The unsung hero of cannabis.
THC is the reason for many of the effects associated with cannabis, but, to the surprise of consumers, this well-known cannabinoid isn’t the only thing responsible for what you feel.
It’s time to move beyond indica and sativa.
There’s a better way to understand how a strain will impact you—enter terpenes.
Terpenes are all around us. They are found not only within cannabis, but also in a variety of other plants, and even a handful of insects. In the plant world, terpenes offer protection by producing strong flavors and odors that repel herbivores while attracting their predators. Terpenes are the primary components of the essential oils found in most medicinal plants and flowers, including cannabis.
While indica and sativa make classification easy, the terpene profile of a strain is a better indicator of the effects you’ll feel after consumption. Think of it this way—sativa’s are known to have a citrus-like scent, while indica’s are associated with smells like pine, clove, and hops—hops is found in beer and beer makes you sleepy. Are you catching on yet? If your strain has a hoppy odor, like beer, it’s got myrcene, and as a result, you’ll feel sleepy after consumption. Conversely, sativa’s typically have the terpene limonene and give consumers the energizing sensation familiar to these strains.
Unsurprisingly, hybrids fall in the middle and have a mixture of terpenes to account for the vast array of possible effects.