Terpenes and The Entourage Effect
You enter into a dispensary, excited to peruse the jar-filled dreams of cannabis experiences, checking out the different names, along with the THC/CBD content. Winding around the display cases, you read them off: Gelato 27%THC, Blueberry Badazz OG 24%THC, Sweet Tooth 22%OG, all teasing you to the point of wanting to light up and enjoy the ride of a food-flavored cannabis trip. When it comes down to it, you think that THC is all that matters, but does it?
An inexperienced smoker and grower not too long ago, from a state that is rejecting to the cannabis industry, I did not realize that there was so much more than just THC content to consider when getting the perfect strain, I mean, the only thing that matters is Indica or Sativa because it all tastes the same, right? WRONG! I was introduced to the world of terpenes, aromatic compounds found in plants that are known not only for titillating senses, but also having medicinal properties that can be helpful to several ailments. Smoking weed is not just about getting high and eating Funyuns.
I was introduced to terpenes after doing minimal research on obtaining a Certificate of Analysis for my new cross, Oregon Wine. I knew that it would be part of the test results, along with other well-known results, such as cannabinoids and pesticides testing. When I received the results, I was at a loss to understand exactly what I was looking at on my Certificate of Analysis.
I was amazed at the return results of 14.876 mg/g for total terpenes, as numbers normally test substantially lower in most strains. So what did this mean? It meant that my cross was high in differentiating aromatic scents that enhance the cannabis experience. For example, it tested higher in Caryophyllene (cinnamon), Limonene (orange), and Humulene (hops). Note that terpenes can also provide a variety of other scents though, such as berry, pine, or chamomile.
The healing properties that are associated with terpenes are what make them extra-special in each strain that you choose. Using Oregon Wine once again, for an example, the healing properties of Caryophyllene, Limonene, and Humulene could be evaluated for common use. Caryophyllene is known to provide anti-inflammatory effects, and is normally found in strains such as Original Glue (part of our cross!) and Purple Punch. Limonene is known for providing anxiety and stress relief, usually found in strains like Do-Si-Dos and the ever popular Wedding Cake. Humulene also has anti-inflammatory and pain-relief properties, and can be found in strains like Gelato and Girl Scout Cookies. Here is a chart of the different, but most common flavor profiles and medicinal uses of terpenes.
Last, I can now use terpenes to take into account what is known as The Entourage Effect. The Entourage effect takes place when cannabis compounds work together for a heightened experience. According to some studies, terpenes and cannabanoids work together to enhance not only the experience, but different flavor profiles and healing properties. This is what makes smoking unique to strains.
Wavy Flower Company will be the lead genetics of cannabis that cares about terpenes and taste. It is a small company that loves and appreciates the craft bud, and how terpenes can aid medicinally, while producing moderately higher yield. The future may lead to a very small farm, but genetics are the key to a unique future in the Cannabis Industry.
Our philosophy is simple: terpenes are underdogs to THC, and should be celebrated. We will be known for creating genetics that bring flavor back to the forefront, while aiding in treatment needs for medical issues. In order to reach full potential of terpenes, organically-farmed cannabis is ideal. Yield is equally important for our genetics.
Wavy is ready to work around the clock to make this an actuality in a strong partnership with the best of the best. If you are a commercial grower, ready to partner in this awesome opportunity with the next up-coming breeder, contact Wavy Flower Company for the next winning strain.