Crystals & Trichomes
Have you noticed the tiny little crystals that seem to cover the leaves and buds of your favorite strains? They can be shiny, sticky, and definitely carry the most amazing aromas!
Trichomes are large collections of crystals that look like blankets of frost on top of the flowers. Trichomes store the highest concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes that give cannabis its unique aromas, flavours, and effects.
Terpenes are essential elements that give cannabis their unique flavors and scents/aromas.
Terpenes interact with the human body along with other molecules in the cannabis and are part of the desired effects of body and mind (also known as the entourage effect).
Terpene molecules are rather important when looking to enhance and personalize your consumption experience.
Terpenes found in cannabis
OCIMENE carries a sweet, earthy and citrusy aroma and is mostly found in mint, parsley, orchids, pepper, basil, mangoes, bergamot and kumquats.
MYRCENE is one of the most common types of terpene and is found in almost every cannabis strain. It ’s smell is fruity, earthy, spicy and musky with a flavor similar to cloves, bay, parsley, wild thyme, lemongrass, cardamom, and mango.
LIMONENE is commonly found in citrus fruits and this terpene gives a citrus smell and taste to cannabis.
HUMULENE carries a subtle earthy, woody, floral and spicy herbal aroma and is mostly found in hops, wood, coriander, cloves, and basil.
PINENE is a terpene responsible for the “piney” aroma of certain cannabis. Pinene is mostly found in pine trees and other conifers.
TERPINOLENE carries a fruity flavor and is mostly found in apples, tea tree, nutmeg, cumin, and lilacs.
LINALOOL is a terpene with a floral aroma and is mostly found in rosewood, bergamot, coriander, rose, jasmine and lavender.
CARYOPHYLLENE is another predominant terpene found in cannabis. Caryophyllene carries an herbal aroma and is mostly found in hops, cloves, and rosemary.
Popular desired effects include: aroused, creative, energetic, euphoric, focused, giggly, happy, hungry, pain relief, relaxed, sleepy, talkative/social, tingly, and uplifted. The strain you choose depends on the desired effect.
There are 3 cannabis STRAINS/PLANT TYPE:
Sativa - Energizing Effect
Indica – Calming Effect
Hybrid – Combination of Sativa and Indica Effects
Desired effects are based on the cannabis composition. Cannabis composition has 3 components:
THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, produces the high sensation. It can be consumed by smoking cannabis and is also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more.
THC also unleashes a chemical called dopamine, which gives a euphoric, relaxed feeling.