What is it about the pungency of cannabis that immediately draws us all in? Whether we like the smell or not, it’s the first thing we all notice! The attracting aroamas and palate stimulating flavors experienced upon consumption of cannabis are all thanks to terpenes. Understanding what they are and what they do is vital in identifying strains and producing desired results from cannabis usage.
Terpenes are the flavor compounds typically found inside cannabis trichomes(crystal-like hairs), creating unique aromatic compounds for every strain. Similar to other strong smelling flowers and plants, terpene development in cannabis commenced with the intention of warding off predators and attracting pollinators. Cannabis plants contain highly concentrated terpene profiles, painting them with varieties of distinctive flavors like pine, citrus, lavender, and mint. For instance, Crop King Seeds’ Train Wreck Autoflower is a compact yet high-yielding plant that produces dense and resinous buds smelling of citrus. It is possible to influence the development of terpenes in plants by cultivating an environment with proper climate. Some factors to consider are weather, soil, fertilizer, light-exposure and timing.
Terpenes may also play a large role in the differentiating effects of each cannabis strain. Terpinolene, for example, is most commonly found in sativa strains that promote activity and high spirits like Sour Diesel. While Myrcene, one of the most prominent terpenes in cannabis, carries an earthy aroma and suggests a stress relieving effect.
It is said that terpenes work together in conjunction with cannabinoids to potentially treat an abundance of mental as well as physical afflictions. Cannabis analysis labs are now testing terpene contents so that we may have increased knowledge of what effects each strain could potentially produce. They’re typically explained in simple terms when specific strains are explained so be sure you’re looking out for the different varieties and what they have to offer so you can choose the right strain for you! Head over to rocketseeds.com to discover a variety of seed banks and information on strain specifications.