Smoking terpenes became incredibly popular in the last few years thanks to their unique effects.
Although terpenes are present in nearly all existing plants;
it’s only recently been discovered how each terpene effects us, and how you can enrich any smoking experience with the terpenes.
Read along to understand what terpenes are, how they work within the body, and why smoking terpenes along with cannabis enhance cannabis effects.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are organic compounds that are found throughout the entire plant kingdom.
Terpenes are produced by plants to act as defenders or attractors.
In one case, a plant can produce terpenes to protect itself from harmful predators.
In another case, terpenes can lure beneficial organisms to a plant’s flowers - such as bees.
Researchers have found thousands of distinct terpene compounds.
In many cases, plants contain a wide variety of terpenes to create complex aromas.
However, humans have now begun to pay closer attention to their aromatic properties.
The term "terpene" was coined in 1866 by the German chemist August Kekulé
What Do Terpenes Do?
From a human perspective, terpenes have been found to provide unique physical and mental effects.
Not only does smoking terpenes provide incredible flavors for the palate, but they also enhance the aroma of a given herb.
For example, the dominant terpene in lavender is linalool.
Linalool is known to give lavender its unique aroma that many find comforting. Furthermore, linalool is researched to contain anti-anxiety properties that help users relax.
This is why smoking terpenes, such as linalool, can help reduce anxiety-based symptoms.
Another smokable herb we can mention is chamomile.
Many of us know that drinking chamomile tea is relaxing.
The reason for that hide in a small compound- Bisabolol terpene.
You can get a calm and relaxation with herbal smoking blends based on chamomile.
As well you can combine chamomile tobacco (or any herbal tobacco enriched with terpenes) with cannabis to get an extra effect.
Here’s a list of effects when smoking terpenes:
- Reduce stress
- Increase focus
- Decrease depression
- Relieve insomnia
- Stimulate mood
- Increase blood flow
- Increase energy
- And much more
Different terpenes - different effects
Smoking Terpenes in Herbal Blends
When it comes to increasing the flavor and aroma of your smoke (cigarettes or cannabis), terpenes enriched herbal smoking blends are the solution.
When rolling your cigarette, you can swap out harmful tobacco for terpene enriched herbal blends.
These blends contain natural herbs, along with natural terpenes.
The same can be done when you smoke cannabis.
By adding terpene enriched herbal blends to cannabis, you can increase the overall effects because terpenes help direct cannabinoids to your endocannabinoid receptors.
Therefore, the benefits of terpene enriched herbal blends are that you’ll have a more effective experience while smoking cannabis.
However, if you don’t smoke cannabis, then a herbal cigarette that’s filled with terpene enriched herbal blends will provide unforgettable flavors and effects (without causing any addiction).
The Cannabis Industry and Smoking Terpenes
Recently, terpenes have been rediscovered in the cannabis industry.
Cannabis plants contain a wide variety of terpenes, which are all known to provide different aromas, flavors, and effects.
Before, the effects of a cannabis flower were only attributed to cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD.
However, it’s now known that terpenes are the primary contributors to the effects felt when consuming cannabis.
However, it’s essential to understand that terpenes are not psychoactive, which means they do not provide a “high” effect.
Each cannabis contains several terpenes
One of the reasons why terpenes created a big buzz among cannabis smokers, is thanks to what known as an entourage effect.
Terpenes improve the absorption of the cannabinoids what's improve the CBD and THC (therapeutic) potential.
In other words, if you want to enhance cannabis effects, all you need to do it's just to pick the right terpene.
It is important to remember that we all consume cannabis for different reasons and it will affect us all differently.
Therefore, you should try cannabis and terpenes combination slowly and carefully.
First, try to understand which strains of cannabis and which terpenes provide effects that are suitable for you during the day, and which ones provide effects that are suitable for the night hours.
Enjoy the benefits of cannabis and terpenes can offer you.
The additional amount of terpenes enhances the effect of cannabis
New and Improved Smoking Terpenes
Recently, a new and innovative technique allows extract terpenes out of herbs and cannabis, to create terpene enriched products.
For example, one of the favorite product of cannabis smokers is the terpenes spray.
Terpenes spray allows you to add different terpenes to your cannabis or herbal cigarette to create the entourage effect.
As well, the terpene spray will increase the aromas of your smoke.
Along the terpenes smoking accessories, we also can mention the pre-rolled cones enriched with a wide variety of cannabis terpenes (as Mango Kush, Jack Herer, Pineapple Express).
These products allow users to smoke terpenes alone or add them directly to cannabis or herbal tobacco.
Now, users can enhance the overall flavor, aroma, and effects of their cannabis-based products or herbal blends with the help of cannabis terpenes.
However, the question remains - would you rather smoke isolated terpenes or consume them naturally in herbal products?
Smoking Terpenes Naturally
Those of you who prefer to consume the terpenes through herbs, rather than through concentrated products, can try herbal cigarettes, and herbal-based tobacco substitutes.
Different medicinal herbs contain a variety of terpenes.
For example, we can mention the mint as a herb that contains a limonene terpene.
You can easily find herbal smoking blends based on the mint herb, and that way enjoy the benefits of the terpenes in it.
While we all can agree that smoking isn’t something healthy;
There is one main benefit of smoking.
This method breaks the blood-brain barrier in just 6-8 seconds.
Because of this herbal mixture (herbal cigarettes) are especially useful for temporary relief, nicotine cravings, etc.
By smoking herbal tobacco, you can enjoy a wide variety of terpenes, and even release nicotine craving, and others quit smoking symptoms.
So if you want to smoke terpenes naturally, all you need its just a few herbs that you can easily find in any herb store.
Of course, you can also find herbal cigarettes and herbal rolling tobacco infused with isolated terpenes for enhancing effects.
The range of options for smoking terpenes is really wide, you will easily find the most convenient way for you.