What Are Terpenes And What Do They Do?
Terpenes are mostly associated with cannabis plants, but can be found in many plants, including conifer trees, rosemary, mint, basil, and other aromatic plants. Some insects even produce certain bad-tasting terpenes as a means of protection from hungry predators. Terpenes play a number of roles within a plant’s life, but most importantly they can either attract helpful bugs for pollination or deter harmful predators, which is the evolutionary reason for the existence of terpenes. So what are terpenes, exactly? Terpenes are just organic molecules that naturally occur in plants and are the building blocks of smell and taste. This is why, for example, Tangie terpenes and the Tangie strain of marijuana taste like tangerines, even though Tangie weed obviously does not come from a tangerine tree. However, both plants are high in the limonene terpene. Similarly, the Green Crack terpene profile for the marijuana strain has high levels of the terpene myrcene, which adds to its sweet, tropical flavor. Unsurprisingly, mangos also are high in myrcene.
How Terpene Research Has Revolutionized Medical Marijuana
The more research that is conducted about terpenes, the more we know how they affect us. Terpenes are the reason why certain strains of marijuana make you sleepy and cloudy, while others make you alert and creative. This is particularly good news for the medical marijuana industry, as well as for patients who rely on medical marijuana. Finding medical marijuana with, for example, pain-relieving effects and clear-headedness can help someone who needs medical marijuana effectively go about their day without feeling drowsy.
Overview Of The Five Most Common Cannabis Terpenes
Linalool: Linalool has a floral, almost sweet aroma and is know for its anti-anxiety and sedation effects. Not surprisingly, linalool is one of the main terpenes found in lavender, which is a flower that has often been used for its calming scent.
Limonene: You could probably guess by the name of this terpene that it has some sort of lemony, citrus flavors and smells. Just like some fresh lemon water can perk you up, limonene terpenes have a mood elevating effect. This terpene is found in lemon and orange rinds, as well as in peppermint and rosemary.
Caryophyllene: This terpene isn’t known for having any physical or mental effects like the other terpenes, but is common in popular strains due to its spicy, woodsy flavor. It has been used to treat autoimmune disorders and arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties, and can be found in black pepper, cloves, and even cotton plants.
Myrcene: Myrcene might be the most abundant terpene in cannabis strains, and is known for its musky, earthy scent and flavor profile. Myrcene has a sedating, “couch-lock” effect, making myrcene strains popular for those looking to completely relax. The myrcene terpene can be found in hops, thyme, and other common herbs.
Pinene: Like limonene, most people could guess what aroma pinene gives off. Pinene is known for it pine flavor - we know, it’s shocking. The pinene terpene has been shown to help memory retention and alertness, and actually, counteracts some psychoactive effects of THC. Pinene is found in, of course, pine trees and other evergreens, rosemary, basil, and other herbs.
Choose True Blue For Your Terpenes
Our food-grade terpenes do not contain any THC or CBD, and are designed to enhance your cannabis products. When cannabis is processed, either dried and cured or made into vape juice, it loses a lot of its terpene content. This takes away the flavors that you love, and the medicinal effects that the terpenes offer. Our pure strain-inspired terps reintroduce the terpenes at the proper ratio to bring your favorite strain to life. Check out our entire selection of strain-based terpenes here, and our natural weed flavor drops here!