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Terpenes 101: How Flavor Effects Your High


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    Origins Editor Team

    Try Super Lemon Haze or Gold Lemon Cake with a squeeze of citrus in your next Seattle cannabis delivery

    You’ve probably noticed that different cannabis strains have different smells and flavors. That’s because of chemical compounds called terpenes. These tasty terpenes make each strain smell unique but are also responsible for determining the mental and physical effects of the high.

    Playing with terpenes can open up the world of cannabis beyond just the buzz. So, let’s dig in and find out more about the types of terpenes you can get through a Seattle cannabis delivery.

    What Are Cannabis Terpenes?

    Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds found in plants, including cannabis. Weed terpenes are like the essential oils of a plant, as they are responsible for all the aromas and flavors we know and love in our favorite strains.

    But terpenes don’t just exist in cannabis. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices all contain these flavorful compounds as well.

    For example, the limonene terpene giving lemons their citrusy scent is the same chemical responsible for the lemony-aroma of Regulator Gold Lemon Cake or Kai’Dro’s Super Lemon Haze.

    How Terpenes Affect Your High

    You may have noticed that some strains trigger creativity, while others cause sedation. A puff from one joint may inspire you to clean your house, while another locks you on the couch.

    A lot of this experience has to do with the ratio of CBD to THC, and dose size —but terpenes also have an impact. This is called the Entourage Effect.

    The Entourage Effect is when compounds like terpenes play into the cannabis experience. They don’t have a psychoactive effect on their own but contribute to the overall effects.

    Terpenes improve the benefits of THC and CBD. In addition, certain terpenes can enhance the psychoactive effects, reduce anxiety, and boost energy.

    5 Tasty Cannabis Terpenes

    As we mentioned before, there are hundreds of terpenes in cannabis. Here are five of the most common ones that you can find in Origins products.

    1. Myrcene

    Myrcene is the most common type of terpene found in cannabis. It creates an earthy and musky smell that is almost incense-like. It lowers the resistance to the blood-brain barrier and helps THC take effect faster.

    The presence of myrcene is also why stoners have long eaten mangos to prolong the high. Mangos contain a large amount of myrcene, so rumor has it they make the buzz better. High doses of myrcene can create a relaxing and sedative, or “couch-like,” effect.

    If you’re looking for a good myrcene-heavy flower, check outSparket Forbidden Fruit.

    2. Caryophyllene

    Caryophyllene is the second most common terpene. You can expect a spicy, woody aroma. This terpene is also found in clove, cinnamon, and black pepper.

    Strains that contain a lot of caryophyllene are very therapeutic. They are often used to de-stress and to combat anxiety and depression.

    Girl Scout Cookies is one of the best strains with this terpene profile. Expect a sweet, relaxing high.

    3. Limonene

    As explained, limonene is the same terpene found in lemons and other citrus fruits. It’s best absorbed through inhalation and can also help the body absorb other terpenes.

    Limonene can uplift your mood, making it a popular cannabis strain. And it can boost your energy.

    Try our Sparket Lemon Cookies for a mood-enhancing experience.

    4. Pinene

    Pinene is the terpene that creates the piney smell of cannabis and is also found in pine needles and herbs like basil and rosemary.

    Pinene is traditionally used to treat physical pain and anxiety. Cannabis strains that contain pinene tend to have a euphoric, uplifting effect.

    If you’re looking for a strain with pinene, then check out our Arcadia Gummies.

    5. Linalool

    Linalool is found in lavender and gives cannabis a floral scent. It’s also a common ingredient found in essential oils and is used in cannabis for its relaxing and sedating effect. Strains with linalool are often used to help with sleep and anxiety.

    If you’re looking for a good night of sleep, check out Treacle Organics Sour Apply Syrup.

    Consider Terpenes in Your Next Seattle Cannabis Delivery

    If you’re looking for cannabis delivery in the Seattle area, think about the terpenes when you’re ordering. Whether you’re looking for a good night’s sleep or want to feel less anxious, cannabis terpenes can help you find the nuanced and subtle effects you want.

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