How Terpenes Will Change The Way We Buy Cannabis

Once upon a time, people realized that if they smoked marijuana, they would encounter a unique sensation that we now call, getting high. Cannabis has been part of the human record going back thousands of years, yet it wasn’t until the 1960s that we finally understood why marijuana had such a profound effect. Or so we thought. Fast forward fifty years, and the marijuana research train is going full throttle into the future. Thanks to decades of research, we now know the terpenes, the essential oils found in cannabis, have as much impact on your buzz as the well known cannabinoids.

TERPENES IN CANNABIS RESEARCH

So what does this mean for both the industry and the consumer? For cannabis professionals whose aim is to find specific cannabis solutions for medicinal problems, their job became a whole lot easier. More understanding translates into better results. Cannabis scientists will take their knowledge of cannabinoids and terpenes and use it to find just the right balance for individual ailments. Once scientists know exactly what traits they need to treat specific medicinal problems, it then falls to the breeder to find the recipe.

THE BREEDERS ROLE

Breeders will then take up the helm in their search for just the right strains to cross to get the exact result they are looking for. They will search for strains that have specific terpenes, as well as cannabinoids, in order to grow the perfect medicine. If a breeder is trying to craft a strain meant to treat epilepsy, they will seek out parent strains high in CBD, THC, CBG, as well as a number of terpenes including Linalool, and Alpha-pinene. There are endless combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes, which means that with a little fine tuning, breeders and cannabis scientists can craft strains to meet their exact specification.

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