What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are aromatic oils produced by the cannabis plant; each cannabis species has a unique smell with distinctiveness flavours like citrus, berry, mint, and pine.
Terpenes are found in cannabis plants and observed in tea, thyme, Spanish sage, and citrus fruits such as lemon oranges.
Many factors influence a plant’s development of unique terpenes, including climate, weather, age and maturation, fertilisers, soil type, and even the time of day.
The plant naturally produces terpenes in its later growing stages to help attract pollinators and resist predators.
There are over 100 different terpenes identified in the cannabis plant, and each other plants genetics product their unique terpene type and composition. A good example is the Gelato cannabis strain its well known for its intense aroma and sweet-smelling flavour with citrus, earthy and creamy touches.
Terpenes are also known to play a vital role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. Some terpenes might promote relaxation and stress relief, while others potentially promote focus and acuity.
Cannabis plants like Granddaddy purple contain high levels of Myrcene which is found in many relaxing cannabis strains Granddaddy Purple.
How to know what Terpenes cannabis strain contains?
Many labs that can analyse cannabinoid levels can also explore the samples of terpenes to record a terpene database.
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How to use Terpenes?
Terpenes are potent and are pretty tricky to use. They can potentially be harmful, so you should be very careful when using them.
Terpenes come as standard in a 1ml bottle which tells you that a little goes a long way. It would be best if you never ingested the terpenes neat/undiluted.
Terpenes should be added to a liquid, oil or extract. It is always best to add small amounts and build the flavour up gradually 1 – 3% is usually good enough.
The best way to add terpenes to your oils is to add one or two drops into a giant tub of the finished product. Mix well and try. If you need more, then add it.
Some users in the UK add terpenes to herbs to give them a more potent fruity smell.