Want to know how to make your favorite strain of pain-killing weed even more powerful?
Top your bowl with some terps. Terpenes, that is.
I like to call them ter-pee-knees but my budtenders tell me it’s ter-peens.
At any rate, so many people don’t know what terpenes are.
And so many people don’t know what they are missing.
Terpenes, as I try to wedge into every blog, are those (sometimes) sticky, aromatic compounds on the marijuana plant that make people say, “OMG, this smells like pine trees.” Or, “OMG, this smells like lemon.” Or, “OMG this smells like dirt.”
Because even the terpenes that smell like dirt have their own medicinal quality — they all do.
Before I get into what all the different terpenes do, let me tell you that in many places you can actually buy just the terpenes themselves. The power of the terpenes is a well kept secret.
I want to issue my Denver readers a challenge. You can buy just the terpenes at Emerald Fields in Glendale (or your favorite dispensary, if they carry them). Terpenes are one of the best kept secrets of legal weed, if you ask me.
I purchased WonderLeaf Raw Cannabis Terpenes for just $24. I purchased Ghost Train Haze and topped Durban Haze flower with it. It’s a great, productive, euphoric high.
At Emerald Fields, the terpenes come in liquid form. But I also have seen them in powder form in the Illinois Medical Cannabis program.
I was chatting with Lenny the other day, who is extremely knowledgable about all things cannabis, and he pointed out not many people are on to the terpene titillation. These compounds, be they medicinal for sleep, pain, overactive bowels, hunger, whatever your ailment may be, are mostly non-psychoactive in and of themselves, with low THC content.
But remember, they convey all the properties of your favorite strain in just a few drops. Your favorite strain is your favorite strain for a reason. Granddaddy Purple terps are going to relax the heck out of you even with a low THC content.
Do you follow?
Generally speaking, terps and their medicinal effects can be thought of as falling along a color wheel — lavender (rest), green (pain relief, anti-inflammatory, sometimes used for asthma believe it or not), and brown (relief from neurological disorders).
Most people seeking medicinal relief from marijuana have more than one ailment, and can benefit from choosing a strain that falls on several spots on the wheel.
I woke up in a pleasant mood, but got sideways with the universe while walking home from Emerald Fields. I am hyper-aware of my surroundings and if someone pushes a button, off I go!
So when I got home, I was fuming. I took some Ghost Train Haze terpenes and topped some Poison Haze flower with it .
That means I took sativa terpenes and topped a sativa flower. Gasp!
Amateurs want to think “All sativas cause anxiety” and generalize, stigmatize. But that’s not true. We’re all different, and we do need to experiment, just like a doc experiments with the dangerous chemicals he pumps into your body.
For me, sativas are key to pain relief in my back. And yet, the PTSD can aggravate the back pain. It’s a balance.
But if you learn your terps, it helps. You learn which to avoid in large amounts.
“Ghost Train Haze delivers a potent dose of THC to knock out pain, depression, and appetite loss, but patients prone to anxiety should steer clear of this heavy-hitter. Low doses are conducive to concentration and creativity, but you may notice some cerebral haziness as you administer more.”
“Users describe the Poison Haze high as a fast, hard onset of a creative, euphoric psychoactive head high with bursts of energy. Users may experience fits of uncontrollable giggles and an intense onset of the munchies as they start to come down from their initial high. This high tends to wear off quickly but surprisingly doesn’t leave the user with any feeling of burnout. Because of these potent symptoms and lack of burnout, Poison Haze is ideal for treating patients suffering from conditions such as depression, tension headaches or migraines, chronic pain, due to illness or injury, and chronic stress.”
I’m doing great now!