If you’ve been consuming a lot of cannabis, you would notice that each new strain contains a different flavor and smell within the product. Some flowers give off a pungent aroma while others taste similar to a grapefruit. You’ve probably had a joint containing Lemon Skunk and noticed the jolts of energy rushing up and down your body. With more strains being discovered every year, new flowers are popping up in dispensaries for customers to try out.
This is actually not a coincidence – some cannabis strains actually DO smell/taste like a grapefruit. With that being the case, does this affect cannabis’s usability as a healing product? If yes, then how so? Is there a simpler way to browse through over hundreds of cannabis strains to choose from?
To start off this interesting point, I’d like to say this right now – this post will NOT get complicated! You don’t have to become a world-class cannabis connoisseur to understand the workings of terpenes within cannabis. This is will be getting down to the basics, not be a lesson in Advanced Cannabis Chemistry III.
Back to the questions — these myriads of flavors definitely affect cannabis’s usability. Each strain’s effect will be based on its terpene content. Remember my post back in April when we took a tour of the terpenes found within cannabis? If you haven’t, then you’ll probably want to start the journey here.
Various terpenes (Caryophyllene, Limonene, Linalool) contain differentiated effects. Limonene provides a mood-elevating effect while Myrcene has a sedating effect that will have you glued to the couch. Not only are these terpenes featured within cannabis strains, but they are also found in other edible items.
Here’s a perfect example of terpene flavors overlapping among various edibles. Let’s suppose we have an orange in the morning. We either drink orange juice or eat an orange with our meal. Consuming oranges has a lot of amazing health benefits, with one of them being that it gives us lots of energy in the morning. Ever wonder why soccer moms/dads packed oranges for the team each game? Eating those orange slices is PERFECT for that jolt to start running around the soccer field.
Now let’s move on to our strain of California Orange. California Orange is a 50/50 indica/sativa hybrid strain that produces a sweet citrus aroma. Consuming some California Orange will produce an upbeat, clear-headed effect that will leave you energized for the day. It’s the citrus, orange aroma from the terpene profile that will induce the energizing effects of the California Orange. Other than loading your body up with some THC, you’re also ingesting some healthy terpenes that come with amazing benefits.
Just like the orange juice you have in the morning, California Orange will produce the same energizing effects. The same goes for other strains and their various terpenes. Vanilla Kush has some sedating effects because of its vanilla-like taste.
If you’re ever confused about what cannabis strain is right for you, then think about what edible items produce similar effects. Drinking coffee will keep you going and focused, so a strain with a coffee flavor would be right for you (like Chocolate Thai or LA Chocolat!). Most berries will leave you relaxed, so consuming Blueberry Kush or Grape OX would be good for the night. Your search for the right cannabis strain is based on the right terpene profile that is in other edible items (see how simple this can be?).
So that’s the ‘cheat sheet’ of discovering the right cannabis strains for you. Lemon-scented strains will keep you energized while scents of grape will leave you glued to the couch for a while. Just remember what terpenes are good for a certain situation and you are just one step closer to finding the right cannabis for you.
That’s all for today. Hope you enjoyed this simplified process of discovering the right cannabis strains!