Terpenes are what provide cannabis it’s own specific smell, taste and effect. Without the array of terpenes found in each individual cannabis strain, they would almost all smell, taste, and make you feel the same.
It is the combination of these terpenes that provide the wide assortment of possible therapies from one plant. One could say terpenes are the catalyst to your therapy.
There are over 30,000 terpenes in nature and many of these can be found in numerous plants. This is due to the fact that terpenes are not specific to one species of plant. Whether these oils are found in lavender, oranges, pine, hops, or cannabis it makes almost no difference. They are all biologically the same and have the same precise effect despite the plant source. Terpenes, in their simplest definition, are aromatic oils that provide a unique taste and smell characteristics throughout the botanical world.
That’s right, these are not unique to cannabis. All plants, herbs, and fruits have unique terpene profiles that create the differences in taste and smell. Over 200 different terpenes have been discovered and they’re considered safe to consume by the FDA.
There are 12 important Terpenes most commonly found in Cannabis
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The difference between artificial flavoring and True Strain Specific Terpenes Profiles
First off there is no Cotton Candy Terpene. Those are artificial food grade flavors and when they say it’s a “proprietary blend of terpenes” they are just mixing in 2 or 3 major terpenes such as Pinene and Limonene to imitate the effects of a Sativa or Myrcene, Linalool, and Nerolidol to imitate the Indica strain.
When using these types of blends you are depriving yourself of the true therapeutic effects you could be receiving from that profile.
All of our profiles are Strain Specific and we have carefully hand-selected every last one from master growers and cannabis cups across the United States. Every profile is unique to the flower it came from and the methods they used to grow it. That being said there are anywhere from 7 – 40 terpenes in every profile and every last one of those terpenes has different therapeutic and psychoactive effects on the brain.
We are capable of breaking down each profile using precise formula. From there we create mirror image replicas of the original cannabis terpene profile they were sourced from using natural organic kosher steam distilled terpenes.
One should think about natural and synthetic terpenes as you would organic vs. non-organic. Or like using actual natural orange vs. orange flavoring. Natural terpenes are extracted straight from the source like plants and whole food, but ultimately it depends on the plant’s makeup and chemical properties. Synthetic terpenes, on the other hand, are produced in a lab by chemical manipulation and blending. Basically, you are designing your perfect terpene profile and knowing a strains terpene potency to an exact, but isn’t the most natural way to do it. Extractors can do this a number of ways. Dilution, re-distilling, and reconstruction are the most common methods.