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Terpenes for the Holiday Season

Holiday Inspired Terpenes

The holiday season can be a treat for the senses!

Typically, this time of year would bring the feeling of warm woollen mittens and cold winter air.  Candlelight, twinkling lights and brightly coloured packages are common sights during the holidays.  The sounds of sleigh bells and friendly neighbours singing festive carols fills the night air.  Traditional meals and treats are made especially for the occasion, to satisfy taste buds.  For many people, the mix of roasting chestnuts, fresh pine and warm apple cider often represent the aroma of the season.

These aromas are made possible by essential oils found in a variety of plants and insects, which are called terpenes. Compounds are also present in cannabis, making some strains perfect for enjoying the holiday season.  Learn about the basics of terpenes by visiting this informative article on THE LEAF.  Below is a shortlist of these holiday-inspired terpenes and the regulated products available in Canada now.

Winter Forest Inspired Terpenes:

Pinophyta (or Conifers) including cedars, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauris, larches, pines, redwoods, spruces, and yews all contain terpenes.  Aside from the more well-known Alpha-Pinene and Beta-Pinene, you can also find Delta 3 Carene and Camphene.  This Strainprint article notes that Delta 3 Carene has an aroma that is heavily influenced by cedar. You can find it in basil, bell pepper, rosemary, and turpentine.  Often mistaken for Myrcene, Camphene is described in this article from Royal Queen Seeds as having a musky odour of fir needles and damp earth.

The available product containing Delta 3 Carene includes Super Lemon Haze and is being produced by BackForty, Qwest and Delta 9.  Strains containing Camphene include AC/DC, by producers such as Wayfarer and Blissco. It is also found in OG Kush, which is being produced by Canaca and Redecan.

Candy Cane and Peppermint Inspired Terpenes:

Terpenes are responsible for that minty aroma and taste you experience when enjoying festive treats.  For example, the terpene Eucalyptol (also known as Cineole) has a fresh, minty scent.  Which is found in Eucalyptus, Camphor Laurel, Bay Leaves, Tea Tree and so on.  According to MM Enterprises, this particular compound is one of the most researched terpenes.  It is also added to several mainstream products like gum and cough drops, etc. Another terpene known for its minty characteristics is Borneol and is a compound that is regularly used in the perfume industry.  It can be found in other plants such as ginger, thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram, cardamom, cinnamon, mint and more.

Some cannabis strains containing Eucalyptol include Super Silver Haze and Headband.  The regulated producers carrying this strain include Pure Sunfarms, Grail and Palmetto.  There is a multitude of strains containing Borneol, including OG Kush and Sour Diesel.  Many producers have a variant of Sour Diesel and are also available from Quest at this time.

Orange and Clove Inspired Terpenes:

The universal symbol of the holidays, for some, is the mandarin orange.  A good example of a citrus-based terpene is Valencene which is found in Valencia oranges, other citrus fruits and even some fresh herbs.  It smells citrusy and sweet, as you would expect.   What compliments the smell of citrus during the holidays?  The spicy hint of clove!  The terpenes in this spice vary, but the most common is Humulene.  It’s typically found in other plants like sage and black pepper.  Providing the herb with an aroma that is earthy, woody and spicy.  It is regularly associated with Caryophyllene, a terpene common in hops, cloves and black pepper.

The most common strain containing this terpene is Tangie.  Currently, there is one producer who carries this- HEXO.  There are several strains containing Humulene, including White Widow, from Canaca, 7ACRES, Redecan, Spinach and more!  And Pink Kush, known as an iconic strain, is currently being produced by Top Leaf, Wayfarer, and Pure Sunfarms.

No matter what sensation you hope to experience this holiday, cannabis terpenes can enhance the season.  Learn about the most common terpenes found in cannabis in this previous article.  Talk with a Spiritleaf concierge for more information by visiting a location nearest you, click here. *Must be of legal age.

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