The Future of Marijuana – Cannabis Terpenes
by Nick Bollard
Ever wonder why your fingers get sticky when you’re cracking open a beautiful, frosty bud? It’s the essential oils in the flower—cannabis terpenes—that leave your hands smelling like you’ve been hanging with Trombone Shorty or Bill Maher. Marijuana terpenes and the science behind these essential oils are the future of cannabis.
As legal cannabis is studied more, researchers are discovering the significance of terpenes and how they react synergistically in the body with cannabinoids. Folks in the industry, lacking a better term for this synergy, call it the entourage effect. Both cannabinoids and terpenes are located in the plant’s resinous glands. These glands are called trichomes.
Trichomes are the tiny, bulbous-shaped stalks that, to the naked eye, look like frost on marijuana flowers. Look under a microscope and you’ll see them individually, when they don’t look like frost but more like a forest of sticky, white trees. When marijuana extracts are created, the oils, waxes, and fats which make up a trichome, are collected.
It has been known for years that cannabinoids have medicinal qualities. However, the discovery of the medicinal value of terpenes is relatively new to cannabis research. The various terpenes in marijuana have the following qualities, depending on the strain: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, aroma therapeutic.
For more scientific information on terpenes, see our article, Marijuana Research: Healing Plants.
It’s high time you expose yourself to the healing powers of terpenes and stop by The Farm for the widest selection of your favorite cannabis products.
To reserve hash or any other marijuana products for same-day pickup at The Farm in Boulder, Colorado, click here. Browse and discover your favorite concentrates by going to the dropdown menu of Categories/Concentrates. To enjoy concentrates with strong terpene profiles, look for:
- Live Resin
- Bubble Hash