When medical marijuana patients think about cannabis — the first thought always lands on THC.
Although THC and other cannabinoids play an essential role in medical marijuana’s therapeutic effects — terpenes deserve more recognition. From delicious flavors to medical effects, terpenes are the unsung heroes of medical marijuana.
Below, you’ll discover everything you need to know about terpenes and why you should always check terpene content when buying medical marijuana.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are organic compounds found in most plants.
Thousands of unique terpenes exist within the plant kingdom; interestingly enough, over 200 terpenes are found in cannabis. However, not all cannabis plants contain the same terpene profiles.
When viewed biologically, terpenes play a unique role among plants. In some cases, terpenes attract pollinators with pleasant aromas to entice beneficial animals. In other instances, terpenes dissuade predators from eating plants with noxious odors.
From a human perspective, most cannabis-based terpenes are extremely pleasant to our taste and smell. From floral hues to downright skunk, humans have adapted to enjoy the wide-ranging aromas and flavors produced by marijuana.
The Effects of Terpenes
The common misconception regarding terpenes is that they do not influence the effects of cannabis.
Most medical marijuana patients believe terpenes are responsible for flavor and smell only. However, the truth is that terpenes are much more critical than scent and taste.
Research shows that terpenes are responsible for the effects experienced while under the influence of medical marijuana. Whereas THC is responsible for the potency of the effects, terpenes are in the driver’s seat from start to finish.
For example, linalool is a core terpene found within lavender. When you’re feeling down, a cup of lavender tea eases tension and reduces feelings of depression. Linalool is also found in many medical marijuana strains, and these particular varieties are known to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.
In another example, citrus fruit contains ample levels of limonene. Many Sativa-dominant medical marijuana strains contain limonene, which promotes feelings of increased energy and focus.
How to Find The Perfect Medical Marijuana Strain Based on Terpenes
The revelation that terpenes promote the bulk of medical marijuana’s effects provides a novel way to choose a strain based on your needs.
Instead of looking for the highest THC or CBD strain, you should dive into the terpene profile. All legal medical marijuana products are lab-tested, making it incredibly easy to see which terpenes are present.
Even if the terpenes are not listed directly on the product, ask a budtender to show you the lab results, including terpene concentrations. Lab results are invaluable information because you can use them to select the perfect strain.
If you want the most uplifting medical marijuana strain — look for one with ample levels of limonene, pinene, and humulene. If searching for a strain with sedative-like effects, you’ll want to find a strain that packs myrcene, linalool, and caryophyllene.
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