How often do you sit and take a good sniff of your weed? Try doing it right now. It smells delicious, right? Do you ever wonder where that dank smell comes from? My guess is not all that often. You’re probably more concerned with covering up that dank smell. So, why do some strains smell like gasoline, like Sour Diesel does? Why do some strains smell like strawberries and others smell like cheese?
Terpenes are responsible for the majority of the scent and flavor profile of different cannabis strains. All plants have terpenes, which is where they get their fragrances. You ever notice how strong pine trees smell? That’s because conifers aka pine trees have more terpenes than other plants. So what does that have to do with my dank smell? You’ve noticed that some strains smell like pine, right? This is because of the terpene pinene, which is present in thousands of strains of cannabis. Strains that smell of citrus fruit, like Super Lemon Haze, smell this way because of the terpene limonene.
Terpenes are pretty neat compounds; they are not only responsible for giving your herb that delicious dank smell, they also have the power to heal the body. The terpene myrcene, one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis, not only makes your grass smell terrific, it also has the ability to heal tumors in your body, such as the types that cause cancer. We’ve learned a lot about terpenes over the last few years. Even some pharmaceutical companies are studying them to learn about their healing properties and using that knowledge to develop synthetic cannabinoid drugs (boo!).
Terpenes are not the only things that are responsible for that dank smell. There’s also terpenoids, which constantly radiate off of the plant. They are the reason why when your plants can be smelled from hundreds if not thousands of feet away when they are in the flowering stage. Cannabis trichomes contain a special part of their anatomy which make the terpenes and terpenoids smell as strongly and distinctly as they do.
Isn’t science fun?
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