by Edward Ridgill
What are terpenes anyway?
There has been a lot of talk about terpenes these days. But what are terpenes and what do they do?
Terpenes are organic compounds produced by plants. These organic compounds are made to protect the plants from sunlight. These terpenes also attract the predators of harmful herbivores, acting as another method of protection. In cannabis, terpenes are produced in the trichomes (crystal structures on the buds) of the plant. These trichomes also produce THC, the chemical that causes the psychoactive effect that gets you high. Terpenes are what produce the smell associated with popular cannabis strains like Sour Diesel and Super Lemon Haze. The recent discovery of terpenes has added to the growing connoisseurship of cannabis and promises to become the new frontier for growers and consumers alike.
Now that we have discussed what terpenes are, let's discuss the different types of flavorful terpenes in cannabis and what they do. There are over 100 different types of terpenes that have been found in cannabis, but for our purposes, we will discuss the 6 most common.
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Limonene is found in strains like Super Lemon Haze and imparts a lemon, orange or citrus taste. Limonene has been used clinically to dissolve gallstones, relive heart burn, relive gastrointestinal reflux and improve mood.
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Humulene is found in strains like OG Kush and imparts an earthy, woody taste. Humulene is used as a pain reliever and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Known effects include appetite suppression.
Now that we have gone through some of the basics of terpenes (what they are, what they do and the different types), it's now up to you to decide which strain works best for you. We here at Linx Vapor believe that the best way to taste these terpenes is through low temperature vaporization of wax concentrates. Although buds can be very aromatic, the ignition of plant matter work to contaminate the true terpene flavor. Try for yourself and let us know your favorite wax strain. Stay tuned for a informative article on indicators of high quality wax concentrates.
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