What’s the Significance of Terpenes in Cannabis?

October 24, 2023 Bud Love Team

In the world of cannabis consumption, enhancing the smoking experience has been an ongoing quest for both recreational and medicinal users. While the primary focus of conversation often revolves around the THC or cannabinoid content, there is another vital player in the mix that deserves attention: terpenes. At Bud Love, we are dedicated to elevating the smoking experience, and for that reason we’ve carefully incorporated terpenes (along with CBG and marshmallow leaf) into our herbal mixers to create a smoother, more enjoyable toking experience alongside your favorite cannabis strains.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are a diverse class of organic compounds found in a wide range of plants, including the cannabis plant. Terpenes are a major component of the essential oils produced from plants. Aromatherapy uses the medicinal properties of these terpenes to regulate mood, sleep problems, acuity and overall health. For example, the essential oil from lavender has been noted for its calming and relaxing qualities, while rosemary has been used for concentration and an overall feeling of well-being.

Cannabis terpenes are produced in the resinous trichomes of cannabis plants and they’re responsible for the aromatic and flavor profiles of cannabis strains. In nature, terpenes are responsible for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies, but they can also be used by plants to repel certain critters, including insects and even animals. There are also terpenes that contribute to a plant’s ability to recover from injury or repel germs. Terpenes are an important part of a plant’s survival.

Historical use of terpenes

Terpenes have been utilized for centuries in various cultures for their aromatic, therapeutic, and medicinal properties. Ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians and Greeks, used essential oils derived from plants rich in terpenes for their healing properties and fragrance. The incorporation of additional terpenes into cannabis consumption is a modern evolution of this historical wisdom. Some sources say there are more than 200 distinct types of terpenes, though scientists have only studied a handful of these closely.

While terpenes themselves don’t get you high, terpenes influence the effects of other plant compounds such as THC. For instance, myrcene is known to help produce the entourage effect, where different compounds in cannabis form a symbiotic relationship to create a more powerful impact. This means that strains with high levels of terpenes like myrcene may enhance the effects of THC, making the high more potent and longer lasting.

While most cannabis strains only contain 1-3% terpenes, other plants often contain even smaller terpene concentrations. These volatile compounds are so profoundly aromatic that just a small concentration of terpenes goes a long way.

Common types of terpenes:

These aromatic compounds give each strain its unique aroma, flavor, and therapeutic potential. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the most common cannabis terpenes: Caryophyllene, Humulene, Limonene, Linalool, Myrcene, and Pinene, and discover what each one can do for you. While these are the most common terpenes in cannabis, there are numerous other secondary terpenes which we will cover in a future article.

1. Caryophyllene: The Spicy Soother

Caryophyllene is a spicy, peppery terpene that’s also found in black pepper and cloves. It’s distinctive for its potential to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, particularly CB2 receptors. Caryophyllene may offer:

  • Anti-inflammatory Effects: Caryophyllene could help reduce inflammation, potentially making it a valuable aid for conditions like arthritis and chronic pain.
  • Stress Relief: This terpene may also have potential anti-anxiety properties.

2. Humulene: The Earthy Warrior

Humulene is responsible for the earthy, woody scent found in many cannabis strains. It is also found in hops, which gives beer its aroma. Humulene’s potential benefits include:

  • Appetite Suppression: Some research suggests that humulene may help curb the appetite, which could be useful for those looking to manage their weight.
  • Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic Properties: Humulene may have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, making it a promising candidate for pain management.

3. Limonene: The Zesty Uplifter

Limonene is known for its citrusy, zesty aroma and is found in citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges. Limonene offers:

  • Mood Elevation: Limonene is believed to have mood-enhancing and stress-reducing effects, potentially offering relief from anxiety and depression.
  • Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties: It may also have antibacterial and antifungal properties, contributing to overall wellness.

4. Linalool: The Floral Comforter

Linalool is known for its floral, lavender-like scent. It’s found in lavender, as well as various herbs and spices. Linalool is associated with:

  • Relaxation: Linalool is believed to have sedative and anxiety-reducing properties, promoting relaxation and stress relief.
  • Pain Management: It may also assist in pain management and alleviate symptoms of chronic pain.

5. Myrcene: The Herbal Healer

Myrcene is responsible for the herbal, musky scent found in many cannabis strains. It is also present in high concentrations in hops. Myrcene can offer:

  • Sedation and Relaxation: Myrcene is believed to have sedative properties, making it a potential choice for those seeking relaxation or help with sleep.
  • Pain Relief: It may also assist in pain management and inflammation reduction.

6. Pinene: The Fresh Thinker

Pinene gets its name from its distinctive pine-like aroma. It’s found in pine trees, rosemary, and sage. Pinene’s potential benefits include:

  • Improved Focus: Pinene is believed to enhance alertness and memory retention, potentially helping with focus and concentration.
  • Bronchodilation: It may also act as a bronchodilator, potentially aiding those with respiratory issues.

Terpenes and anxiety relief

One of the key objectives of Bud Love’s herbal mixers is to mitigate any anxiety caused by consuming cannabis and reduce the harshness of smoking. Marshmallow Leaf, CBG, and terpenes are all carefully combined in our mixers to create a blend that offers the following benefits:

  • Marshmallow Leaf: Known for its mucilage content, marshmallow leaf provides a soothing and protective layer to the respiratory tract, helping to alleviate the irritation and potential discomfort caused by smoking.
  • CBG (Cannabigerol) As a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBG complements the experience by potentially reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
  • Terpenes: Terpenes, as mentioned above, can contribute to a calming and stress-relieving atmosphere, making the smoking session more pleasant.

Bud Love is excited to have introduced an innovative way to enhance the cannabis smoking experience by incorporating Marshmallow Leaf, CBG, and terpenes in a careful balance to offer a holistic and enjoyable approach to cannabis consumption. By blending terpenes with cannabinoids, Bud Love aims to fine-tune your cannabis experience, making it smoother and more enjoyable.

Terpenes, with their diverse aromas and potential therapeutic effects, play a pivotal role in achieving a smoother, less harsh, and more anxiety-free smoking session. The synergy between terpenes and cannabinoids exemplifies the entourage effect, making the smoking experience not just about the destination but the journey as well. As you explore Bud Love Herbal Mixers, you embark on a path of ancient wisdom and modern innovation, elevating your cannabis experience to new heights.

Remember, always consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating any new substances into your wellness routine.

––This article comes to you from the Bud Love team.