KYND Cannabis Company Booklet Page 19

Terpenes & Potency – A Primer from Kynd Cannabis Co.

People may have passable knowledge about cannabinoids and terpenes, but they’re probably less familiar with the role terpenes play in a strain’s potency. Researchers are just beginning to understand the therapeutic benefits of terpenes, but what we’re learning is interesting stuff.

kynd-cannabis-terpenes-potencyMeet the Terpene

When you take a good sniff of your favorite cannabis strain, what you’re smelling in that pungent aroma – the one that varies so incredibly from one strain to the next – are terpenes. These are fragrant oils secreted by the sticky resin glands in the flower – right where cannabinoids like THC and CBD are produced. And because they’re so volatile, they dissipate quickly.

Cannabis isn’t the only plant to produce terpenes – plenty of herbs, plants and fruits have them as well. Terpenes offer plants protection against things like bacteria, fungus, environmental stressors, and insects.

Properties and psychoactive effects vary from one terpene to the next. While there are some 200 terpenes that have been found in cannabis, just a handful of them show up in significant amounts.

  • Myrcene – This is believed to be the most abundant terpene found in cannabis, and in some strains, it can make up over half of the plant’s terpene profile. Myrcene is associated with antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimutagenic properties.
  • Caryophyllene and Beta Caryophyllene – This terpene is a powerhouse, credited with relieving stress, pain, anxiety and depression, even oxidation, which is related to degenerative diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Alpha and Beta Pinene –  If you’ve ever registered a crisp, refreshing odor in plants, you’re smelling pinene. Scents can vary from piney to herbal. Therapeutic benefits include antibacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-proliferative properties, along with memory boosting power.
  • Limonene – This is the citrusy aroma found in citrus fruits, pine needles and herbs. It’s both a stress-buster and a mood booster, and it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal.

terpene-potency-wheelThe Effect of Terpenes on THC

You’ve heard of the entourage effect – the synergistic relationship between cannabinoids that magnify their therapist benefits. Terpenes play another role. Together with CBD, terpenes can mitigate the often wild psychoactivity of THC, dulling unwanted effects like anxiety. Some terpenes, like pinene, can potentially inhibit the effects of THC. That’s because it crosses from the bloodstream to the brain quickly. For users looking for a lower THC effect without sacrificing the entourage effect, a strain with a high pinene profile might be just the ticket.

What does that mean to you, as a recreational or medicinal user? Pay attention to more than just the THC/CBD content, and start reading the terpene profile. Bottom line – terpene profiles vary depending on the strain, and understanding the terpene potency in your strain will help you dial into the effects you want.

Oh, and one more thing – Kynd Cannabis Company includes full terpene profiles in our lab results. This information is available at any dispensary selling KYND products, so don’t hesitate to ask for it. The more you know!


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One of the benefits of purchasing your cannabis products from a dispensary is peace of mind. You know that each product has been tested for safety, quality and potency. Whether you’re consuming for specific therapeutic benefits or a recreational experience, you should know what to expect in terms of potency and medicinal effects.

That’s where cannabis testing comes in. Read more


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Spoiler. It’s this cannabis company. Read more


A Look at Cannabis-Infused Topicals and How They Work

Cannabis consumption has come a long way from joints and bongs, and cannabis-infused topicals are a perfect example. It’s a versatile mode of consumption that changes things for a lot of people by removing hurdles relating to safety, efficacy and accessibility. If you’re ready interesting in learning more about cannabis-infused topicals, here’s what to know. Read more


Cannabis 101: Regular vs Infused Pre-Rolls

A pre-roll is a patient or recreational consumer-ready joint that comes ready to smoke. Because joints are relatively inexpensive, discreet, disposable and easy to share, they’ve earned a sort of iconic status in the world of cannabis. So what’s the catch? Rolling one can be tricky! Here at Kynd Cannabis Company, we’re proud to offer regular and infused pre-rolls. Read on to learn what sets the two products apart, and why you can be certain that Kynd pre-rolls are always high quality. Read more


A Look at Cannabis Capsules

While more and more people are looking to medical cannabis to find relief from a range of ailments, some of those who could benefit the most are put off by certain consumption methods. For some patients, smoking marijuana feels illicit. Fortunately, there are other ways to safely consume cannabis. Cannabis capsules are one of them. Read more


Kynd Cannabis Spotlight: AK 47 Cannabis Strain

The more you know about cannabis strains, the better equipped you are to choose the right one for your needs. To that end, we’re taking a look at all the Kynd Cannabis strains in a new spotlight series.

Kynd Cannabis Spotlight: AK 47

The name may be intimidating, but AK 47 is a mellow strain well suited for creative and social situations. Heavy on the sativa, this hybrid plant offers a long and steady cerebral impact that leaves you mentally focused and pleasantly creative. Read more


Vape Pens 101 – A Look at This Discreet Method of Medicating

Vape pens (short for vaporizer) are an increasingly popular way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis – without the burn. If you’re new to cannabis, you may be wondering, what are vape pens? How do they work? What kind should I use? These are good questions, so we wrote this vape pens 101 primer to bring you up to speed. Here’s what you should know about this discreet method of medicating. Read more