What's That Smell? Terpenes

What's that smell?

This is the most common response upon smelling Cannabis derived terpenes. What are terpenes you may ask, also called terpenoids constitute the largest and diverse group of naturally occurring aromatic compounds produced primarily plants. The taste and smell of fruit and flowers are dependent upon the terpene concentration found in individual plant species. For example that tart citrus smell from lemons, limes and oranges among many is due to limonene.  Another terpene commonly found in cannabis is myrcene, which is also found in mangos. Cannabis stands out among the plant kingdom in that it can include any of 400 known terpenes to be found naturally in the plant. The combinations of terpenes that are found in each cannabis strain are what give it a distinct smell and taste that cannot be reproduced adequately outside the plant.  

One of the main reasons plants produce terpenes is that help defend plants against predators, pathogens and competitors. To be able to obtain the smell and taste of cannabis, chemist discovered that the terpenes can be extracted from flower and isolated from cannabinoids. This allows the consumer to reproduce the experience of their favorite cannabis strains with the cannabinoids of their choice. The cannabinoid marketplace is filled with vendors selling terpene blends, but there are a variety of terpene products and there is a dramatic difference between them. This involves two types of products, one called CDT (Cannabis Derived Terpenes) is extracted from hemp/cannabis plants and the other type BDT (Botanical Derived Terpenes) involves blending isolated terpenes from other plant species such as hops to try and mimic well known cannabis strain terpene profiles. BDT blends never seem to be able to really mimic the original strain especially the funkier cannabis smells and BDT’s often are noted as being extremely harsh when vaporizing.  CDT’s on the other hand often will be a true representation to the original strain, recreating the experience of the originally strain and are noted as having much less harshness when vaporizing.

Do terpenes offer more than recreating the taste and smell of your favorite claim?

There is some evidence that this may be the case.  Some terpenes on their own have proven to show activity at endocannabinoid receptors, one example beta-caryophyllene, a very common terpene found in cannabis.  Beta-caryophyllene has been found to treat depression by acting as a CB2 receptor agonist.  Humulene another common terpene found in cannabis and hops, has been found to be important tools for the management and/or treatment of inflammatory diseases. The investigation into the possible medical benefits of terpenes is by no means comprehensive and new research is constantly being published.  Upon investigation you will also find that most terpenes have anti-viral or anti-bacterial properties, as this is a reason plants produce them in the first place. It is best practice to check C.O.A. test results for each terpene to find the specific terpenes found in that strain if you are looking for terpenes by their specific benefits or the flavor experience that combination may provide.  

Cannabis has been domesticated and spread across the planet in the past 10,000 years. This process has produced a complex and unique terpene blends each cannabis strain represents. There are approximately 400 known terpenes found in cannabis, many of these may be included in a certain strain. Research has shown that a strain may have anywhere from 20-50 different terpenes included. Although many of these terpenes are very small percentage-wise, these minor terpenes can only be found directly from the plant in CDT’s. Many if not most of the vendors who sell terpenes sell BDTs in which they are extracted from plants other than cannabis. Cannabis derived terpenes like those offered at Vivimu.com are superior in every measure against BDT’s.

Vivimu is again setting the standard in the cannabinoid marketplace by offering real Cannabis derived terpenes for the first time. These are authentic terpenes extracted from some favorite cannabis strains, offering the full-spectrum of terpenes only cannabis can provide. Vivimu has a wide range of strains that sure to match everyone’s palate. One example is San Fernando Valley OG (SFV OG), a classic old school strain with a profile described as aromatic notes of earthy pine and lemon. Another favorite strain Vivimu now has offered is Runtz.  It is loved for it’s incredibly candy fruity flavor profile.  If you prefer an indicant dominant strain type Vivimu has Sunset Sherbet available. Its flavor profile is described as being sweet and dessert-like with notes of skunky citrus, sweet berry, and candy.  

One of the most important decisions in purchasing terpenes is where can I purchase terpenes that are safe, effective and at a fair price? When considering possible vendors for purchasing terpenes it is very important to read where the terpenes originated.  If they are CDT’s, the description will clearly state that terpenes are extracted from cannabis like Vivimu.com. While CDTs are often more costly than BDTs, the price difference is always worth it. Vendors who sell BDTs will often not clearly state where the terpenes originated from. Try to avoid vendors known for questionable products and give misleading information in products description. Once you have narrowed down to your favorite strains always ensure there is a 3rd party C.O.A. or lab results available. These reports will give you all the information needed to make a fair assessment on the quality of the product. For all terpenes you want to ensure it contains less than 0.03% D9 THC and ensure that solvents and heavy metals were tested for in the test results with none detected.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that CDTs can bring an authentic cannabis experience with the robust full spectrum taste that can only come from real cannabis. Due to the cost of extracting terpenes, they cost more than BDTs but any experienced user knows CDT is the only way to fully enjoy your own mixes. CDTs are known to be smooth causing no irritation on mucous membranes when vaporized. Anyone who handles terpenes in concentrated form needs to very careful and insure you familiarize yourself with safety precautions when handling terpenes.  NEVER use terpenes in any manner in their concentrated form. Use is intended to be anywhere from 1-5% of any product, with 5% being the most commonly used percentage. CDTs can offer more than the flavor and experience with many terpenes offering additional medical benefits. Get your favorite cannabis strain terpenes while they last at Vivimu, once a strain is sold out there is no guarantee it will be restocked.

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