There are hundreds of different compounds in a cannabis plant including cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. The different compounds all play an important role in the taste, smell, and effects of the plant. While cannabinoids may be the most well-known compound, the terpene profile while often overlooked is an important part of the cannabis plant
Terpenes are essential oils that are naturally occurring in all plants. In fact, they give your favorite cannabis varieties distinct flavors. These oils, some of which include citrus, berry, mint, and pine, have been known to play a significant role in the therapeutic and medicinal use of cannabis strains. Just like rosemary and lavender essential oils have distinctive aromas and contain specific medicinal values, cannabis too has a terpene profile that sets the tone for how it will affect you.
In cannabis, terpenes play a significant role in the therapeutic and medicinal use of cannabis by creating subtle differences in effects across varying strains. Terpenes are produced in the trichomes of cannabis, also known as the sticky protrusions covering cannabis leaves and buds. Terpenes, like cannabinoids, are available in more than a hundred different forms but some of the most common ones include:
Limonene (Citrus) is known for its bright citrus aromas and is also found in citrus fruit rinds. This particular terpene is known for its mood-elevating potential, producing energizing feelings. It’s also known to have good digestive protection, reducing heartburn and promoting healthy digestion.
Myrcene (Smoky) is known as the most abundant terpene, found in high concentrations in most cannabis strains. It’s known for its signature musky smell and is most commonly known for its sedating effects. It works as a sleep aid and has anti-inflammatory properties too. It’s also been known to help with pain and muscle soreness.
Caryophyllene (Peppery) is known for its spicy, peppery scent and is known to be calming and sedating. It’s been said to help with anxiety, depression, and as an anti-inflammatory.
Terpinolene (Woody) is a kind of terpene that can have some of the most divergent effects of any terpene in different people. Some have even been known to find it centering and focusing and others find it energizing.
Tap Root Fields has its own CBD flower for sale. The Myrcene and limonene terpenes are dominant in our Orange Peel flower, which as mentioned above, is known for its sedating effects. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory benefits and act as a pain reliever.
When selecting strains based on terpenes rather than just cannabinoids can bring on a totally new dimension to shopping for cannabis. It affords many people the opportunity to select new strains that are best for you and your body too. And when all else fails, experts suggest you follow your nose. Your body knows what it needs and choosing a strain by its scent is the best way to understand what your body is trying to tell you.