The word is out: terpenes are in! But what are the benefits of terpenes and how can you get the most of out of them? Let’s start with the basics:
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are pungent oils produced by a variety of plants, including cannabis. When it comes to cannabis, terpenes give each strain its scent and serve as a blueprint to how a strain may affect you.
Common Terpenes & Their Benefits
There are hundreds of identified terpenes in the cannabis plant, but only a handful are predominantly found in most cannabis flower strains. Let’s take a look at a couple of common terpenes:
Linalool is a terpene found in many flowers and plants such as mint, cinnamon, and rosewood. It is a terpene that emits a floral scent similar to lavender with gentle hints of citrus.
Symptom Relief Much as lavender is notable for its stress-relief qualities, research has found that linalool is especially effective in tapering levels of anxiety and symptoms of depression.
Found in These Cannabis Strains Linalool is found in Rare Darkness and Honey Bananas.
Limonene is the second most common terpene in nature. Other than cannabis, it can be found in peppermint, rosemary, and you guessed it—citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and tangerines! Much as you’d expect, limonene has a distinctly sour, zesty scent.
Symptom Relief If you’re looking for a lift, limonene can give you a hand. Commonly used in aromatherapy, the bright, fruity scent of citrus has been known to revitalize and refresh the mind and body.
Found in These Cannabis Strains Limonene is found in Rare Dream, Alcapulco Gold, and Gorilla Glue.
Reaping the Health Benefits of Terpenes: Proper Storage & Vaporization
Now that you are up to speed with what terpenes are and the health benefits they provide, it is important to know that terpenes are volatile compounds meaning they can easily evaporate from your flower even at normal temperatures. This means that proper storage is key. Always store your cannabis in air-tight containers to keep your flower (and terpenes) fresh.
If terpenes can evaporate at room temperature, we know that when we apply heat to our cannabis flower, we lose even more terpenes and the benefits they offer. The good news is that there is a way to reduce the loss of terpenes through vaporization.
Vaporization is great for maintaining terpene integrity and flavor as vaporizing involves warming the flower to set temperatures instead of quickly burning/combusting the flower. Vaporization allows for temperature adjustments that change or enhance the effects of cannabis. Different temperatures release different terpenes and cannabinoids.
Below is a quick quite to the ideal boiling point which yields the best results and flavor per terpene:
Linalool – 388.4°F (198 °C)
Health Benefits: antidepressant, sedative and immune system potentiator.
D-limonene – 350.6°F (177 °C)
Health Benefits: anti-mutagenic, antidepressant and immune system potentiating properties.
Terpinol – 408.2°F (209 °C)
Health Benefits: anti-bacterial, anxiety and insomnia relief.
Vaporizers Available at Verdes
Vaporizing cannabis flower is a favorite delivery method among the Verdes nursing team. We frequently recommend this method to patients who are seeking immediate symptom relief. Vaporization can be used to quickly and effectively alleviate pain, quell nausea, initiate sleep and relaxation, reduce anxiety, and uplift the mood. Here are a few vaporizers available at Verdes:
Features: pocket-sized with good battery life. Also comes with a water pipe adapter for bubbler or glass water pipes and has full-digital temperature control.
Features: Sleek design with attachable concentrate adapter. This vaporizer has 4 heat settings which are great for maintaining terpene integrity and flavor.
How you set your vaporizer’s temperature will vary depending on which vaporizer you prefer. Take this information with you during your next dispensary visit and find the perfect vaporizer that will preserve those very important terpenes.