How To Safely Use Terpenes In Cannabis Products
If you pay attention to the cannabis industry, you know two things: it’s expanding rapidly and it’s full of people who are looking to produce innovative, tasty, flavorful ways to consume cannabis that don’t involve a bong or rolling papers. Smoking cannabis, as they say, is SO 2012. Why limit yourself to marijuana flower when you could enjoy the medicinal and recreational benefits as a baked good, snack cracker, lip gloss, concentrate, oil, or topical product?
Producers of cannabis products know that in addition to potency, people want flavor, which is why terpenes have become such a hot commodity in recent years.
True Blue is proud to be the #1 source people turn to when shopping for terpenes online. Whether you’re making a batch of cannabis products for personal use, or are simply looking to infuse your commercial line of products with a natural flavor that will keep customers coming back for more, we have the food-grade terpenes you need!
Keep reading to read more about cannabis terpenoids, and the correct way to utilize them in your creation of cannabis and CBD-dominant products.
Terpenes: Cannabis Isn’t The Only Source!
While terpenes are almost always discussed in the context of cannabis products and aromatherapy, it’s important for you to realize that cannabis is far from the only natural source of terpenes in the modern world. There are over 30,000 terpenes in nature and they can come from plants like rosemary, mint, and basil, as well as cannabis. However, it can be said that terpenes are most heavily concentrated in the cannabis plant, which is known to contain “over 100 different terpenes...and every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition,” according to Leafly. The widespread presence of terpenes in plants other than cannabis is good news for producers of cannabis products that want to add natural flavor without throwing off pre-established potency.
Did You Know Pure Terpenes Can Be Dangerous?
The most important thing to know about using the pure, food-grade terpenes that we sell here at True Blue is that they are NOT intended to be used at full potency. All food-grade terpenes should be diluted before they’re added to any type of cannabis product--whether smokable, edible, or topical. In fact, it’s dangerous to let some pure terpenes come into contact with your bare skin, and you should be sure to use the appropriate skin protection, eye protection, and to use your terpenes in a well-ventilated area.
We recommend starting with a 3 percent concentration of cannabis terpenes and then increasing in 0.5 percent or 1 percent increments up to 6 percent by weight depending on personal preference. Because our food-grade terpenes are less viscous than water, 1 ml of terpenes equals approximately .85 grams. One drop of True Blue terpenes selected using the included plastic pipette is approximately .02ml or .017 grams.
When using terpenes in your cannabis products, remember that they are NOT water soluble. Terpenes mix best with cannabis plant extracts, coconut oil, vegetable glycerine, and more. Terpenes will homogenize with agitation and the process can be sped up by applying low heat.
We hope this post has helped you understand a little bit more about how to use terpenes safely in your cannabis products. Shop our full selection of terpenes now and be sure to contact us if you have any questions.