Flavour Profiles and Terpenes

You may have heard the word Terpenes being used alongside words such as Sativa or Indica but what exactly does that mean?

Terpenes are another compound found in cannabis. Terpenes are responsible for the aromas, colour, flavours associated with the plant.

When it comes to cannabis terpenes are what makes certain strains, look,

,smell and taste different from others.

Common Terpenes:

Beta-Caryophyllene; Sweet, woody, spicy, peppery aroma/taste. Known uses; analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

Limonene: Pungent, citrus of lemon and orange. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Pinene; One of the most common flavours reminiscent of pine needles. This aroma is said to clear a foggy head and raise alertness and can be used as a topical antiseptic.

Myrcene; Earthy/Musky odour and used as a sedative/anti-anxiety treatment. Benefits include pain/inflamation reduction and antioxidant properties.

Linalool: smells of floral and citrus promoting relaxation, anti-anxiety, antidepressant sensations.

Terpenes are still under study however there are approximately 400 known Terpene compounds  but only a few that have demonstrated specific effects.

It is thought that they work in synergy with other cannabinoids to produce an enhanced psychoactive effect.

How to read the Labels

Labels on Cannabis products can be confusing if you don’t know what you are looking at. Percentages are not always easy to spot and terpenes are not always listed however more new products are giving a better breakdown of these ingredients.

Things to look for; 

Packaging date: Depending on the product and its sealed pkg. freshness might be and issue. Dryness can effect the harshness of the smoke for example so it may not be as smooth as it once was but it’s no guarantee. Some smokes are just harsher or stronger due to the strain and method of the grow. NOTE: Some producers have not provided this info on the package but it’s a good idea to check.

Product Weight: Fairly self explanatory 3.5 g or 7g etc.

Ingredients: THC/CBD are the most common active cannabinoids and they will be marked on the label with either a percentage of strength or a number of Milligrams per weight.

Example you may see a number like 206,00 ml/gr. This can be read as 20.6% for the active ingredient. For CBD you may see 0.047 ml/g which basically accepted as less than 1% which is negligible for an active ingredient.

CBD’s generally less than 20% and more likely 12% or lower in most cannabis products you smoke.

This does not include oils which can be much higher in potency.

Other info will include contact info, lot # which if there is a problem or you require other data on the specific grow it is available if you ask.

Well that sums it up for this Blog entry if you have questions address your questions to info@bestbudz.ca.

From Grandpa Green and Maddy Flowers have a Green Day.

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