Detailed Terpene Profiles and the ‘Entourage Effect’

It is spring 2021 and we’re seeing a great new trend in the Canadian industry - the inclusion of detailed terpene profiles on flower! Terpenes are the underrated cousins of cannabinoids - they’re absolutely vital for producing different smells, tastes and effects, but for the longest time they were overlooked as THC numbers stole the spotlight.

Do you remember our post about the “entourage effect”?  Defined as “the cannabis compounds, other than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), that act synergistically with it to modulate the overall psychoactive effects of the plant.” In other words, your body may respond differently to a strain, irrespective of its THC content, than another person based on its terpene profile and how that modulates its individual affects on you. 

A strain’s high is not solely due to its THC percentage. The things that make your favourite strains your favourite strains come down to the full package of what that plant is offering chemically and then how that unique chemistry interacts with your individual ‘endocannabinoid system’.  The final product you are consuming (and no, not all methods of consumption produce equal effects) is a result of not only the levels and ratios of cannabinoids but alsolevels and ratios of terpenes and how it all comes together to create a beautifully unique experience.

One of the great joys of experimenting with new cannabis strains is discovering what you love, but also what you are not crazy about. And for the longest time, without terpene profiles being public knowledge, it was tough to figure out what you might also enjoy when your favourite strain is out of stock.

For example, let’s take a look at Natural History’s LA Kush Cake. If you happened to love that strain, you could easily see the percentage of terpenes and realise that its most dominant terpene (at 29%) was a-farnasene, which is more of a rare terpene, but it’s also quite high in caryophyllene (17%) and limonene (12%).  So, when you’re trying something new, you’ll want to look for strains that feature those 3 prominently, so perhaps Natural History’s Fruit Cake (high in caryophyllene and limonene) or BLKMKT’s Peanut Butter Mac (dominant in caryophyllene and limonene with farnesene listed) would be the next new thing to try.

It is important to keep in mind that everyone has different preferences and there will of course be variance between licensed producers (and even batches within that LP) because cannabis is a plant and nature is never cookie-cutter or easily standardized. Yet the cannabis industries trending toward detailed terpene profiles means you can learn more, and the more info you have, the better choices you can make!

 Come visit your local Jimmy’s to check out all the new strains and let the experimentation begin!

Some of the high terpene strains we have available at Jimmy’s right now!:

Black Cherry Punch and Lilac Diesel from REDECAN

Sage N Sour from MTL CANNABIS

Lemon Berry from NESS

Blue Lemon Thai and Purple Punch from TABLE TOP

Chimp Mints from JVCC 

Cherry Burst from HIGHLAND GROW

Peanurt Butter Mac, MacFlurry, and Alien Sin Mint from BLKMKT 

Sour OG Cheese from BZAM

Hippie Headbanger from BUDCOAST

Kush Mints, Mac1, Sour Tangie, Pineapple Express, and Point Break from QWEST

Cherry Punch from ORGANICRAFT

Tuttie Fruity from WEED ME

Platinum Punch from SIMPLY BARE

Terp Slush from GREYBEARD

Pedro’s Sweet Sativa and Ghost Train Haze from COLOUR CANNABIS

OG Sour Diesel from WILDLIFE