TERPENES: SAVOR THE FLAVOR
You walked into your local cannabis shop, Kush 21, looking for something to end the day and you keep seeing and hearing the word terpenes. “What are terpenes?” is your first thought before your bud tender lays out the newest brands to try. For many moons, cannabis consumers have thought that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main constituent in cannabis) was the only chemical in bud that delivered their highs. Studies recently have proven that THC isn’t the only culprit that leads to a great buzz.
Terpenes (also known as “terps”) are another chemical within cannabis that mesh with cannabinoids to boost the effect of one another in your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Terpenes also have different effects, depending on cannabis strain, which can range from an uplifting high to a relaxing one. Basically, terpenes are what Scottie Pippen was to Michael Jordan.
Terpenes are also beneficial to the medical side of pot usage. Those dealing with chronic pain or cancer can use this to treat their physical issues. They contribute to one’s mental downfalls as well such as depression, anxiety, and battling addiction. Fun fact: The majority of terpenes in cannabis provide either anti-pain or anti-inflammatory receptors. A laborer’s best friend, right?
The sweetest part (no pun intended) about terpenes would be their flavors. The smells and taste of terpenes and their appeal differ from person to person but whatever aroma of weed identifies with you the most can be a sign of what strain you should try. Now, after a lengthy week of work and SeaTac traffic, you can walk into your favorite dispensary, Kush 21, with the knowledge to have your skilled bud tender pin point what strains work the best. Taste testing never sounded so good.