As the cannabis industry evolves, so does the science behind it. Cannabis cultivators are discovering new information behind mary jane and consumers are finally starting to realize there is a lot more to weed than just a high THC content. These days, our team cares more about a strong ‘terpene profile’ than most other percentages.
Not familiar with terpenes? Thats ok. They’re still new to most of us veteran smokers too.
Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give cannabis it’s aromatic diversity.
Have you ever smoked and tasted distinctive flavors like citrus, berry, mint or pine? Those flavors came from terpenes!
Located in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes are the oils that bring cannabis to life. Take a look at Leafly’s terpene diagram and you can see each flavor category along with many of the strains that fall in line with each type of terpene profile.
Thanks to certain farmer’s expertise, cannabis can be noticeably better from one producer to the next, and often times it has little to do with overall THC.
A higher terpene percentage will typically enhance the overall effects of THC. This means that the next time you’re looking to get the most potent buds, we suggest asking your budtender about the terpene profile and really taking that into consideration.
Stay tuned for our follow up post on the most common terpenes where we will also share details on our favorite terp-heavy companies in Washington State!