You may have heard or read about marijuana terpenes. If you’re not familiar with the parts of the plant, you may be confused about what terpenes are and what effect they have on the cannabis plant. Here’s what you need to know:
What Are Terpenes
Terpenes are essential oils that produce a variety of scents. Contrary to popular belief, terpenes are not just found in marijuana but are also found in nearly every plant around as a natural means of creating the fragrance. These oils work with your neuroreceptors to produce a variety of including reducing inflammation, treating depression and more.
Most Common Terpenes
There are six common terpenes found in plants, and they are as follows: Limonene, Humulene, Pinene, Linalool, Caryophyllene, and Myrcene. In some cases, the names of these oils give you a pretty good idea of what fragrances they produce. For instance, Limonene is responsible for citrus flavors, while Pinene creates earthy, piney flavors. However, caryophyllene is more difficult to guess, and it produces spicy, peppery flavors. These six terpenes are used to create limitless combinations and possibilities as each new marijuana strain is produced.
How Do Terpenes Affect Your Body?
Of course, terpenes do more than just produce fragrances. They also produce many psychoactive effects that are beneficial for your health and well-being. The most common effects are anti-inflammatory and pain relief, although some terpenes like linalcool are particularly effective in treating depression, anxiety, and stress disorders.
It is not uncommon to see people size up a new strain by smelling it first to determine whether or not it has a high terpene content. Obviously, this is not an exact science, but more and more companies are having their products lab tested to give consumers a better idea of the terpene content of their products. This gives you a better way of comparing products side by side and making sure that you’re getting the terpenes you want.
If you plan on using your nose to find the terpenes, it’s important to keep in mind that some fragrances are inherently stronger than others. For instance, pine and spice scents tend to be more pronounced while floral and sweet scents tend to be milder. Also, even if you regularly purchase a particular strain, you will want to test it each time you buy because each batch may have drastically different amounts of terpenes present.
For more information about terpenes, stop by Arizona Organix of Glendale, Arizona today. Our team is here to help you choose quality strains from our menu with just the right terpenes for your tastes.