The way I like to describe terpenes are as naturally occurring compounds in all our favorite things. For example, when you think of lavender, you generally think about its distinct smell and its calming effects. These are common thoughts and universal thoughts as well. However, would you be surprised if I told you that these smells and effects come from terpenes? Terpenes give plants their odor, taste, and overall effect. While you are enjoying your cannabis, terpenes are allowing for your ‘high.’ And once you understand how these weird terpene compounds work, you can better understand how to elevate your high while isolating certain terpenes.
I know, all this terpene talk, and it still doesn’t quite make sense. So, let’s take the terpene called ‘myrcene’ and do a little deep dive. Myrcene is found in mango and plants such as lemongrass and thyme. It is known to be a powerful antioxidant and to be an anti-inflammatory as well.
Different common terpenes and their impact on your body
To see what different common terpenes effects are, check out the list below:
- Beta-caryophyllene. This terpene is commonly found in cloves, rosemary, and hops; this one is great for managing depression and anxiety.
- Beta-pinene. This terpene smells like a pine forest (now you know why some cannabis taste and smells like pine). This is also an excellent anti-depressant and has anti-cancer properties.
- Humulene. This is commonly found in ginseng, a widely used over-the-counter supplement for gaining more energy. Who knew cannabis can give you energy:>
- Limonene. This is probably the most common terpene and has a distinct citrus note, and also is a tremendous anti-cancer supplement. It has also been recently shown to have anti-anxiety properties in mice studies.
- Linalool. Lovers of lavender as aromatherapy may want to seek out cannabis with linalool to help relieve stress.
- Myrcene. Found in mangoes, Myrcene has antifungal and antibacterial properties and have sedating effects.
Understanding the differing effects of the many properties in cannabis will help you get the high you are looking for, whether for recreation or medicinal.
How do Terpenes relate to cannabis?
Okay, so that information is great… but how does this relate to cannabis? If you cross the right strains, you come out with a hybrid with a good amount of Myrcene that naturally occurs. Therefore, some strains make the back pain go away, for example. Other terpenes, such as linalool which are naturally found in lavender, can be found in different strains of cannabis. Therefore certain strains can help with anxiety and or help with insomnia. There are plenty of other terpenes that we could discuss, but the bottom line is, these terpenes play a HUGE part in how your body reacts to cannabis. I had recently discussed in a previous article my favorite strain (Do-Si-Do) and how it had a citrusy taste. Thank you, LIMONENE! (a terpene that gives the rind of fruits such as lemons and oranges their citrusy smell). And citrus is generally known for its antioxidant and antiviral properties.
Science of Cannabinoids
Terpenes can be SUPER sciency, but the good news is that many companies have already done the hard work for us all. We get to sit back, relax, and enjoy our weed. However, there is something cool that one company has done: they have isolated these terpenes and turned them into shots! So, you can drink this shot 20 minutes before you smoke and get an enhanced high thanks to the isolated terpenes. They have many other shots that have other terpenes, which can help you find the effect that you are looking for. These shots do not contain THC or any other cannabinoids. Their INTENSIFY drink is a mango myrcene shot. As you know from above, Myrcene is great antioxidant. You could take this shot alone, but if you mix it with the right strain of cannabis, you will enhance its effects.
The Happiest Hour truly can help elevate your experience as they offer shots that enhance your well-being. And the best part is, you don’t have to partake to enjoy their benefits. Several shots exist, including Intensify, Wake, Mend, Sleep, and Calm. Be sure to check out their Instagram: @thehappiesthour