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What Are Cannabis Terpenes And What Do They Do?

There is something about the nature of cannabis that can soothe the body and the mind. Whether you are enjoying it through a vaporizer or smelling a bag of sour diesel it’s likely that you can enjoy a flavorful experience each time. Terpenes are the items that are responsible for helping you smell and discern the different types of cannabis flavors.

Cannabis Terpenes

Terpenes are secreted from the same glands that produce THC and CBD. These are the aromatic oils that dictate the color as well as the distinctive flavors of cannabis varieties. These are often the way that many flavors of cannabis can get their names such as the pine, citrus, Barry.

Terpenes in cannabis were created to repel predators as well as lure in pollinators. Most of the factors in the development of these properties depended on the climate the age of the plant, the fertilizers as well as the time of day and soil type. There have been over 100 terpenes identified in the cannabis plant. Almost every strain has its own unique smell and then a descendent of that smell. This is how we get flavors like blueberry- citrus cheese and more.

Terpenes play a key role in differentiating some of the effects of cannabis and they can often be crucial in understanding the extensive effects and which strains would be beneficial for treating various conditions.

At the most basic level, fruity style terpenes are best known as being energizing strains, this means smells like lilacs, citrus and more. Peppery tones are usually found in the middle as are pine style tones. More calming strains are often the herbal style strains that are known for their lemongrass, mango or hoppy smell.

Understanding the differences between these flavors can be important in figuring out the flavors you like the best and what a smell is trying to tell you about cannabis.

This post was written by Flo Sugyatno, operations manager of LOCAL’d and cannabis expert. LOCAL’d is a helping hand to the companies that strengthen your community in the Washington, DC area. Helping them to grow through financial and promotional support, LOCAL’d is a Washington, DC weed delivery service.