By Matt Kovarsky
The cannabis industry has changed a great deal since legalization passed in 2012. One of the most intriguing changes has been our increased understanding of terpenes, and understanding the role they play in the various qualities of our high. Terpenes are the aromatic essential oils found throughout the plant world that gives everything its smell. Whether it’s the bright smell of citrus or pine or the skunky smell from a frosty beer, you can thank terpenes for that aroma.
Plants don’t produce terpenes for our sake though. The plant produces terpenes to act as its immune system. Some terpenes are anti-microbial, some are anti-fungal, some will attract pollinators, some will deter predators. Whatever the plant needs in it’s natural environment is what it will tend to produce. This is why different strains from different areas can be so different; whether it be the vibrant high energy sativas, or the dank smell of a sedating indica.
So when you’re bundled up inside this weekend avoiding the snow and roads what will be the best terpene to help get you through? Well it depends on how you’re looking to pass the time.
limonene/Energetic: Let’s get some projects done!
Snow days can be a very productive time to get chores done around the house. Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, laundry, paying bills, or if you’re like me and recently ended up binging Marie Kondo’s Netflix show it’s a great time to purge everything in the house. Some people will get an extra boost of energy from their coffee or espresso, I prefer to get it from limonene.
Limonene is that bright uplifting smell you get while walking down the cleaning aisle at the grocery store that makes you happy and puts a pep in your step. Well the same goes for cannabis strains. Cannabis strains with that fresh citrus smell tends to be more euphoric and energetic. Great for day time, social situations, and getting things done. This makes it the perfect terpene to have a productive time while you’re snowed in for the weekend. If you want to get that deep cleaning in that you’ve wanted to do since last spring, then limonene is what you’re looking for. Even if it’s just something to use to keep your spirits up limonene is a great thing to utilize.
Myrcene/Relaxed: Couch time!
As mammals, when the winter sets in deep our natural instinct is to hibernate. Whether binging an entire season of a show on Netflix, or eating everything in the fridge just because it’s there, or trying to warm up with a hot relaxing bath, myrcene is the best terpene to enhance your relaxation. Myrcene is found in nature in hops, a cousin of cannabis, it’s what gives IPAs that skunky smell. In cannabis it’s responsible for what we like to call ‘couch lock’. When there’s 6 inches of snow on the ground and you shouldn’t drive anywhere, couch lock can be the perfect companion to a cozy night in front of the TV.
No matter which direction you plan on going this weekend and into the snowy days, just remember to stay warm and safe!