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What the Hell is a Terpene

As Stoners I like to think that were a curious bunch of people. Wanting to know all the ins and outs, to see the bigger picture right, and we do this especially when it comes to weed. We take our time and enjoy the essence of the beautiful bud. We know about the THC’s and the CBD’s but is there anything else that were missing out on. Yes and no, yes because you might not know what your looking for and no because every bud has them. They are called Terpenes, something your probably very familiar with if you have ever grown a marijuana plant.

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Terpenes are the oils present in every plant of cannabis. They give the different strains their various flavors and aromas. If you’re smoking a good strain of Lemon Drop, for example, you’ll note a distinct lemon flavor and aroma. This is the work of terpenes. Not only do Terpenes make your buds taste and smell dankeriffic, they do lots of other things too. The really fascinating thing is that we don’t yet know everything that terpenes are capable of, Cannabis researchers are discovering new things about them constantly.

All Terpenes act different due to how they react to your cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Feelings from a wonderful stoned to a big binge of munchies, that extra feeling is the Terpenes at work. These different feelings come from the Terpenes. Isn’t that cool?!?!

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Currently the cannabis community knows of about 200 kinds of Terpenes, you could even find several Terpenes in one strain. But you’ll never find more than a about 10. There really are only about 5 main Terpenes though and you probably have experienced each one. So why don’t we check em out and lets see how many you know of

Myrcene

Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes in a cannabis plant. This is the terpene believed to be responsible for that heavy body high that is commonly known as “couch-lock”. When you’re smoking a heavy hitting indica like Bubba Kush, that sinking/falling feeling you get is from myrcene.

Limonene

Limonene is the terpene that is most responsible for that delightful citrus flavor that accompanies strains such as Lemon Kush, Lemon Drop, and Agent Orange. Limonene is believed to help with things like weight loss and also makes an excellent anti fungal.

Pinene

As you may have guessed, pinene is that distinct earthy pine flavor and aroma. Pinene is believed to be an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and may be beneficial when treating autoimmune conditions, such as cancer.

Linalool

Linalool gives certain strains their fresh and fragrant floral flavor and aroma. Linalool is most commonly known as a sleeping aid, but it can also be used to deal with anxiety.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is a particularly aromatic terpene that gives a spicy, peppery flavor and smell. Caryophyllene is believed to be beneficial to cancer patients. It is non psychoactive, and as such is more often present in strains that are used for medical use.

Well I hope that clears some things up for all y’all out there. Terpenes are the extra special stuff from the bud, the nice taste to the smell to the look and feel. A Terpene is that little guy in the pipe making all the distinct things that we all love about marijuana happen. Comment below if you can think of a new specific Terpene, remember this can be a smell, feeling, taste, or maybe it’s a completely new sense. Hope to hear from you soon.

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