Just when you think you’ve got cannabis all figured out, we’d now like to add terpenes to your knowledge base. If you don’t know much about terpenes yet – you’re about to find out.
Simply put, terpenes are compounds that give plant-life their wonderful and unique aromas. Cannabis plants, in particular, are well known for having intense and pleasant smells. That, our friend, you can thank terpenes for.
So far, researchers have found over 200 terpenes in cannabis. Some of the most common have citrusy, floral, piney, fruity, woody, minty, or spicy aromas. For instance, the terpene ‘pinene’ is the reason pine trees have the aroma they do. And limonene, a popular terpene in oranges and limes, give them their citrusy smells. The terpenes we find in our everyday foods and herbs, and in the flowers and plants in our homes, share the same terpenes in cannabis. Pretty neat stuff.
Also, each cannabis strain has its own terpene profile, which tells you the percentage of each terpene in the strain. Reading the terpene profile can help you decide if the strain appeals to your senses or not. Besides providing fragrant smells, cannabis terpenes have the potential to produce various therapeutic benefits in the mind and body.
For instance, some people claim that cannabis terpenes provide stress-relief and relaxation, while other terpenes may promote focus and clarity. Interesting to say the least.
What are terpenes and terpenoids: the differences explained
Both terpenes and terpenoids are derived from plants. They’re the reason why cannabis strains have powerful and divine smells. So far they sound pretty identical, right? But, there’s a slight difference between terpenes vs terpenoids. It comes down to their molecular structure.
Terpenes are made up of carbon and hydrogen molecules.
Whereas, terpenoids are made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules.
Essentially, terpenoids are the oxygenated form of terpenes.
Still with us? Alright good, let’s take a look at some of the most common and well-known cannabis terpenes and terpenoids.
List of terpenes and terpenoids in cannabis
This list of common cannabis terpenes and terpenoids not only give you the names of popular terpenes, but what aromas they possess, their potential effects, and where else in nature you can find them.
Other popular cannabis terpenes include:
How long do terpenes last?
Cannabis terpenes are volatile compounds, which means they should be treated with care to maintain their lovely aromas (read more about cannabis storage here). For example, terpenes begin to evaporate at around 70 degrees, so storing your cannabis buds properly can give them a longer life.
When stored properly, the terpenes in cannabis strains can retain their aromatic and reported therapeutic effects for six to 12 months. If you buy well-cured cannabis that was organically grown and cultivated, the terpene shelf life increases.
Using a glass jar with an airtight lid, rather than a plastic jar, is the best way to store your cannabis buds. Glass is a much more stable and durable material compared to plastic. Specifically, plastic is porous which allows terpenes to more easily escape. This won’t happen as fast with a glass container. Finally, it’s important to keep your glass container away from moisture, direct sunlight, and artificial light.
For your convenience, our Simply Bare flower arrives at your home in a tightly sealed, opaque and recyclable glass jar. This jar locks in and preserves the freshness and flavour of our BC bud.
Which terpenes are in Simply Bare strains?
So glad you asked! Our Simply Bare cultivars are lovingly produced and organic certified. We use traditional agricultural methods; our plants grow under the sun, never get sprayed with artificial pesticides, and they hang dry for 14 days. This process helps the plants express themselves naturally and produces exceptional terpene profiles.
Here are the terpene profiles of our Simply Bare strains:
Blue Dream Strain: Sativa-dominant hybrid
Terpene Profile: Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Ocimene, and Humulene
Creek Congo Strain: Sativa-dominant hybrid
Terpene Profile: Nerolidol, Caryophyllene, Myrcene, and Terpinolene
We hope you’ve enjoyed this crash course in terpenes and terpenoids. You’re essentially one step closer to becoming a cannabis connoisseur. As the very least, we hope you have some fun making note of the aromas you notice, in everything from your favourite meals, to cologne, and body soap. Hey, it’s something to do until your extra pungent package is delivered to you.
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