Here at True Blue, we’re on a mission to elevate your cannabis experience, whether you sell flowers or make concentrates. Rather than utilizing synthetic, potentially-harmful ingredients like others who make e-juice cannabis aromatherapy products, True Blue uses only 100% natural terpenes and flavors to create our products.
"What are terpenes," you might say, "and what do they have to do with an elevated cannabis experience?" We’re so glad you asked!
Over the next few months, we’re going to take a deep dive into the world of terpenes found in cannabis, identifying each of the most prominent varieties, their health benefits, and the smells and flavors they add to your cannabis products.
What Are Terpenes, Anyway?
By now, pretty much everybody has heard of essential oils, and the various aromatherapeutic benefits of popular oils like lavender and eucalyptus. Terpenes are the primary class of hydrocarbons in essential oils, and have been the subject of medical marijuana research because of their ability to provide a wide range of health benefits. Certain terpenes can even alleviate symptoms of serious illnesses.
Terpenes and terpenoids (oxygenated derivatives of these hydrocarbons) are organic compounds found naturally in thousands of plants, including cannabis. Terpenes are responsible for the way marijuana tastes and smells, varying by strain.
For years, scientists and marijuana cultivators have been working to map out the various terpenes found in different strains of marijuana. By isolating and extracting these terpenes, it’s possible to enhance or even change the smell and flavor of cannabis products.
Terpenes Have Medicinal Value
By now you’re familiar with the fact that cannabis has powerful medicinal properties, but did you know cannabis terpenoids also share these beneficial attributes?
With absolutely no psychoactive component, terpene research has shown that these organic compounds can be used to add medicinal value to concentrates or enhance the medicinal value of cannabis flowers. One example is the terpene Limonene, which provides potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to go with its delicious citrusy flavor and scent. Another is the terpene Linalool, which can be used to calm seizures and convulsions thanks to its anti-spasmodic and anti-epileptic properties.
Stay tuned to the True Blue blog to learn more about cannabis terpenoids and cannabis aromatherapy, as well as the many different non cannabis-derived terpenes we use to make True Blue products!