It’s perhaps the most common question a cannabis consumer gets when they enter a dispensary – do you want a sativa or indica high? One (sativa) is known as the daytime, energetic, heady high and the other (indica) denotes sleep and chill.
But expanding our knowledge beyond these two categories can make for a much more enjoyable – and targeted – cannabis experience. Which is where terpenes, the aromatic compounds in all plants (including cannabis) come in.
Terpenes, or naturally occurring oils, create the fragrant smells and taste in cannabis. Specific terpenes tune the effects of THC and CBD and can determine flavor profile and the intensity and duration of your high.
Terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and are part of the human endocannabinoid system, which is crucial in regulating various functions in the body.
Targeted dosing with specific terpenes in mind can be a game-changer if you’re looking to address a particular issue -- such as anxiety, inflammation, pain or sleep issues.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common terpenes in cannabis.
The most common terpene has anti-inflammatory properties, pain relieving, anti-anxiety and and calming effects. Myrcene can be found in popular strains such as Tropical Orange Bomb, Pineapple Cheesecake, Rolls Choice, Sunset Koffee, Icy Lime Dog, Pink Boost Goddess and Harmony Rose.
The second most common terpene, this one produces uplifting and energizing effects and offers relief from gastrointestinal issues. Find limonene in Pineapple Cheesecake, Slurty3, Horchata, Icy Lime Dog, Sunset Koffee and Harmony Rose.
Floral and woody, this one has sedating effects and has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. Pink Boost Goddess is a good starting point.
Think pine needles. This is a super terpene, producing anti-inflammation, anti-cancer and anti-anxiety properties. Research suggests A Pinene aids with memory and has promising benefits against cognitive degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss. Strains to look for include Rolls Choice, Sunset Koffee, Kush Crasher and Icy Lime Dog.
Next time you’re at Plantshop, ask one of our expert budtenders to guide you to the terpenes that best address the reasons you’re consuming cannabis.