Whenever I’m introduced to new cannabis one of the first things I do is smell it. Why is that? What am I looking for? What does the scent tell me? You might be surprised by the amount of information that one can uncover with a good ol’ fashioned low-tech smell test. Not only can I glean what flavours to expect, but also the effects. For example, if I detect citrus in the smell I might expect stress relieving effects when I partake.
How could I possibly know that? I’ve learned about terpenes, a natural aromatic compound found in all sorts of different plants including cannabis. Not only are terpenes responsible for smells and flavours, like lavender, citrus or pine, but they also work with cannabinoids like THC and CBD to determine the effects we experience. Just like THC and CBD, terpenes exist in varying levels, so not every plant contains every terpene. Which terpenes exist and in what quantities in a plant is called a ‘terpene profile’. I have found that strains that smell good to me have effects I enjoy more, my nose knows!