If you’re new to the world of medical marijuana, which most people are, you may or may not have heard the term “terpenes” before – in which case you might be wondering what they are and what they do. Well, we here at The Woods have all the answers you seek, so take a look below to learn more about some of the most common cannabis terpenes you can expect to find in our exceptional medical marijuana products!
What Are Terpenes?
If you’re familiar with medical marijuana even a little, you already know all strains smell and taste different. What you might not know is, this is actually because of their terpenes. Terpenes are organic compounds formed inside cannabis trichomes and are responsible for the taste and smell of a wide variety of organisms – not just cannabis. Plus, even more interestingly, the way terpenes actually interact with the cannabinoids is what creates their vast variety of unique medicinal properties. A few of the most common cannabis terpenes include:
Myrcene is a calming terpene that can also be found in lemongrass, mango, hops, and thyme. It is said to smell herbal/musky, or even a little like cloves or cardamom, and offers traditionally earthy, somewhat citrusy flavors. It’s present in all the most recognizably relaxing strains in cannabis, including Blue Dream and Granddaddy Purple, and is renowned for its sedative effects as well as its values as a strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and pain reliever.
Behind myrcene, caryophyllene is the second most common terpene. However, it’s not like any other. The most interesting thing about caryophyllene is that it can also act as a cannabinoid, offering unparalleled anti-inflammatory properties. Aside from cannabis strains like Purple Punch and GSC, you can find caryophyllene’s peppery, spicy, woody aromas and flavors in cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. It’s a very well-balanced terpene that offers excellent stress relief, and is great for pain, ulcers, and depression/anxiety.
For those who’re looking to feel uplifted from their anxiety and depression with light citrus aromas and flavors, like those found in lemon/orange rinds, peppermint, and juniper, Wedding Cake, Strawberry Banana, White Fire OG and other strains high in limonene are always preferred. It’s even a great terpene for relieving pain/inflammation and weakening cancer cells as well.
Unlike the others, pinene is easily one of the most common and versatile terpenes in the natural world. It can be found in everything from pine needles, to herbs like basil, dill, and rosemary. Like its name, it has a strong, clear pine scent with an earthy flavor. It can help with alertness and memory, and can even counter some of the intoxicating effects of THC, making strains high in pinene, like Big Smooth and Snoop’s Dream, specially valuable for patients suffering asthma, pain, inflammation, cancer, ulcers, anxiety, and more.
If you’re looking for a milder terpene that still packs a big punch, humulene is truly an unsung hero. It’s strong woody, earthy smell is common in hops, basil, sage, cloves, and coriander and is great for outstanding pain and inflammation relief. You can easily find in in strains like Sherbert, GSC, Gelato, and Durban Poison among others.
Want to learn more about the specific strains and terpenes we have in stock? Stop by The Woods and speak with any of our friendly medical marijuana aficionados today!
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