More recent research has found that terpenes boost cannabinoid activity, but high concentrations of terpenes were needed to see this enhancement.
The terpene also appeared to help prevent the breakdown of cartilage cells, slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, and decrease the production of certain inflammatory cells produced by the body. Myrcene could potentially be harnessed to help alleviate anti-inflammatory diseases and their symptoms in the future.
A vast array of terpenes may display antimicrobial activity, or the ability to halt a harmful microorganism in its tracks. Terpenes that may help in killing or stopping the progression of microorganisms include alpha-bisabolol, geraniol, menthol, eucalyptol, and terpinolene.
Nonetheless, growing clinical interest in these aromatic compounds is yielding some fascinating findings. It’s likely that the coming years will see a more sophisticated understanding of terpenes develop, and how they behave both individually and synergistically.
Caryophyllene is the only known terpene found in cannabis that can bind to the CB2 receptor in the endocannabinoid system, which is found in the body’s immune system. Thanks to this unique action, caryophyllene is sometimes also classed as an atypical cannabinoid.
Here’s the lowdown on three terpenes that are the most predominant in cannabis.
Certain terpenes like geraniol, for example, repel insects or herbivores that might be tempted to snack on cannabis. Other terpenes, like terpinolene and linalool, attract insects and other small creatures that can help spread pollen. These aromatic compounds support the plant’s immune system by conveying information about the surrounding environment, protecting plants from stressors and pathogens and helping to trigger immune responses.
DId you know terpenes can be added to all sorts of things (not just for cannabis) to enhance the profile, change it almost completely. We use it in:
Adding terpenes to shatter is a little more complicated. You need to know the total weight of the shatter in order to add the properl 1-2 % terpenes. This is about .02 grams of terp per gram of shatter. If you are new to shatter this might be a little bit tricky because it needs to be done BEFORE the shatter full dries. You could also use the dropper to add a drop or slightly less to the piece of shatter before you vape but that is also going to be tricky to ensure you don’t add too much.
Myrcene: Has a sweet subtle aroma, This ones great to help THC cross the blood brain barrier (which you are not going to want for teens). It’s one of our top picks for pain management and stress.