Californians rejoiced after the approval of Proposition 64, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. But what does that mean for the average cannabis consumer? It means the glory days of cannabis connoisseurship have arrived and without a moment to spare. With cannabis concentrates gaining acceptance within the cannabis community and cannabis vaporizers evolving to the point where terpene release is more of an art than a science, more and more people are discovering the great flavors locked within their cannabis. These people are becoming, in effect, terpene connoisseurs.
To be a Terpene Connoisseur you need a vaporizer, sorry, there’s no way of getting around this. A vaporizer will allow you to truly taste the terpenes in your cannabis. Other methods of ingesting cannabis like hitting a blunt or a bong, burn the weed, plant matter and all. A good amount of the terps are burned away and the flavors are lost forever. Vaporizers, especially concentrate vaporizers are the best way to really appreciate cannabis terpenes. Now when it comes to vaporizers, there are three general categories: flower vaporizers, wax concentrate vaporizers, and oil vaporizers. For me, concentrates are the best way to really appreciate terpenes. I feel they provide the best and truest terpene taste while minimizing the taste of vaporized plant matter. That’s not to throw shade on flower vaporizers, I like them too. To each his own. In my experience, there is currently one vaporizer company that takes terpene connoisseurship seriously and that’s Linx Vapor. I use my Linx Ares for concentrates and my Linx Gaia for flower. Both vaporizers provide top quality flavor and quality construction. Every terpene connoisseur should add Linx vaporizers to their collection.
When exploring the world of terpenes, you will undoubtedly find that there are seven distinct terps that come up most often: Myrcene, Limonene, Alpha-Pinene, Eucalyptol, Linalool and Caryophyllene. These seven terpenes comprise just a handful of the hundreds of terpenes found in cannabis. The joy of becoming a terpene connoisseur is discovering the different nuanced flavors and effects found in each cannabis strain.
Myrcene hits you with an herbal, citrus, earthy aroma and is also found in mango, thyme, lemongrass and cloves. Relieving muscle tension, reducing pain and relaxation are effects known to be associated with Myrcene. This terpene has a boiling point of 344°F and can be found in strains such as Blue Dream, Granddaddy Purple and Northern Lights.
Limonene entices the senses with more of an orange, lemon aroma. This terpene is found in citrus rinds, juniper, and peppermint. Known effects include Anti anxiety, anti-depression and gastric re flux. This terpene has a boiling point of 349°F and can be found in strains such as OG Kush, Train Wreck, Sour Diesel, and Super Lemon Haze.
Alpha-Pinene cuts through with a sharp, sweet, pine aroma. Pinene is found in pine needles, conifers and sage. Memory retention and alertness are some of the benefits associated with this terpene. Alpha-Pinene has a boiling point of 311°F and can be found in strains like OG Kush, Romulan and Jack Herer.
Eucalyptol has a fresh mint smell and a distinctive spicy scent. This terpene is found in camphor laurel, bay leaves, tea tree, mug wort, sweet basil, wormwood, rosemary, and common sage. Eucalyptol aids in antibacterial, anti fungal and anti-inflammatory treatments. Furthermore, Eucalyptol is an anti-proliferative meaning it helps inhibit cancer cell growth. Eucalyptol has a boiling point of 349°F and can be found in strains like Super Silver Haze.
Linalool has an inviting citrus, spice and floral bouquet. This terpene can also be found in rosewood, citrus, lavender, laurel, and birch. Stress relief, insomnia, depression, anxiety, pain and convulsions are some of the ailments that Linalool can aid in. Linalool has a boiling point of 388°F and can be found in strains such as Lavender, Skywalker OG, Pink Kush and Ingrid.
Caryophyllene has distinct aromas of wood, spice and pepper. Also found in cloves, pepper, hops, basil, and oregano, Caryophyllene is the terpene associated with that true cannabis sent. This terpene has been known to treat inflammation, muscle spasms, insomnia, and pain. With a boiling point of 320°F, Caryophyllene can be found in strains like Girl Scout Cookies, White Widow, OG Kush and Bubba Kush.
With more and more states legalizing cannabis consumption, Terpene Connoisseurship is on the rise. You now know the basics of what to look for and which devices to use. Venture forth and discover the wonderful world of terpenes.
Written by: Edward Ridgill
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Up until now, Cannabis has taken a beating. Racist agendas and competing interests worked in tandem to vilify Cannabis. Unfortunately, this trend will continue well into the next century until the public opens its eyes to the benefits of Cannabis and begins to enact change on the state level.