“What’s the THC content?” is a daily question received by most cannabis stores. It also guides the polarized shopping habits of many customers with THC amounts either being "too high" or "too low". Although THC potency does play an important part, it doesn’t always equate to an optimal cannabis experience. In fact, you could be missing out on quality cannabis products and their associated benefits by ignoring other important qualities.
Dried cannabis flower is rich in scents and flavours which are all delivered through a strain’s terpene profile. So what you also want to start experimenting with and considering are specific terpenes found in a strain.
What’s a Terpene?
Terpenes (pronounced tur-peens) are essential oils that make each strain unique. There are more than 20,000 terpenes in existence and at least 100 produced by the cannabis plant. Combined with THC or CBD (cannabinoid content), they create what’s often referred to as the “entourage effect”. This collective effect ultimately determines what kinds of benefits you can expect to receive from a particular strain.
The entourage effect (terpenes, terpene concentration, and cannabinoids) all work together to create and amplify certain effects. In fact, it’s becoming easier to achieve desired results based on particular profiles. For instance, strains containing linalool terpenes (found in lavender) will have a similarly calming effect on the body. Likewise, strains with a citrus scent, like Lemon Skunk or Agent Orange, will have the same uplifting effects due to their limonene content.
Getting to know the unique combination of terpenes produced by your favourite cultivars will help you recognize the specific cannabis flowers and concentrates that are most beneficial to your needs. With a little guidance and experimentation, it’s relatively easy to determine what profiles are best suited for you.
Stay tuned as we role out more information about terpenes to help bring your cannabis experience to the next level!