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What sweet mystery gives cannabis its character? Put simply, the answer is terpenes.
Secreted in the cannabis flower’s resin glands, terpenes are the fragrant oils that give individual strains their distinctive aroma and flavour. In the wild, terpenes developed as a natural way for certain plants – not just cannabis, but also hops, citrus and conifer trees, ylang-ylang, lemongrass and thyme – to repel pests and predators or attract pollinators. They’re nature’s biochemical communicators, and they’re an eloquent cohort. Shop Our Strains Here
Because of the myriad ways in which terpenes can act on our neurotransmitters via the endocannabinoid system, they are now widely studied for their potential mental and physical benefits in humans – meaning the discerning dried flower enthusiast can look beyond just the potency of THC and CBD when selecting a strain.
A cheering phenomenon is the entourage effect, whereby terpenes work together with cannabinoids to formulate a strain’s flavour and the resulting high. Terpenes are highly evocative and, when absorbed via inhalation use, each has the ability to transport the user to a singular place of sanctuary and discovery – the characteristics of which are profiled verbally and visually here for your reference and delectation.
This spicy terpene supplies a warmth to the nose that’s reminiscent of cloves and cinnamon.
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When life gives you limonene, count yourself lucky indeed. Strains that are high in this terpene are suffused with a vibrant citrusy brightness.
Lush for life
Identifiable by its lemongrass notes, myrcene is luxuriant yet grounding. Find it in mangoes, thyme and even hops.
With notes of pine, rosemary and sage, pinene is a bronchodilating terpene, which certain studies have shown to promote ease of breathing. Its mood is clean, fresh and invigorating, radiating freshness and vitality. As the author John Muir put it, “between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”
Ready to explore the world of terpenes? Take the plunge with our selection of dried flower, available in our full range of intents.