Terpenes play a significant role in the flavor and aroma of cannabis strains. They are believed to work in partnership with cannabinoids and other cannabis plant compounds to create different effects. So far, more than 400 terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant. However research into the distinctive properties of terpenes is limited. Along with cannabinoids and terpenes, a number of factors contribute to each person’s experience with a particular strain. Each person is unique. Everything from metabolism, past experience, health and personal preference dictates which products best achieve the individual’s goals. For consumers, a visit to the dispensary opens up a wide range of possibilities.
There are a variety of consumption methods to choose from. While smoking flower or vaping provides a quick onset of effects, edibles take longer to be fully felt. The percentages of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD make a big difference. It’s also important to be aware of the terpene profile. Consumers are advised to read the label before purchasing a product. Along with the category, such as sativa, indica or hybrid, and potency of cannabinoids, most brands include the terpene content and concentrations of the product. Because terpene concentration tends to diminish over time, it’s best to look for products with a recent package date. Flower freshness can be determined by smelling it.
A pungent aroma indicates a high terpene level. Oil-based vape cartridges can sometimes include synthetic terpenes. There is not enough research to determine whether synthetic terpenes are less beneficial, but they aren’t a natural occurring product. There is evidence that high heat can degrade synthetic terpenes. Dabbing cannabis oil with added synthetic terpenes could result in potentially harmful byproducts. As consumers try out different brands, strains, categories, cannabinoid content and terpene profiles, it’s a good idea to make a note of the effects. A better understanding of the potency and types of products that produce a favorable experience leads to greater enjoyment, satisfaction and overall rewards.