What are Terpenes
Weed in a pocket produces smell, the scent is strong and merciless, it spreads out, and identifies the bearer as a stoner. The aromas of plants are produced by terpenes, volatile chemical compounds, which are smells per se, terpenes deliver aromas when we keep weed or smoke weed.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are organic compounds present in all plants, they give smell of plants and all parts of the plants, fruits, leaves, buds, etc. Studies indicate there are 20,000+ different types of terpenes in nature, while 100+ types of terpenes are found in cannabis plants. Terpenes are very volatile, they are smells themselves, each gives its effects on human body.
What is the entourage effect?
How strong weed kick in may be a result of entourage effect as synergistic relationship of cannabinoids with terpenes which improves the impact of cannabis in the body. In other words, when cannabinoids and terpenes interact, an entourage effect is what we call individual feels.
Terpenes in marijuana
In marijuana more than 100 terpenes are found. We do not need to know them all, but some of terpenes are more popular than others. Like, Limonene is the easiest to be identified as it smells like lemon or orange, giving citric aroma. A very unique terpene in weed is Caryophyllene interacting CB-receptors, which makes Caryophyllene a psychedelic terpene, but it is more recognizable if we say it’s famous peppery diesel taste in weed.
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 of the Sativa family and contain limonene more often rather than Indica. From its name we understand it is responsible for the taste similar to lemon, let’s call it a citrus fragrance. Other than cannabis, for example, rosemary and peppermint contain limonene.
Also, consider smoking weed using glass bongs, it may help to accumulate smoke, mix it with air, and feel the presence of terpenes better. The same effect comes when you take wine from a wider glass with a narrower top, such holds the volatile molecules over the wine level yet preventing them from flying out of the glass for a while.
Larry Lemon on the picture offers a lot of limonene:
If your stash has a pine tree scent or fir trees or orange-like, its composition has lots of pinenes. This terpene also occurs in many Sativa dominant strains.
This terpene occurs mostly in Indica strains. Myrcene provides an earthy smell that characterizes most of the cannabis plant types found in the world today. However, it may also be fruity and sweet. For example, the scent of grapes, and sometimes, it may have a gassy like fragrance like that of nutmeg.
Caryophyllene terpene identifies as a spicy aroma, and is the same terpene present in black pepper or rosemary.
Caryophyllene terpene forms the famous Diesel taste in combination with limonene and myrcene. Caryophyllene is the only terpene which is also psychedelic as it interacts CB-receptors in the brain.
Its identification comes from its musky or earthy fragrance and sometimes may include being spicy. The Mediterranean dish “humus” shares the same root in it’s name, I’m not sure which of these two comes first and which inherits the name.
It is characterized by its floral scent with a hint of spiciness.
Understanding terpenes is fundamental in the identification of different cannabis strains we purchase and use. Some terpenes enhance the high effect, some bring it low, and others have different medical benefits. And of course the best use of terpene comes of our preferences in smell, and now we know just a small bit more about the cannabis plant!!+)))