Have you ever found yourself wondering where marijuana gets all of its incredible medicinal properties from? While cannabinoids like THC and CBD have a lot to do with it, there’s also another extremely important element involved, called terpenes. In this article, you’re going to discover what terpenes are and why it’s so important to know your terpenes.
What are Terpenes?
First and foremost, terpenes are the aromatic oils that provide marijuana with its highly unique scent. There are more than 100 of them that can be found in the cannabis plant alone. Pretty much any plant or fruit that you can think of contain terpenes. They’re what make citrus smell like citrus, mint smell like mint, and so on!
Terpenes change more than just the smell of marijuana, they also provide each strain with it’s own unique physiologic effects. Furthermore, each strain contains different combinations of terpenes (and cannabinoids.) It is highly recommended that if possible, you smell the different strains before you purchase them. The scents that appeal to you most, may very well be able to treat your symptoms the best.
Below you will find the most commonly found, beneficial terpenes, as well as their scent and potential physiologic effects. This will come in extremely handy if you are unable to smell the different strains while at the dispensary. Knowing what to look for, what appeals to you, and what doesn’t will help you get the relief that you need.
Most Beneficial Terpenes
This first terpene may smell slightly sour, like mango or citrus, or even a bit like hops. Myrcene can act as a sedative, anti-inflammatory agent, muscle relaxant, and pain reliever.
It’s no surprise that Limonene will smell citrusy, like lemon, orange, or grapefruit. It can also smell like bergamot, which is a peppery scent. Limonene can act as a relaxant, anti-anxiety, anti-cancer, anti-nausea, or an anti-depressant agent.
This terpene smells extremely earthy, like pepper, clove, spice, or wood. It can act as an anti-inflammatory, sedative, or anti-nausea medication.
Linalool is going to smell floral, like flowers, sage, and hops. It will act as an anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, sedative, and pain-reliever.
This terpene comes with a sharp, fresh, pine scent. It can help you focus, be more alert, and have a better memory. Pinene is also an anti-inflammatory.
Pulegone is a minty, icy, cooling and refreshing terpene! It has memory enhancing capabilities and can also act as a sedative and chest decongestant.
Eucalyptol is another earthy one. It carries scents of spice, woods, camphor, rosemary, but can also be quite refreshing. This terpene is another memory-enhancer, and is also alerting, stimulating, and can be used as a sinus decongestant.
Last but not least, nerolidol is flowery and woodsy. It is anti-anxiety, as well as relaxing and sedating.
Now that you know your terpenes, you’ll know what to look for when you walk into the dispensary. Of course, there will usually be bud tenders that can help answer any questions that you may have. It may take time to find the right strain to treat your symptoms. The good news is that marijuana is all-natural, meaning that trying different strains is not harmful. You may be surprised with the scents that stick out to you!
If you’re new to the world of medical marijuana, you’re probably unfamiliar with terpenes. These compounds are the essential aromatic oils that give cannabis flower it’s highly-unique scent. With that being said, they provide more than just that classic aroma associated with marijuana. Terpenes also play a very important role in the medical effects and benefits of medical marijuana. Damage or removal of terpenes will result in a decrease in medical therapy potential. This is why it is crucial that you know all of the ways to preserve your terpenes so that you can get the most out of your medicine!
7 Easy Ways to Preserve Your Terpenes
Avoid Plastic Containers
Plastic containers are like kryptonite for marijuana. They will degrade not only the terpenes, but the cannabinoids like CBD and THC as well. As soon as you purchase your flower, remove it from the store container and place it in an airtight glass container, like a mason jar. This will allow all of the incredible scents to stick around until you get to enjoy them!
Keep It Clean
This is pretty much a no-brainer, however we feel like we should mention that the glass container you choose should be clean and free of any other residual scents from old resin. Keep it fresh and the benefits will be even greater!
Store Different Strains Separately
This sort of goes along with the tip above… Just as you don’t want any old, residual odors to compromise your weed, you also don’t want other strains getting in the way. If you’re going to purchase multiple strains at one time, separate them into individual containers.
Find a Cool, Dark Place
Heat and light can damage the delicate chemical bonds that make terpenes so special! In order to preserve them, keep them in a cool dark place like a nightstand table or basement cabinet. On a side note, it’s important that you also keep them somewhere that temperature (and moisture) remains constant. In other words, don’t keep them near the refrigerator, air vent, doors, or windows.
Get Yourself a Grinder
Using an herb grinder will release the wonderful aromas found in the thick, resinous bud. Unlocking these scents through grinding will make smoking much more enjoyable.
Light Up with a Hemp Wick
This is one that many users aren’t aware of… lighting up with a butane lighter can actually damage the flower, mask the scent, and dull the taste of the terpenes. Use a hemp wick that’s been dipped in beeswax to light your joint, and prepare to reap all of the amazing benefits!
Keep Your Stockpile Small
The fresher the better! Don’t hoard too much flower at once because you may end up with dry, brittle flower that has lost some of its benefits. Fresh flower will guarantee satisfaction.
Are you a medical marijuana patient? If so, keep these 10 easy ways to preserve your terpenes in mind, the next time you leave the dispensary. You’ve waited for access to medical marijuana for far too long, you might as well get the most out of it!
Your body has a built in network of receptors called the Endocannabinoid system. By now, you’re probably aware that cannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant. The two most popular cannabinoids are THC and CBD. This begs the question, why does our body have an Endocannabinoid system? Do we have naturally occurring cannabinoids in our body?
Scientists discovered the Endocannabinoid system about 25 years ago. As scientists studied how THC and CBD affect our body, they discovered this special network of receptors. They began to wonder, why would we have a built-in system like this if we didn’t produce cannabinoid-like chemicals on our own.
Naturally Occurring Cannabinoid
As a result of their discovery, scientists dove in and discovered that we produce a chemical called Anandamide. This neurotransmitter binds to endocannabinoid receptors and produces a “blissful” or “peaceful” feeling, much like THC.
What does the Endocannbinoid System Do?
Generally speaking, the Endocannabinoid system controls vital life functions related to the immune system, memory, appetite, sleep pattern, mood, pain sensation, temperature, pleasure, and even reproduction. Basically, it is responsible for establishing and maintaining human health or homeostasis in the body.
What does This Mean for Medical Marijuana?
CB1 and CB2 are the two main receptors in the body.
CB1 receptors are in the central and peripheral nervous system, and are the most abundant receptors in the brain. THC binds to and activates the CB1 receptors, producing it’s classic psychoactive effects. Anandamide also binds to and activates the CB1 receptors, however, it is only produced by the body when it is needed and disposed of as soon as it is not. The effects of THC last longer because the body does not dispose of them right away.
CB2 receptors are in the immune system, digestive system, and several main organs. They are primarily responsible for reducing inflammation. CB2 receptors are “the cause of the massive range of cannabis’ medical properties.” THC interacts with them, but only CB1 receptors can produce the classic high. CBD interacts with both CB1 and CB2.
When it comes down to it, medical marijuana is only able to produce such amazing medical benefits because of the Endocannabinoid system. For this reason, medical marijuana would essentially be useless to us without it.