effects that enhance digestion, reduces inflammation, and promote absorption of food in the digestive tract. 

Pinene 

If your stash has a pine tree scent or fir trees or orange-like, its composition has a lot of pinenes. This terpene also occurs in many Sativa dominant strains. It provides an energy boost and improves your memory, enhancing your mental awareness. It counteracts the effects of THC in the body and is essential in fighting inflammation. 

Myrcene

This terpene occurs mostly in Indica strains, including the Nuken Strain. If looking for that relaxing feel, relieving the stress and resting all afternoon, then this is the terpene you should look for in a strain. Not only is a sedative, but it also will ensure that you are on couch lock once you take the weed. 

Myrcene has an earthy smell that characterizes most of the cannabis plant types found in the world today. However, it might also have some other smells like fruity and sweet. For instance, the scent of grapes, and sometimes, it may have a gassy like fragrance like that of nutmeg. 

It has several benefits, including the ability to fight cancer cells, provide relief to individuals with pain and inflammation. It is an essential anti-biotic and antimutagenic, which indicates its ability to fight tumors. 

Beta-Caryophyllene

The terpene identity is its spicy aroma similar to that of black pepper. The terpene has a unique effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system, which makes it essential in providing medical relief. Not only does it enhance an individual’s immune system, but it also helps in reducing the damage that may occur as a result of injuries or diseases. 

Studies indicate that this strain can reduce pain and prevent seizures in patients as well as reducing the plaque buildups that often occur in an individual’s arteries. It enhances body cell communication, prevents diseases from attacking your body, and above all, it has essential properties that protect against tumors. 

Humulene

This terpene is an essential anti-inflammatory compound found in many cannabis strains. It suppresses appetite aiding in your weight loss adventure. Besides, it is necessary for providing relief from pain such as fighting cancer cells

Its identification comes from its musky or earthy fragrance and sometimes may include being spicy. In combination with other terpenes such as beta-caryophyllene, their properties improve in functionality.  Studies indicate that the effectiveness of these terpenes in conjunction may hugely benefit cancer patients. 

Linalool

It is characterized by its floral scent with a hint of spiciness. It has soothing effects that ensure better relaxation, especially after a hard day. Also, linalool is a perfect solution for individuals who have insomnia due to its sedative features

It relieves stress and provides solace for individuals battling anxiety. Its calming effect not only relaxes the mind, but it also helps in muscle relaxation, reducing depression, and tension. With its capabilities, you should look out for it when purchasing your weed supply.

Studies indicate that this terpene is a potent analgesic, with essential pain-relieving properties such as anti-inflammatory. Others suggest that it is anticonvulsant and can effectively aid in reducing seizures. 

Conclusion 

Understanding terpenes is fundamental in the identification of different cannabis strains to purchase or use. Knowing your needs and the importance of each terpene in the weed helps in making that final decision. With some terpenes enhancing the high effect, some bring it low while others have different medical benefits. As you desire, select the best terpene following your preference in smell (terpene content). 

WHO, World Health Organization Has Recognised The Whole Cannabis Plant

Holly Mary Mother Of God! FINALLY and we were waiting for long, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently recognised cannabis, and has provided recommendations (to whoever is yet listen to the recommendations) to unblock the international trade and to reschedule the whole plant. So it appears very much they were totally wrong with their previous “policy” on cannabis plant, and they now acknowledge the fact, which is a good news for he canna fam community.

WHO has recently recognized cannabis as a whole plant, and has provided rcommendations to unblock the international trade.

Thank you very much, you are in time and in a shining armour as always: it is already ongoing, and already the hottest topic with and the biggest the bravest expectations that the legalization will hit its final target in 2019-2020: the whole worlds waits now when weed is becoming legal on the federal level in USA and that shall most probably mean: the worldwide legalization. Check the trends: the whole world expects in tremble when it is eventually done.

The Farm Bill  in USA

The situation by now however – the cannabis is still illegal, but not the whole thing. The Farm Bill 2018 issued in the USA in the end of 2018 legalized the hemp crops and the use of hemp as you wish unless the thc is absent (below 0.3% which is practically none). The remarkable victory against the Prohibition the farmers of the US started in late 70s, almost 50 years from today, the bill supports medical marijuana as long as it is “cbd medical” translating to the huge variety of cbd-products, cbd oils and concentrates along with the famous “rope” from “it’s a rope not a dope”.

A goood news but still a job to do

Don’t be messed up, the thc is still illegal and is still in the Schedule I, and the substances over there are described as no medical use, no scientific interest, dangerous for health, etc, etc. – yes, you got it right, a very unpopular opinion in 2019, and that is why they discuss it so much nowadays, and we wait.

2019-2020 in US (many predict) and 5 years more for UK

Many opinions predict the full scale marijuana market legalization soon in 2019-2020 in US, yet our brothers in UK shall wait longer: British MPs stated (after their visit to Canada for a master class, for a show case, when an MP for the first time in History has tested marijuana shooting his “buzz” on camera) well, they have stated that it’s 5-10 years more they need to realize the dank and everything around it, to prepare the whole country’s infrastructure to accept it in the best efficient way. Hopefully that was a joke about 5 to 10 yrs  and it is taking much shorter in reality.