Terpenes: What They Are and How They Compliment Cannabis Concentrates

on March 05, 2019

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Terpene is a word that refers to a diverse and large class of organic compounds, present in a variety of different plants, especially conifers, and even in some insects. Terpenes often have a strong aroma. Sometimes they’re used to help protect plants from herbivores by attracting parasites and predators of herbivores. Terpenes are responsible for the way plants smell and they play a major role in how they taste. Cannabis is loaded with terpenes. Research into terpenes has opened new doors of canna-exploration. Here are some of the common terpenes found in cannabis and other plants and a brief description of them.

  • Myrcene- the smell has hints of musky, earthy notes, often resembling cloves.
  • Limonene- has a citrusy-like smell very similar to lemons.
  • Linalool- is a terpene found in mint, coriander, lavender, and cinnamon
  • Caryophyllene- is peppery smelling and tasting
  • Alpha-pinene and Beta-pinene- theses terpenes smell like a pine forest but are also present in orange peels, basil, parsley, and rosemary.
  • Eucalyptol- is a terpene that’s described as minty.
  • Humulene- this terpene has woody, earthy, and spicy notes

Without terpenes, cannabis extracts would not be anywhere near as tasty or effective. HTFSE is a term that references top of the line or premium cannabis concentrates. It stands for high terpene full spectrum extraction. Full spectrum extraction memes that all the cannabinoids and terpenes were removed instead of focusing on just one. Products such as the raw or the clear contain 99% THC and by themselves are rather flavorless almost on the verge of tasting bad. They are infused with women, pineapple, and other terpenes to give the concentrate a pleasing flavor for your palate to savor.

510 Vape Cartridges of Joy

The typical disposable 510 cartridge or refillable 510 cartridge is filled with CO2 extracted cannabis oil. This is one of the cleanest methods of extraction. Terpenes are reintroduced to the expected concentrates to give them flavor before it becomes a final product. Vape pens containing THC oil or CBD oil comes in a variety of different flavors thanks to terpenes. You can find common fruity flavors such as Cherry, blueberry, pineapple, lemon, mango and off the Wall flavors like cinnamon flavored cereal, vanilla cream, or shishkaberry.

Terpenes are not only responsible for giving cannabis the flavor and aroma we love they are showing they play a role in the effects produced. The mammalian endocannabinoid system works with phytocannabinoid such as THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, and others as well as terpenes. terpene interaction of cannabinoid receptors helps to influence how little or how much saturation occurs to the receptor. This research is still relatively new. The more we learn about this pivotal area of cannabinoid science the better our chances of improving the medicinal qualities of cannabis for patients stands to be.

Terpenes can be added to concentrates like wax and distillate or refillable 510 vape cartridges to enhance the flavoring and effects of specific strains. Terpenes are also showing the play a potentially pivotal role in influencing the efficiency of our endocannabinoid system. Another thing these amazing terpenes can do is break down wax or shatter. By adding terpenes to a shot glass and slowly heating them in warm water until they melt you can create a variety of immaculately flavored potent Vape cartridges. Of course, this process works better if you make sure to decarboxylate your concentrates first.


Decarboxylate- to eliminate a carboxylic acid group from (an organic compound). Basically, activate the THC in your weed.

This process is done by heating your concentrates to between 210-295 degrees Fahrenheit (depending on who you ask) for roughly 30 to 60 minutes or until the concentrates begin to stop bubbling. Typically, a 10% PG/VG mix is added to 90% terpene/cannabis concentrate mix. This makes a big difference versus your typical mix of PG VG with cannabis that averages 50/50. If you've never tried a vape cartridge made with terpenes you don't know what you're missing. If you can't find one available in a retail store which most likely you won't be able to you will have to get the necessary equipment to craft one at home.

You'll find quality cartridges and batteries for crafting your own 510 Vape cartridges at home by visiting Session Vapor. The best thing about making your own vape juice is that you know what you are getting. Take the time to decarb your concentrates and then infused them with a terpene mixture. Play around a bit and you never know what you might come up with.