What Do They Mean When They Say “Taste Every Terp!”?
It’s been widely proven that cannabis shares many of the healing substances that other medicinal plants have. Things like sulforaphane, which is found in broccoli, is in cannabis, and resveratrol, found in dark berries, is found in marijuana as well. But what makes marijuana so useful of medicine is its ability to treat such a wide variety of conditions. This is in large part to the presence of terpenes. Terpenes are molecules that interact not only within the plant itself but with our bodies as well via the endocannabinoid system.
What is a Terpene?
The aromatics of plants are created by their terpenes. Terpenes give plants their unique smells, and they are the basis of aromatherapy. For instance, citrus has that fresh, lively scent which is from the terpene limonene. Plants also use terpenes to protect themselves in the natural environment. Terpenes are vital in protecting plants from grazing animals, fungus, and insects. As for humans, we need terpenes to maintain good health. Consumers use discreet dab pens and vapes to heat the terpenes at low temperatures to keep their health benefits. Terpenes like pinene are found in pine nuts, caryophyllene is in oregano and peppers, and limonene in lemon zest. It is believed that Americans today are terpene deficient because of the poor standard Amercian Diet.
What makes cannabis unique is the fact that carries over 200 different terpenes, whereas most plants might have one or two, as is the case with lavender and rosemary. This allows an incredible amount of combinations to be formed from cannabis terpenes.
What makes this important to you?
For one, terpenes change the way THC impacts the body and actually increase its potency. If you eat mangoes an hour before using cannabis, chances are you will experience a stronger than conventional THC effect. Secondly, if you are interested in targeting a condition you have with the use of terpenes, you will need to know what terpenes are in the cannabis you have.
Scientists have coined the phrase The Entourage Effect to describe how terpenes and cannabinoids work together to help manage and treat specific diseases. In modern times, people enjoy vaping and dab pens to experience the terpenes found in cannabis. However, It is critical to vape at low temperature to maintain the quality of the terpene.There are at least 400 chemicals in the cannabis plant, and while terpenes aren’t the only factors that determine the effect marijuana will have, they play a huge part. When vaped at low temperature, terpenes maintain their healing qualities and are not broken down like they are when combusted.
Application of the terpenes can be hard to do, and it is a good idea to use an eyedropper. Just a single drop will add a lot of depth to the flavour of your smoke, and you may not be able to taste your flower at all.
So there you have it. You now have a clear idea of why the saying “Taste Every Terp” is so familiar!