Cannabis terpenes are one of the hottest topics in the industry right now. THC potency is still the most important thing for a lot of customers. As people get to learn about cannabis, enthusiasts are starting to think more about the terpenes in every product they purchase. Cannabis concentrates are renowned for their potency (especially when it comes to THC), but the best extracts have even more to offer. Look for cannabis concentrates with high terpene levels to keep customers coming back to your dispensary over and over again.
What Are Terpenes?
The easiest way to understand terpenes is to think of them as the essential oils in cannabis. They’re organic compounds that give each cannabis strain its unique taste and smell. If you want a concentrate from a strain that you’re especially proud of, you can preserve its essence by preserving the terpenes. Terpenes will make your concentrate taste and smell better. Terpenes give off more of a natural cannabis essence, but we’re starting to learn that terpenes can do even more than that.
What Do Terpenes Do?
In addition to adding flavor and aroma, we’re starting to learn that cannabis terpenes can change the way a body processes cannabinoids. Just as some people use one essential oil when they want to relax and different oil when they want to feel invigorated, cannabis terpenes are reported to have different effects as well. In some cases, they may even make it easier for THC to cross the blood-brain barrier, which increases the impact. We’ve known for a while that different strains have different effects, and now we understand why– cannabis terpenes cause the entourage effect.
What Is the Entourage Effect?
Simply put, THC and CBD can behave differently depending on the entourage of terpenes they bring with them. The entourage effect will be different for every strain because it depends on the unique chemical profile. Some believe that there may be hundreds of different terpenes. To understand how terpenes affect cannabis concentrates, consider these reported effects from some of the most common cannabis terpenes:
- Caryophyllene – This terpene is associated with woody spice, and it’s also found in pepper and cloves. It’s common in indica strains and has been linked to feelings of physical relief and sleepiness.
- Limonene – As the name implies, this terpene has a very citrusy lemon smell. It’s also found in citrus fruits and peppermint, and some say it can lift their mood and give them some energy. It’s found in different amounts in a lot of strains but is especially prevalent in citrusy sativas.
- Myrcene – This musky terpene is also found in thyme, lemongrass, and other earthy herbs. Strains with high myrcene levels are often (but not always) likely to be indicas. So seek out a strain with lots of myrcene when you want to relax into a good body high.
- Pinene – Like limonene, pinene’s name gives us a good clue about how the terpene smells and tastes. Pinene is prevalent in pine trees, rosemary, basil, parsley, and strains with a sweet and heavy pine smell. Some people believe pinene is an anti-inflammatory compound, which may even help with asthma. It’s further associated with alert energy, creativity, and feelings of euphoria.
Terpene-Rich Concentrates for Dispensaries
No matter which terpenes your cannabis contains, preserve them as well as you can to produce superior concentrates for your dispensary. Here at Chronic Creations, we take great care not to burn the terpenes off during extraction. Contact us to learn how you can supply pungent, flavorful, powerful concentrates at your Colorado dispensary.