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Cannabis terpenes are “the new black” of marijuana. Why is that? 

We are trained to believe the higher the THC percentage, the more potent. That isn’t the case when it comes to medical cannabis. For example, the strain “Blue Dream” at percentage THC 14%* vs “Sour Diesel” at THC 27%*… Which would the average patient choose? Most cases the Sour Diesel at the higher THC content. Is that the correct choice, though? Not always… it really comes down to what symptoms you are having and what condition you are treating. 

*Cannabis THC contents vary 

Terpenes are not just found in marijuana, they are simply referred to as the essential oil of all plants. Some common ones you may see are 

  • A- Pinene, also found in pine needles 
  • Linalool, also found in lavender 
  • Beta-Caryophyllene, also found in black pepper 
  • Myrcene, also found in hops 
  • Limonene, also found in citrus 

These terpenes are what give Marijuana the aroma and assist in the effectiveness of this powerful plant. Think of the very moment you unpeel a clementine… The bright citrus aroma bursts as you get ready to enjoy the snack. That citrus smell is Limonene. 

Other examples include; 

A-Pinene promotes alertness, helps with energy, and has antiseptic properties. Linalool is a more sedative, relaxing effect and a known anti-depressant. Beta-Caryophyllene assists in pain relief, anti-inflammation and protects the digestive tract. Myrcene promotes sedative, muscle relaxing and anti-carcinogenic properties. Lastly, Limonene aids in stress relief, elevates mood, and has anti-inflammatory properties. 

When deciding what is right for your condition, consider the terpene profile of the medicine you are purchasing. Depending on what condition you are treating with medical marijuana, different terpenes may be better suited for you. A medicinal product with a high THC percentage is not necessarily the best option for each patient. 

Looking at the previous examples used… 

Blue Dream’s top 3 terpenes 

  • Myrcene, sedative and muscle relaxing 
  • Pinene, promotes alertness 
  • Limonene, assists in stress relief and anti-inflammation 

Blue Dream generally speaking, would be an earthy, herbal, fruity flavor profile assisting in stress, depression and muscle relaxant properties. 

Sour Diesel’s top 3 terpenes 

  • Beta-Caryophyllene, assists in pain relief and anti-inflammation 
  • Limonene, promotes stress relief and anti-inflammation 
  • Myrcene, sedative and muscle relaxing 

Sour Diesel would offer a diesel (hence the name), very pungent and peppery flavor. Sour Diesel aids in mood elevation and daytime energizing attributes. 

Patients with health conditions approved in PA can benefit from a wide range of terpene profiles, depending on the symptoms that need treated. For example, some patients that want to treat high levels of pain could benefit from strains like: ACDC, Sour Diesel or Harlequin. These all have a similar profile that are high in Beta-Caryophyllene, which is known for offering high levels of pain relief. 

Other conditions such as PTSD are often accompanied with high levels of stress that could benefit from strains like: Granddaddy Purple, Amnesia Haze and LA Confidential. These very relaxing strains are often high in the terpene Linalool, which provides you with anxiety relief. 

A patient with cancer often experiences a wide variety of symptoms such as pain, nausea, and weight loss. A patient can relieve most of these symptoms with a wide variety of strains and terpene profiles. Strains high in Myrcene are an ideal choice to use while treating this disease. Strains like: Blackberry Kush, Northern Lights and Bubba Kush can relieve the patient and aid in treating their symptoms. 

These are just a few examples of symptoms that you can use to treat with Terpenes in Cannabis. Next time you are searching for a different strain of medicine, rather than looking only at THC percentage, consider the terpene profile of the strain has to offer.