Cannabis concentrates with the exception of rosin, would not be very tasty if it were not for terpenes. Terpenes or “terps” are responsible for helping give cannabis both its flavour and smell. During the extraction process, essential terpenes are often lost due to the heat involved in the process. Products such as ‘The Raw’ and ‘The Clear’ that are 99% THC would be rather tasteless if not for the reintroduction of plant-derived terpenes.
When it comes to the terpenes used to bring flavour to these concentrates, it’s not always cannabis-derived terpenes that are used. It is very common to find flavours such as banana or lemon which are infused accordingly with the proper terpene or terpene mix. Shatter, wax, snap and pull, crumble, all of this was the gold standard for cannabis concentrates not long ago. All of the above have found themselves sitting on the next shelf below top shelf.
Sitting proudly on the top shelf displaying their potency and pungency with pride are terp infused cannabis concentrates like terp sauce, gems and juice, and the ever so terpy, live resin. These products have become the gold standard for cannabis concentrates not only because of their potency and effectiveness but because of their pleasing palatable flavour profile.
Terp It Up
Terpenes do more than give cannabis concentrates great flavours, aromas and compliment their medicinal effects. Another avenue about terpenes that science is beginning to learn has to do with the body’s endocannabinoid system and the variety of beneficial health benefits they can bring.
Currently, research is being conducted to determine if terpenes directly affect the absorption rate of cannabinoids by receptors throughout the ECS. These studies could lead to medical breakthroughs for products such as topicals and transdermal applications of cannabinoid therapies.
Cannabis concentrates and plant-derived terpenes like those found in cannabis are much more than just ways for people to catch a buzz or get high. Cannabinoids and terpenes play a vital role in helping our body with many different essential functions. A world without terpenes would be an odourless, tasteless world, sort of like a world without green.