THC, CBD and other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant used to get the most press about their potential medical efficacies, but lately, terpenes are coming into the spotlight thanks to their role in controlling your cannabis experience. You can think of cannabinoids as the gas pedal and terpenes as the steering wheel — it’s the terpenes that determine where you’re going.
Terpenes are the compounds responsible for most of the scent and taste of plants such as lavender (linalool), rosemary (alpha-pinene) and hops (myrcene) and even cannabis. True Terpenes is an industry leader in supplying terpenes to brands in the cannabis, cosmetic, supplement, food or beverage fields.
However, the cannabis plant is actually much more complex than just cannabinoids and terpenes. What does that mean? We’re talking about things like esters, ketones, flavonoids and other compounds that create the flavors, aromas and tastes that are found in cannabis and other plants.
Terpenes may be the favorite aromatic compounds at the Portland-based terpene-blend-creating company True Terpenes, but they’re not the only compounds that do the trick. For example, esters are known for being found in pineapple and are also responsible for those same flavor notes in several cannabis varieties. However, while terpenes are heavily explored and variations in cultivars have been noted, there is still a lot of unknowns in regard to the diversity of these remaining compounds in cannabis.
“We love the cannabis plant and all the diverse compounds that can be found there,” True Terpenes Founder Ben Cassiday said. “The entire spectrum of compounds is why the entourage effect is so powerful.”
True Terpenes’ new infused strain profiles bring these added dimensions of flavor and effects by infusing terpene profiles with these additional compounds, gathered from other botanical sources. You can taste the extra layers of citrus in the Forbidden Fruit or the sweet chocolate mint of Thin Mint Cookies. The newest offerings in the Infused line up are Lemon Jack, Strawberry Cough, Grape Ape, Maui Wowie, and Purple Punch.
Utilizing the added ketones, esters, flavonoids and other phytochemicals has also unchained True Terpenes’ team of “terpigicians” to explore a whole new world of flavor. These explorations have led to some of the most nuanced profiles available. It also led to the creation of an entirely new product category at True Terpenes: TERP Flavors.
TERP Flavors are a terpene-based flavor solution similar to True Terpenes’ Strain Profiles, except with a focus on more common flavors like green apple or grape instead of mimicking cannabis flavor, like Granddaddy Purple or OG Kush. Terp Flavors also contain a mixture of the additional phytochemicals.
Each TERP Flavor comes in both an “up” and “down” formulation, which will either put a little pep in your step or help you unwind respectively.
Of course, for the purists in the cannabis industry, True Terpenes still carries their Precision Strain Profiles that precisely replicate the analytical testing data from cannabis flowers. True Terpenes also recently launched 10 new precision profiles: Jack Herer, Skywalker OG, Bubba Kush, King Louis XIII, God’s Gift, Agent Orange, Lemon Kush, Mendo Breath, Fire OG and Northern Lights.
Although True Terpenes has an extensive collection of flavors, we all have a unique palette and imagination. Why have the same blend as everyone else when you can make your own? To help you find your flavor, True Terpenes suggests blending two or three of their products together. Mix Grape Terp Flavor with their OG Kush Precision Profile to create Grape Kush. Feeling a bit more patriotic? Perhaps you’ll make your own American Dream out of Blue Dream and the Strawberry MCTxTerps Flavor. There are more than 400,000 flavor possibilities utilizing just True Terpenes products.
Whether you’re a cannabis processor, a hemp company, brewer, chef or just use flavors at home, it’s up to you to make something new.
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