What Are Cannabis Terpenes?
Cannabis terpenes, also known as weed terpenes, are a liquid that contains the potent smell and flavour of a particular cannabis strain. As you would expect, a bottle of cannabis terpenes distilled from the strain Pineapple Express would smell strongly of pineapples and cannabis. Each strain can be distilled to harness its flavours in the form of terpenes, and these terpenes can be infused into cannabis products to enhance their effects. Yes, the flavour of cannabis does more than taste good. This is due to a phenomenon called The Entourage Effect, in which cannabis terpenes and cannabinoids are found to have a synergistic effect.
The Entourage Effect shows that cannabis products that don’t have cannabis terpenes in them have a diminished effect on us than products that are rich in terpenes. Certain terpenes have calming effects, while others can induce energy.
While most cannabis terpenes are derived from hemp strains, The Goods have done something different. They’ve extracted the terpenes from actual THC-dominant cannabis strains. THC strains have somewhat more complex cannabinoid profiles, with certain terpenes being impossible to find in hemp strains. This makes their new cannabis terpene range a genuinely unique experience.
Cannabis Terpenes Vs Botanical Terpenes
Most terpenes on the market come from what are called botanical sources. Botanical terpenes are distilled from fruits and vegetables to mimic the profiles of cannabis strains we are familiar with. Because terpenes are abundant in fruits and vegetables, they are much cheaper when distilled from botanical sources. While they don’t taste exactly like the cannabis strains they try to emulate, they are often delicious.
Cannabis terpenes are distilled from actual weed plants. The Goods create a “live terpene resin”, a process that requires cannabis to be distilled immediately after being cut from the soil. The process involves blasting fresh cannabis flowers with steam, stripping its terpenes and essence into liquid form and separating it from cannabinoids like THC and CBD. It takes many kilos of cannabis to produce a small bottle of cannabis terpenes. The sheer price of material required to make cannabis terpenes explains why they are often so expensive.
Why Are These Cannabis Terpenes The Cheapest In The UK?
The Goods produces cannabis in an indoor facility with state-of-the-art vertical racks. All available space is efficiently used to maximise the optimal amount of cannabis and terpenes out of each plant. Further, the facility is mainly powered by solar energy, harnessed by panels that can be found on-site. Energy is the most significant factor in any indoor facilities costs. By using a primarily free and renewable source, not only are these cannabis terpenes eco-friendly, but they are also much cheaper than what you can find elsewhere.
The entire process of growing the THC-rich plants to distilling them on-site is done by The Goods, ensuring that the quality of these terpenes is optimal and keeping the price low. This mixture of cultivation and extraction knowledge is rare within a single group; we often see hemp producers outsourcing the distillation to a laboratory. In the case of The Goods, actual weed is being distilled on-site and infused into CBD extracts made in that very same facility.
Which Cannabis Terpenes Are Available In The UK?
So far, three cup-winning cannabis terpenes have been released for purchase, with several more due to drop in the coming months. They are all infused into the delicious cup-winning extracts released by The Goods. Here’s our review of the three best cannabis terpenes you can find in the UK right now:
Having won the 2019 SoCal Cannabis Cup, Wedding Cake is one of the most popular cannabis strains in the world. It features flavours of vanilla, pepper, sugar and pungent gas and is known for its calming, relaxing effects. We’re particularly fond of using this strain to alleviate the stress of everyday pressure and as an excellent bedtime aid. Nothing like taking a hit of some Wedding Cake CBD wax before sleeping and settling into a warm fuzzy slumber.
Fragrance: Earthy, gas, vanilla, sweet
Effect: Soothed, relaxed, happy
Dominant Terpenes: Myrcene, limonene, caryophyllene
Known as one of the most expensive cannabis strains, costing around £20 a gram for its flower, Sherbert is a highly sought-after strain. It is a phenotype of the legendary strain, Girl Scout Cookies and has become a favourite among the medical community for its apparent association with stress, tension and mood disorders. The strain features flavours of sugar, citrus, and tropical fruits. Its effects are a perfect balance of relaxation and giggly energy. We find it’s a great social profile that sets the mood for a social gathering.
Fragrance: Citrus, pine, sweet, sugar, tropical fruits
Effects: Euphoric, uplifting, giggly
Dominant Terpenes: Myrcene, limonene, caryophyllene, pinene
Known for having one of the most unique, dank profiles, GMO Cookies will smell unlike most strains you’ve ever experienced. GMO gets its name from its founder, SkunkMaster, to describe how it looked like some genetically modified cannabis plant. The strain has a distinctly strong garlic smell, which we rarely see in cannabis strains - primarily when most strains are bred to exhibit fruity flavours. This strain is another favourite among medical patients for its association with chronic pain, depression and nausea. GMO terpenes have a diesel aroma and a garlic-forward taste that lingers on your tastebuds. It has strong sedative, relaxing effects and can easily couchlock its users - therefore, we recommend it as an end-of-day profile unless you’re looking to risk getting knocked out during the day!
Fragrance: Garlic, tangy, floral, fresh, diesel
Effect: Calming, restful
Dominant Terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene
SummaryThese cannabis terpene-infused extracts can be consumed or infused into other products to taste and experience the luxury of weed terpenes. If you want to consume them right out of the jar, you might find our article on the best wax pens for cannabis extracts beneficial. If you’re a vaper already using the popular Dynavap vaporiser, then you’ll find this guide on using the Dynavap with cannabis concentrates useful too.
For those interested in using the cannabis terpenes from these extracts to infuse other things, like THC extracts, edibles and more, you can easily mix them into other extracts or heat them into oils. The possibilities are nearly endless for cannabis terpene-infused CBD extracts, as long as you’re not trying to mix them into water.