Cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways. With new and new technology coming up every day, new trends of cannabis consumption are becoming popular. Also, mixing up cannabis with various flavours to try varieties are a natural exploration of the human inquisitive mind. So, nowadays, combining cannabis with terpenes is becoming increasingly popular.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are basically naturally occurring chemical compounds found in almost all plants. They give the characteristic aroma and similar qualities to plants. They are extracted from them in the laboratory. For example, lemon and other citrus fruits get their characteristic aroma because of a terpene called Limonene.
Why combine Terpenes with Cannabis?
Cannabis, usually called Marijuana is used for a number of reasons. In countries where it is legal, it is consumed casually just like cigars and drinks. But in most other countries, cannabis is allowed on for medical use. Usually consumed in the form of cannabis seeds like grape ape kush seeds, CBD oil or marijuana strains, it was a widespread practice to consume them plain. But now, these are consumed with terpenes to give desired flavours and aroma to cannabis. That’s not all, each terpene has unique useful properties. For example, a terpene called Mycerene, which has the herbal aroma with the touch of earth and cloves also possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipsychotic, antispasmodic properties. There are some terpenes that enhance the high experiences of cannabis. This is also one of the reasons why terpenes are combined with cannabis.
How to Combine Terpenes and Cannabis?
So, you have finally decided to try out terpenes with cannabis but are not sure how to go about it. It depends entirely on how you consume cannabis. While cannabis is available in the form of strains, CBD oil, seeds, it can be consumed in a number of ways like inhalation, oral and sublingual.
Let us look into the details.
Inhalation includes methods like smoking, vapes, etc where you take in the smoke or the vapour of cannabis. Here, you take the active ingredients of the cannabis directly to your throat, which passes to your lungs from where are directly passed into the bloodstream. If using vapes you use the extracted oil of cannabis. Terpenes are also available in liquids. So, you could mix your favourite terpenes with cannabis extract and relish the taste.
Dabbing is another popular way of inhaling cannabis. Dabs, also known as butane hash oil (BHO) are super concentrates of extracts of the cannabis.
This can be in the form of edibles, tinctures, capsules or oils. This gives the desired effects within thirty minutes of consumption. There are many chefs who are experimenting with the terpenes present in the cannabis, combining them with food. You may want to try that out. You may as well consider taking weed terpenes with food.
Sublingual is almost similar to oral, but instead of chewing, you place the cannabis under your tongue, just like a lozenge. You may use an extract of the terpene with the cannabis.
That was about the technical details of combining terpenes with cannabis. Not, let’s get into combining various terpenes to get a variety of flavours and highs.
Pairing Terpenes in the right way
Different terpenes have different kinds of flavours and tastes. So, it is extremely essential that right terpenes are paired so that the cannabis consuming experience is made mind-blowing without spoiling the show.
It is very similar to pairing food and drinks. The basic idea here is to come up with delicious combinations of taste that enhance each other, not overpowering the other and ultimately and most importantly, getting appreciation from the customer.
There are chefs pulling their sleeves up to enhance their cooking with cannabis. Many others focus on pairing different tastes or smells or stimulating effects of different strains, like combining aphrodisiacal strains with stimulating fruits such as strawberries.
Even weeds are used widely to pair terpenes with cannabis and food. The idea is to combine subtly flavoured strains of weed with a subtler drink.
If pairing with a food or drink, the first thing to do is to discover the taste profile of it and then pair it with a suitable terpene, also look for other medical effects that each terpene has to offer.
Cannabis is available in several states at marijuana dispensaries under the recommendation of marijuana doctors.
Try out these ideas and discover new cannabis experiences. Just be careful about pairings and be open to new combinations.