One of the first details identifying cannabis is its aroma. No matter if it’s fruity, floral, earthy, fuel, sweet, or skunky – there’s a chemical compound (or hundreds) responsible for the aroma. This compound is a terpene – a chemical hydrocarbon compound found in the essential oils of plants and natural substances, including conifer trees, citrus, and hops.
Aside from the incredible smells and flavorful aromas that a bouquet of terpenes can produce in cannabis, they also orchestrate therapeutic benefits and influences on our bodies when consumed.
In today’s commercial cannabis, there are some notable major terpenes that are commonly found in cultivars. In this blog, we’re breaking down two of them – myrcene & limonene – and identifying which of our Lazy River cultivars have these as dominant terpenes in their flavor profile.
Regarding terpenes in cannabis, myrcene is one of the more commonly found compounds. On average, this terpene represents over 20% of the terpene profile in modern commercial cultivars – and is one of the top 3 most common terpenes you’ll find in our Lazy River cultivars.
The terpene myrcene makes up an aromatic profile that is earthy, herbaceous and resembles cloves. A balanced combination of mild sweetness and musky spice, myrcene is a dominant terpene in mangoes, lemongrass, verbena, and even hops (which, in fact, shares the same plant family as cannabis).
Studies around this terpene have shown its therapeutic benefits include reducing inflammation or chronic pain and acting as an analgesic and mild sedative.
Higher quantities of myrcene in cannabis are likely to induce stronger sedative effects, what some may call “couch-locked.” In contrast, others have found smaller amounts of myrcene to produce a boosting, energetic high.
This is probably why you’ll find myrcene as a common terpene in profiles of cannabis flower you’ll come across at dispensaries – no matter if it’s considered sativa, indica, or hybrid.
Lazy River’s top myrcene dominant cultivars include:
Another abundant terpene found in cannabis, limonene, simply resembles the citrusy zest of lemons.
Limes, lemons, grapefruit, and oranges all contain high levels of limonene, which is known for its strong and sweet scent. Aside from cannabis, this terpene is an essential oil used in cosmetics and cleaning products.
Considering its role in cannabis, there are multiple therapeutic benefits of this terpene. As a stress-reducing, mood-enhancing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial terpene – it’s safe to say this compound is sought by many.
Here are the popular LRP cultivars that contain this bright terpene:
Defining Terpenes with Lazy River Products
Although terpenes aren’t unique to cannabis, they are what makes cannabis extremely unique. Cannabis contains over 150 terpenes. Each and every cultivar and varietal of cannabis grown holds its own unique profile of aromatic terpenes.
At Lazy River Products, we strive to cultivate cannabis that will bring out the true, rich essence and terpene profile in each of our hand-selected cultivars.
Stay tuned for Part Two of this blog, where we identify two other major terpenes commonly found in cannabis: beta-caryophyllene and terpinolene.
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