You know how you love the smell of your favorite strains of cannabis flower? The strains you go to time and time again? As it turns out, your nose may be telling you something!

 Recent scientific studies indicate that while the effects of different strains of marijuana – whether Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid – certainly have to do with the types and levels of cannabinoids they contain, there’s more to gauging marijuana’s effects than cannabinoids alone can predict. And some of it could be meeting you right in the nose!

Newly accessible lab studies are showing that terpenes – the compounds primarily responsible for producing the unique aromas that all plants have – are actually better predictors of the effect of your favorite cannabis strains than what strain or classification your favorites fall into. And further, that each plant’s terpenes produce consistent effects for those who consume it.

So when the fragrance of a particular cannabis strain energizes you, or relaxes you, or makes you feel happy, you can bet that strains’ type and level of terpenes is at least partly responsible for causing your reaction to it. Because when you smell cannabis bud or flower, what you are primarily smelling is that plant’s unique blend of terpenes.

How do you know what type of terpenes are in your favorite strains? Lab results are the best way to say for sure. But unfortunately, not all growers and processors are testing for terpenes yet.

So for now, the best indicator may be as plain as the nose on your face.

If you want to learn more about the science behind cannabis terpenes, what types of fragrances and effects each type of terpene produces, and how to better recognize the terpenes you want when you smell marijuana flower, don’t hesitate to give us a call and talk with one of our Patient Advisors! We’re open Monday through Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm, for Curbside Pickup or FREE DELIVERY!

Even better, once the State restrictions are lifted, plan on stopping in and letting one of our expert Patient Advisors take you and your nose on a terpenes tour! That way, you’ll learn first hand how to sniff out the differences, and be better able to identify the type of terpenes you’re looking for in your cannabis flower! 

Flower with citrus or fruity terpenes, such as terpinolene and limonene, may work best in recipes like this one!

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