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 odour. 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 behaviour (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 (this one is from grasscity), 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:

RelatedLimonene Benefits

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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, check this representative of the family if you like: 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.

RelatedLinalool (apothecarium.com)

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).

Anthocyanin in the Buds, Why your Weed is Purple?

Purple color of weed come from Anthocyanin pigment, a universal plant colorant responsible for the red, purple, and blue; evident in many fruits, vegetable, grains, flowers. Anthocyanin suggests the vast list of health benefits; and many medicine theories (traditional ones from all around the world and the official science too) use Anthocyanin historically to treat conditions such as liver disorders, diarrhoea, kidney problems, infections, it provides the reduction of blood pressure, it improves the eyesight, suppresses the development of cancer cells; and it even cures the common cold. Many shall agree it’s extremely easy to imagine raspberry (which contains the hell amount of anthocyanin) as a medicine, in a form of some grandma’s anti-cold raspberry recipe. And besides the healing it is used as a natural colour in food/health/cosmetic industries.

This is Weed with Purple / Purplish Marijuana Buds - See?

And right here below there’s the very nice close-up from @chewberto420, you can see that all the purple (or red) colour is Anthocyanin, it approaches into cannabis trichomes:

Anthocyanin in cannabis trichomes
Anthocyanin in cannabis trichomes (source: @chewberto420)

Being a phenolic compound, Anthocyanin may also behave as the pro-oxidant, means: it plays against cancer, diabetes, urinal and cardio issues. Yet it is not well known by now about how exactly it works, whether by itself alone or being a component of a more complicated sequence, but it however works as it’s said and it makes your body stronger for sure. So! Eat berries! They are yummies, and you can cook them along with cannabis into delicious cannabis desserts, find the hot edible recipes here by this link: The Cookbook App by Chef420

How To Make The Weed Purple

Exposure to cold

Exactly the thing happening when summer turns into fall when all plants change leaves to yellow and red: all plants produce Anthocyanin when the temperatures drop.

Basically from any stress plants produce Anthocyanin, and the cold is one of such stresses. The science does not know for sure by far, but this may serve as some sort of explanation why it helps against health issues, right because plant just do the same when synthesize the anthocyanin in itself, and it works to suppress a stress, illness or cold or a wrong nutrition. Exposure of the cannabis plant to colder temperatures shall make buds more purple, the “how long” and “how cold” can be a more tricky technology, but the basic idea is to expose the plant to the cold.

Genetics

Genetic food engineering uses anthocyanin as a visual marker, as soon as this is a quite forgiving genetic material easy to deal with (sources say so, I don’t know))). And then it may be yet another reason for purple buds – the genetically determined amount of anthocyanin in a certain strain.

Anthocyanin Color from PH

Anthocyanin is very sensible to the PH level (and this is another stress for the plant too), and the colourful compound is degraded to none in an environment with a higher PH. It changes it colour as soon as PH level changes, it can be red in acidic (pH < 7), purple in neutral (pH = 7), yellow with greenish in alkaline (pH > 7). Can serve as the natural PH indicator either.

Do experiments! Keep notes of what you’re doing!


This is how you get the amount of Purple into the trichomes of your weed. And here the following is about what else to do with it:

Where Else?

Except of in the Cannabis flowers, especially those showing a lot of the purple colour, a whole lot of Anthocyanin can be also found in these:

Anthocyanin except of cannabis flowers can be discovered in Red Cabbage (Cyan Cabbage)

Anthocyanin except of cannabis flowers can be discovered in Raspberry and Blackberry

Anthocyanin except of cannabis flowers can be discovered in Grapes

Except the cannabis plant buds, anthocyanin can be found in the red oranges

Pretty everything as long as it is a fruit, or a vegetable or a flower and have the vast and the obvious cyan / purple component in the color (in terms of CMYK or RGB idea of describing the colour), alike to all the images above. Anthocyanin carriers can be Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Raspberries, Blueberries, Grapes (especial like those on the pictures with a lot of cyan component of the overall color dominating), red oranges also called blood oranges, cherry, eggplant, black peas, blackcurrant, etc, etc.

More of a totally crazy Scientific stuff about anthocyanin can be found here, in the US National Library of Medicine, for example: Anthocyanin and Human Health, An In Vitro Investigative Approach

And this one we’d recommend for further reading, little bit easier and smaller in size: Anthocyanins, More Than Nature’s Colours – and we used it as a source of knowledge too, it is curious having a number of interesting facts. Hope you’ll enjoy the reading of the whole thing, yet for me personally it happened to be too far scientific.

Cooking Weed and Berries together?

Why not! Having the said you only imagine that a cheesecake which is hardly infused with both – blueberry and marijuana must be an ultimate weapon, a BFG perfect weapon against many health issues, I can see that now (ha!ha!ha!)

A Tall Ship Loaded with Weed? Hah! This is the THC-Infused Cheesecake runs high over the waves, hehehehe

Download the Cookbook app here: The Weed Edible Recipes by Chef420