Whether you’re taking a walk in the great outdoors or in the garden, you only have to inhale the scent from a bunch of lavender or pinch a mint leaf to know that a wide variety of herbs and plants emit a fantastic array of unique, natural aromas and flavors.
The organic compounds that provide these flavors and aromas in a variety of fruits, herbs and plants, including Cannabis, are commonly referred to as Terpenes.
In the Cannabis plant specifically over 100 different terpenes have been identified and it is the composition of these which give each strain its unique and distinctive flavor profile such as citrus, sweet, diesel, earthy, woody, pine etc which are delivered to your palate. You will also see that certain terpenes are more prevalent in indicas Vs. sativas hence why typically sativas are more citrus and indicas are more woody, earthy and diesel to the smell (this is a rule of thumb and not precise!)
Of course, flavors and aromas are subjective for everyone, and different terpenes are associated with different effects. Linalool, for example is believed to promote relaxation and stress relief, whereas other terpenes such as Limonene may be associated with a more uplifting mood; the effect of each terpene may also change in the presence of a plant’s compounds and cannabinoids and it is this which is referred to as the entourage effect. The Entourage Effect is around understanding how all the compounds, working together, are greater than the sum of their parts to get greater benefit from the plant.
Like cannabinoids, terpenes have their own individual vaporization temperatures/ boiling points. These can vary widely but at the heart of replicating the flavor profile of your chosen herb is the ability to dial into the precise temperature levels to achieve this full extraction. Getting this right can mean the difference between a pleasurable experience or not. Too hot from the start and you boil off more delicate compounds and miss their effects and flavour.
The entourage effect continues to be a topic of huge discussion. Users are changing the way in which they consume flower in modern vaporizers as they look to extract the full flavor profile and effects from their chosen material, whilst avoiding combustion and wastage of their material.
At GHOST we are focused on truly replicating your material’s full flavor potential with complete extraction along the temperature spectrum. It’s what we like to call a ‘taste what you smell’ experience. This is achieved through our on-demand true convection heat technology within the MV1 Vaporizer. The customisable temperatures allow you to target specific cannabinoids to help you achieve a desired effect and ensure you do not waste any part of the material.
Below we have listed out some of the more prominent terpenes (1) along with their extraction temperatures to maximise the enjoyment of your favourite flower. Enjoy!
|Terpene||Aroma||Vape Temp||Naturally Found In|
|Pinene||Pine||311°F (155°c)||Pine needles, Rosemary, Basil, Dill, Parsley|
|Myrcene||Cloves, Earthy, Herbal||332°F (167°c)||Mango, Lemongrass, Thyme, Hops|
|Limonene||Citrus||348°F (176°c)||Fruit rind, Rosemary, Juniper, Peppermint|
|Caryophyllene||Pepper, Spicy, Woody, Cloves||266°F (130°c)||Black Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon|
|Humulene||Woody, Earthy||222°F (106°c)||Hops, Coriander, Cloves, Basil|
1 – Source: Leafly