For those new to the joys of consuming cannabis, “terpene” may sound like a strange and unfamiliar term. However, terpenes are some of the most common chemicals on the planet. As science and technology deepen our understanding of what terpenes are and how they impact the therapeutic functions of medical marijuana, there’s still a lot more to learn.
What Are Terpenes, Anyway?
Very simply, terpenes are the fragrant oils that occur naturally in fragrant plants, fruits, and herbs They also happen to lend strains their different aromas, flavors, and effects.
The flower’s trichome glands secrete terpenes and cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and others. Keep in mind that terpenes aren’t unique to cannabis by any means, and they often occur in other herbs, fruits, and plants.
After consumption, terpenes bind to receptors in your brain to work synergistically with cannabinoids and give rise to different effects. Although there are more than 100 different cannabinoids and terpenes, there are a few that are more popular with patients and recreational marijuana consumers alike.
Most Common Terpenes in Las Vegas
Alpha-pinene and Beta-pinene
- Smells like: Pine trees
- Effects: Memory retention aid, alertness, counteracts more intense THC effects
- Medical use: Asthma, antiseptic
- Pinene in nature: Pine needles, rosemary, basil, dill, parsley
- Strains high in pinene: Jack Herer, Trainwreck, Super Silver Haze, Chemdawg, Bubba Kush
- Smells like: Pepper, spicy, woodsy, cloves
- Effects: Early studies have demonstrated anxiolytic and antidepressant effects on those coping with depression.
- Medical uses: Anti-inflammatory, arthritis relief, ulcers, autoimmune disorders, and gastroprotective.
- Caryophyllene in nature: black pepper, cloves, cotton
- Strains high in caryophyllene: Rockstar, Skywalker OG, Sour Diesel
- Smells like: Citrus fruits
- Effects: Elevated mood, aids in stress relief
- Medical uses: Antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, helps to dissolve gallstones, enhances mood and aids in gastrointestinal complications, heartburn, depression
- Limonene in nature: Rosemary, juniper, fruit rinds, peppermint
- Strains high in limonene: Jack the Ripper, OG Kush, Super Lemon Haze
- Smells like: Floral, citrus, candy
- Effects: Anxiety relief and sedative
- Medical uses: Anticonvulsant, anti-anxiety, antidepressant, helps heal acne
- Linalool in nature: Lavender
- Strains high in linalool: G13, Amnesia Haze, Lavender, LA Confidential
- Smells like: Earthy, musky, herbal with notes of citrus and tropical fruit
- Effects: Sedating “couchlock” effect, relaxing
- Medical Value: Antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and analgesic. Relieves muscle tension, pain, sleeplessness, inflammation, and depression
- Myrcene in nature: Mango, lemongrass, thyme, hops
- Strains high in myrcene: El Nino, Pure Kush, Himalayan Gold, White Widow, Super Silver Haze
Because the genetics of each plant or grow operation will have their nuances, different batches of different strains will have varying levels of these terpenoids and cannabinoids. The best way to ensure that you’re buying a product with the terpenes and cannabinoids that you need is by reading your lab report at our Las Vegas recreational marijuana dispensary.
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When it comes to getting the most out of your recreational marijuana flower or concentrate, it’s important to know about terpenes and how they will affect your next smoke sesh. Get the right flower for the right experience with Las Vegas ReLeaf!