By : Brett G.
A lot of misinformation, alternative facts, fake news, whatever you’d like to call it, has been spread about cannabis. Going back to the days of “Reefer Madness” a lot of blatantly false information and propaganda were circulated and are likely part of the reason why cannabis is still a schedule 1 drug in the U.S. (where it is also recreationally, and medically legal in several states) so the gap of what people believe and what is actually true has become very wide.
Good news for the cannabis industry, old stereotypes are being contradicted by newly discovered findings on effects users experience when using certain strains high in particular terpenes. Lets dive into some old stereotypes, and how terpenes are changing peoples minds about them.
Stereotype #1 “Cannabis negatively impacts memory and makes users less alert”
Pinene is the first terpene we will look at today for a few reasons. First, this terpene has an effect often surprising, pinene increases alertness, and wait for it, MEMORY RETENTION! Contrary to old assumptions that all cannabis makes users lazy, forgetful, and unfocused, pinene is a terpene that is breaking down some old beliefs of many in and outside the community.
SMELL: pinene has a sharp, sweet, pine scent which makes sense, as pinene is also found in pine needles (as well as sage and conifers) and has been shown to help reduce inflammation in for users. This terpene has been used treat asthma as a bronchodilator, or drug used to improve airflow to the lungs.
Strains known for being high in pinene – Jack herer, Dutch Treat, Romulan, Blue Dream, OG Kush, island sweet skunk, strawberry cough, lemon Jack, J1.
Stereotype #2 “Cannabis gives you the munchies” – Claim: cannabis use increases appetite
Humulene is the next terpene in line that goes against old conventional beliefs about cannabis. Conventional wisdom would make most users think all cannabis gives users “the munchies” increasing appetite to superhuman levels, but strains high in humulene do quite the opposite, and work as an appetite suppressant! This may come as a surprise to many people, but if you think about the most famous individuals who use large amounts of cannabis, and they are nearly all skinny or in great shape such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Joe Rogan and many more!
SMELL: woody or earthy, this terpene is also found in clove, basil and hops. This terpene is almost exclusively found in sativa and hybrid strains. Like pinene, this terpene also has anti-inflammatory effects which may be part of the reason humulene is known to be pain reliever.
Strains known for being high in humulene – Girl scout cookies, white widow, sour diesel, headband, skywalker OG
Stereotype #3 “Cannabis makes people tired and lazy”
Limonene is one of the terpenes most cannabis users can identify right away, the citrus, lemon or orange smell. Many of us have had the experience of opening up a bag or jar, taking a deep inhale and taking in that smell that reminds you of the household cleaner pledge, but in a weirdly awesome kind of way. Aside from a distinct scent, limonene comes with range of beneficial effects for the user which include stress relief and elevated mood, anti depression and anti anxiety. Limonene has been shown to help relieve heart burn and gastric reflux. In addition to these benefits limonene helps increase in the absorption of THC, which is one reason terpenes are getting people out of the mindset of only caring about the THC% of the strain. The reason limonene is breaking the old stereotype cannabis makes people lazy is when people use strains high in limonene they report high energy levels, not the opposite which many would assume!
SMELL: sweet citrus fragrances like lemon and orange
Strains known for being high in limonene – OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Super Lemon Haze, Trainwreck, Bubba Kush
Stereotype #4 “Cannabis makes people paranoid and anxious”
Myrcene is a heavily potent terpene, it only takes concentrations as low as 0.5% in a strain for it to gain indica like sedating effects. Some call this “couch lock” and it comes as a terpene in direct opposition of limonene which increases energy, myrcene is known for its incredible calming effects. So while this terpene does reinforce some old stereotypes, as many cannabis users have likely indulged in a strain high in myrcene and set off with intentions to get things done, to find themselves on the coach hours later having never gotten started. It’s okay, mostly all of us has been there a few times, some more than we’d like to admit, but that is okay, we aren’t here to judge, we’re here to learn! This is why it is important to know how to identify your medicine, and one of the best ways is to give it a whiff, smelling your flower is the key to knowing what it is.
SMELL: Also found in mango, lemongrass, thyme, bayleaves and other citrus, myrcene has a range of smells from musk, citrus, clove, mango and lemongrass
Strains known for being high in myrcene – Blue dream, Green crack, alien OG, granddaddy purple, northern lights, pure kush, white widow, himalayan gold, pink kush, warlock CBD
Linalool is another terpene which helps counteract anxiety. Linalool is known for its calming and sedating effects which are a welcome benefit for those struggling with the all too common issue of anxiety. In the media, users of cannabis often become plagued by a bizarre overly dramatic paranoia and anxiety, well thankfully, in real life using strains high in linalool people can feel cool calm and collected while enjoying their favorite strains. Since being identified, this terpene is being widely used to help relieve stress.
SMELL: lavender, rosewood, birch, laurel and citrus.
Strains known for being high in linalool – Lavender, skywalker OG, headband, ingrid, pink kush, master kush, OG shark, amnesia haze, LA confidential
A few things to make note of here before we go, many of you may have already noticed this, but some strains may have high concentrations of more than one terpene, which is a good thing! Many of the medical benefits and enjoyable side effects are result of terpenes being present in the cannabis we intake. We also have to admit, there are still certainly strains out there that will have users fall into the stereotypes mentioned above, it is just exciting to see we are now able to identify exactly which strains will give us