Terpenes are becoming the center of conversations around many water coolers in dispensaries and other businesses across the country and globally. With cannabis legalization happening in more places than ever before the science behind the plant is becoming clearer.
Terpenes offer an abundance of value. They also act as antioxidants, they have anti-inflammatory properties, and beyond that they make us feel good. Terpenes aren’t just found in cannabis. Pretty much anything that has a smell has terpenes. Cannabis, however, is one of the wealthiest plants when it comes to these compounds.
Terpenes may be in high concentration but how cannabis plants are cultivated and handled play a crucial role in their overall profile. Here are a few ways that growers can increase terpenes in cannabis.
How to Increase Terpene Content in Cannabis Plants
Quality of Genetics Matter
Increasing these terpenes can be done by growers in several different ways. Starting with good cannabis genetics is vital to get the best terpene profile possible. Obtaining your seeds from a reputable source is the best route to obtain quality, consistent, and reliable genetics.
Lighting is Vital
Adding the proper lighting is paramount in producing a strong terpene profile. Full spectrum LEDs for indoor grows are the way to go. However, many growers prefer good old-fashioned sunlight. Sunlight combined with growing in soil helps to produce those natural earthy flavors and terpenes so many cannabis consumers love.
Low-Stress Training for More Terps
Combining a technique called LST or low-stress training to your grow can also help create a higher terpene profile. Low-stress training allows a plant to fan out giving buds more attention than leaves.
Handle with Care
When it comes time to harvest your plants don’t knock all the trichomes off by being a bully to the buds. Handle these ladies gently and delicately. Handle them properly and you’ll have a beautiful, pleasing terpene profile for your palette.
These are just a few ways that you can help to increase the terpene concentration in cannabis. Do you have any tips you would like to share? If so, drop us a line in the comments below.