Just as we are familiar with the sweet scent of a rose or the strong, heady smell of pine trees, terpenes make each cannabis strain unique in terms of flavour and aroma. Flavour profiles can range from sweet and fruity, minty, citrusy, or earthy and aromatic. Some strains can even smell like cheese!
Terpenes provide a world of unique flavours, aromas and experiences just waiting to be explored! Like wine, some days you may want a sweet, fruity dessert wine and other days, only a rich, bold cabernet will do. It all depends on your mood, taste preferences and comfort level. First-time cannabis users may wish to try a sweet or milder strain, while cannabis connoisseurs are delighted to discover the depth and complexity of other strains.
There are about 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, each boasting its own unique strain and level of concentration, according to Leafly Canada. The five most popular terpenes found in cannabis are Myrcene (flavour profiles range from fruity to earthy), Limonene (citrusy), Terpinolene (lime-like aroma), Linalool (flowery, lavender like) and Caryophyllene (spicy, black pepper aroma and taste).
MYRCENE which is also found in hops, is one of the most popular and available terpenes in the cannabis. Often described as having a heady note of the forest with hints of balsam and bay leaves, it can help you relax and unwind. Pink Kush (such as Flowr BC Pink Kush Indica) has citrus notes while Shishkaberry (such as Redecan Shishkaberry Indica) is known for its mild, relaxing qualities, with sweet berry-like notes.
LIMONENE is the second most commonly found terpene in nature, boasting a natural aroma of citrus fruits. Cannabis strains with Limonene-dominant profiles include Purple Hindu Kush and Quantum Kush.
TERPINOLENE is a strain that creates the entourage effect when terpenes and cannabinoids work in synergy to produce effects that don’t happen on their own. Terpinolene is often characterized with fresh, sweet notes of flowers, fruit, herbs and pine and its energizing effect. Some products to try are Ultra Sour or Rio Bravo.
LINALOOL has a scent profile that is described as “Lavender with a hint of spice.” Like lavender, linalool’s soothing notes are known for its calming effects. Gabriola (Frost Monster) by Broken Coast is an indica dominant hybrid with sweet yet earthy notes for a relaxed and calming vibe.
CARYOPHYLLENE has a distinctive flavour with hints of black pepper. Strains that tend to have high levels of caryophyllene include sativas such as Sour Diesel, Candyland, Original Glue and Master Kush.
Weather, climate, soil, plant maturity and other factors can influence the development of terpenes in the cannabis plant. The inherent terpenes may also play a key role in the effects of cannabis. Some strains may offer a more laid-back, relaxing vibe, while others may make you feel more energized and invigorated.
Extensive and exciting research is being done to test strains of terpene for THC and CBD to determine how terpenes may affect the level of ‘high’ or experience it produces.
By understanding which types of terpenes are in a strain, researchers may be able to determine its effects.
The role of terpenes in producing distinctive flavours and aromas may also be responsible for unique types of highs (from chilled to energized), depending on the type of terpenes which are added. This means cannabis can be tailored to meet a customer’s needs, comfort level and desired level of enjoyment.
Terpenes may be taking cannabis use to all new levels of taste, aromatic pleasure, and experience.
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Disclaimer: This content is intended for general educational and information purposes only. The research and information was gathered from various sources to provide general information relating to the subject and is not intended to be used as advice or consultation of any kind.
Sources: Big Buds Magazine, https://bigbudsmag.com/unlocking-the-power-of-rare-terpenes/. Leafly Canada,https://www.leafly.ca/news/strains-products/leafly-guide-terpenes-canada#whatareterpenes