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 marijuana that don’t involve a bong or rolling papers. Smoking weed, 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 marijuana 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 cbd oil 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 natural terpenes you need!
Keep reading to read more about cannabis terpenoids, and the correct way to utilize them in your creation of weed and CBD-dominant products.
Terpenes: Cannabis Isn’t The Only Source!
While terpenes are almost always discussed in the context of weed 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 natural terpenes and they can come from plants like rosemary, mint, and basil, as well as marijuana. However, it can be said that terpenes are most heavily concentrated in the marijuana plant, which is known to contain “over 100 different terpenes...and every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition,” according to Leafly. This is the reason why vape oil is so potent. The widespread presence of terpenes in plants other than cannabis is good news for producers of weed products that want to add natural flavor without throwing off pre-established potency.
What Are Some Natural Terpene Oil Uses?
Terpenes are a key ingredient in the essential oil found, not just in marijuana , but in all plants. So, whenever you use your your Glade Plug In or read that a skin care product contains tea tree oil, those are examples of natural terpenes in action. Much of these products are built on a chemical compound known as caryophyllene oxide, which is responsible for the spiciness of black pepper. Let’s take a look of some of the most common types of essential oils on the market.
Treat Your Skin With Tea Tree Oil
The term ‘tea tree’ is used to describe several plants all from the Myrtaceae family, most of which are indigenous to Australia and New Zealand. Renowned for its anti-inflammatory effects, tree oil extracted from the raw plant material has become a key ingredient in many topical medications that are used to treat infections. It can also be found in many standard cleaning products, laundry detergent, shampoos, and nail creams.
Spice Up Your Cuisine And Clean Up Your House With Citrus Oil
Lime oil is known for its distinct tart citrus scent. That makes it a perfect addition to homemade salsa or avocado dip. Lemon terpenes are also a popular essential oil. Rich in limonene, they make for an effective sanitizing agent that you can use in your dishwasher, wood polish, and even teeth whitener.
Combat Aging With Patchouli Oil
Patchouli is a species of plant that is native to the tropical regions of Asia. It’s also a powerful anti-aging herb that has become a staple of facial cleansers. You can also find patchouli in incense, herbal tea, and perfumes.
Gum Turpentine: An Effective Solvent
Gum turpentine is derived from distilled resin from live pine trees. It has a number of industrial uses - primarily as a solvent for thinning oil-based paints and as a source of materials for organic synthesis.
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 cannabinoid-rich 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 weed terpenes in your hemp oil 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 marijuana products, remember that they are NOT water soluble. Terpenes mix best with marijuana 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.