Are Cannabis Terpenes More Important Than THC?
More people are catching on to the significance of terpenes and how they are such an important part of getting the most benefits out of cannabis.
It’s no coincidence that cannabis cup judges – during blind taste tests – tend to award strains that are almost double in terpene content. That’s right, the top-awarded cannabis varieties are all about terpenes – not crazy high levels of THC. For a lot of cannabis lovers, this may come as a surprise.
Terpenes are the plant molecules that explain why cannabis varieties give off so many different aromas: fruity, piney, earthy, minty and so on. Cannabis has more terpene variations than perhaps any other plant species!
Terpene profiles in cannabis aren’t just responsible for the smell and flavor of a specific variety. They also help determine the mood, feel, and tone of the cannabis you’re consuming. Some terpene profiles will make you feel relaxed and sleepy, while others may give you an energy boost and promote focus.
During the initial stages of the cannabis industry, most of the focus was on THC levels. People didn’t really think about terpenes. Even today, most labs still don’t test for terpene profiles, which I agree really is a huge disservice to consumers and the industry as a whole.