Terpenes are organic compounds that are produced by a variety of plants, including the cannabis plant. If you are familiar with the cannabis plant, you are familiar with its distinct odor. And if you are really familiar with cannabis, you know that different strains have different appearances and odors. Well, terpenes play a major role in creating these differences from strain to strain. They are otherwise known as essential oils, the aromatic compounds of plants which have immense therapeutic value on their own.
So yesterday I ventured to the local dispensary to stock up on some cannabis products. I decided to splurge on a new terpene vape cartridge and battery to give it a try. The difference between the terpene cartridges and other vaporizing cartridge/pens on the market is that the terpene cartridges are not mixed with cutting agents that may have negative impacts for the consumer. Cutting agents are used to reduce the viscosity of cannabis oil so that a small atomizer heated by battery can effectively vaporize the oil, releasing the cannabinoids via inhalation. (These same cutting agents can be found in e-cigarette juice.) Cutting agents that are commonly used include vegetable glycerin, polyethylene glycol, or other petroleum-derived products which may be carcinogenic and cause harm to the nervous system. The terpene cartridges contain none of these agents. Instead, these cartridges include a blend of terpenes to cut the viscosity of cannabis oil. As a result, terpene vape cartridges may be safer in the long run, although I will continue to research and use caution as I explore with these new products on the market.
So now you understand why I chose this product, let’s talk about the strain. I chose an indica-dominant strain called Blueberry as I’ve really been needing to sleep and insomnia has been hanging out ever since the eclipse last week. A few inhales off of my new vape pen did the job. It took a couple hours, but I slept through the night. I also noted that it reduced pain and tension along my spine. I was definitely impressed. And that blueberry flavor…Very strong, very yummy!
As always dear readers, wishing you a wonderful day and good start to the week! If you have any questions, or need help finding your way through the cannabis space so that you can find products that work for you, please reach out to me! Much love, many hugs. Namaste <3