Mapping the taste & smell of strains
Hops, pine needles, lemons, and black pepper may not immediately strike you as having any relation, but they have one large commonality; their essential oils – called terpenes are four of the most common compounds found in cannabis. Hundreds of terpenes exist is cannabis, but only a few are in amounts substantial enough to be of note; these include d-Limonene, Alpha-pinene, Myrcene, and Beta-caryophyllene.
Similar to the scent you experience when you peel an orange, the existence of d-Limonene terpenes in some cannabis strains produces a strong citrus scent and flavor. Alpha-pinene is found in pine needles and emits a pine, sage, or rosemary scent. Myrcene is found in hops, bay leaves, and lemongrass and emits an herbal, rooty, and spicy scent. Beta-caryophyllene is found in a variety of herbs and spices but the smell is described particularly as black pepper.
Each individual cannabis strain consists of a unique terpene profile, similar to a fingerprint, and just as cannabis genetics are unique from strain to strain, so are the needs of each customer in the benefits they seek from their medicine.
Terpenes not only contribute considerably to the overall taste and odour of certain plants, but also have shown remarkable healing properties and are instrumental in the aromatherapy movement. These hydrocarbons offer a broad range of biological properties with antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Myrcene, for example, is the most common terpene found in cannabis and has been used as an essential oil in the treatment of pain and inflammation.
Each individual cannabis strain consists of a unique terpene profile, similar to a fingerprint. This is why we developed the Terpography™ Map, a quick visual tool to help you understand the unique terpene profile of a specific strain.
Inspired by terpenes under a microscope, our R&D and Design teams have developed Terpography™ – a reference tool to help customers quickly visualize a strain’s unique terpene profile.
Understanding the map
The cluster of coloured dots represents the ratios of terpenes to one another. A larger dot represents a higher percentage of a particular terpene in the strain and each smaller dot is scaled to represent its percentage within the profile. The final visual representation is called Terpography™ to combine the words “terpene” and “topography.” We hope it’s a quick and helpful tool that gives you just a little more insight into selecting a medicine that is right for you.
Found in hops, bay leaves, and lemongrass and emits an herbal, rooty, and spicy scent.
Found in a variety of sources such as cajuput oil, pine oil, and petitgrain oil and has a pleasant odor similar to lilac.
Found in a variety of herbs and spices, hence the spicy flavour, and although the scent is minor it is described particularly as black pepper.
Similar to the scent you experience when you peel an orange, the existence of d-Limonene terpenes in some cannabis strains produces a strong citrus scent and flavour.
Pinene (Alpha & Beta)
Found in pine needles and emits a pine, sage, or rosemary scent.
Here's to Future Growth! (and happy strain smell-selecting)
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