All About Terpenes: The Smells of Cannabis
If you’ve ever been to a dispensary, you’ve probably noticed that different cannabis strains can have very different smells. These different aromas are caused by compounds called terpenes. Terpenes can also influence the flavor of cannabis, concentrates, and oils. For example, the terpene limonene is known for its citrusy smell and flavor.
At Moosehead Medicine in Greenville, Maine, we have a wide variety of cannabis strains, each with its own unique smell. While the smells of different strains can be pleasant and help you choose the right one for your needs, terpenes actually do much more than just give cannabis flowers different aromas.
In this blog post, we’ll be taking a closer look at terpenes, what they are, and how they can affect your experience with cannabis.
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are organic compounds that are produced by a wide variety of plants, including cannabis. They are responsible for the distinct aromas of different strains of cannabis. There are dozens of different terpenes that have been identified in cannabis, and each one has its own unique smell and flavor.
How Do Terpenes Affect My Experience With Cannabis?
In addition to giving cannabis its distinct flavor and smell, terpenes also play a role in the way that cannabis affects our bodies. Different terpenes can interact with the cannabinoids in cannabis to produce different effects.
For example, some terpenes can increase feelings of relaxation while others may increase energy levels. When choosing a strain of cannabis, it’s important to consider the effect that you want to achieve and choose a strain with the right mix of terpenes for you.
Examples of Common Terpenes
There are dozens of different terpenes that have been identified in cannabis, but some are more common than others. Here are a few examples of common cannabis terpenes:
Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes in cannabis. It’s known for its earthy, musky aroma. Myrcene is also found in hops, thyme, and lemongrass.
Myrcene is believed to interact with THC to increase feelings of relaxation. It’s also thought to increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, which could make cannabis more potent.
Limonene is another common terpene that’s known for its citrusy smell. It’s also found in lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits.
Limonene is thought to increase energy levels and boost mood. It’s also believed to promote weight loss by increasing metabolism.
Pinene is a terpene that’s found in pine needles, rosemary, and basil. It’s one of the most common terpenes in the world.
Pinene is thought to improve memory and alertness. It’s also believed to be a bronchodilator, which means it can help with asthma.
Choosing Strains Based on Terpenes
Now that you know a little bit more about terpenes, you can start to choose strains based on the effects that you want to achieve. At Moosehead Medicine, we have a wide variety of cannabis strains, each with its own unique flavor and aroma.
If you’re not sure which strain is right for you, our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect one based on your needs. We’ll also be happy to answer any questions that you have about cannabis or terpenes.
Stop by Moosehead Medicine in Greenville, ME today and smell the difference for yourself!