Trichomes are the sticky resin glands on medical cannabis flowers; they contain the highest concentrations of cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
As it turns out, terpenes are also found inside the trichome – right alongside the cannabinoids! And, not only do terpenes cause the pungent aromas of medical cannabis, but they also exhibit their own medical qualities (think of aromatherapy)!
To put it plainly: a strain scented like pine trees and lemon zest will offer a different medical effect than a strain that smells like lavender and sage (a phenomena that may not be entirely explained by a difference of cannabinoids)! For example: both indica and sativa strains possess high concentrations of THC, so why do some strains make you sleepy, while others make you more alert?
Perhaps it’s the terpenes!
Next time you have medical cannabis flowers – try smelling them while you scan over the Fragrance Wheel. Try to identify a few scents (i.e. “Super Trainwreck smells like pine trees and lemons!). As you grow familiar with the terms, the scents, and the variety of fragrances available – you’ll start to recognize your own strain preferences in terms of fragrance. From there – we’ll show you how to utilize the fourth and final step of the LivingCannabis Fragrance System (which we have not yet posted).
For now, make sure to smell every strain – and try to pinpoint which strains smell like what. Once you’re comfortable with steps 1 through 3, you’ll find it easy to go from fragrance name (like Lemon) to terpene title (like Limonene).
Until then, stay tuned to our blog and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on everything going on at the Bloom Room! :)