Terpene Tuesday: Guaiol

Guaiol is one of the terpenes that we still don't know very much about. It does seem to be an effective insecticide, particularly against aphids. It's also part of an essential oil shown to kill mites and ticks. It has a...

Terpene Spotlight: Humulene

Alpha humulene, also known as alpha caryophyllene, has an earthy/woody scent. It's found in hops, so it's responsible for the distinctive smell of beer. Like many terpenes, it fights harmful insects, but it also has some...

Terpene Spotlight: Valencene

Valencene is found in citrus fruit in abundant quantities, particularly Valencia oranges. Unsurprisingly, it has a sweet, fresh, citrusy scent that occasionally has notes of wood or fresh herbs. It contributes a rich, bitter...

Terpene Spotlight: Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis. In fact, it's so abundant that caryophyllene oxide is what drug-sniffing dogs smell when they identify cannabis. It is well-studied and offers some exciting...

Terpene Spotlight: Phytol

Phytol is our focus for this week's Terpene Tuesday. It's the by-product of chlorophyll breaking down and a precursor to both vitamin E and vitamin K -- if you take a multivitamin, this terpene probably contributed some of the...
Terpene Spotlight: Camphene

Terpene Spotlight: Camphene

Like most aspects of cannabis, camphene's medicinal properties are under-researched. Despite that, it does appear to be excellent for cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, there's just so much we don't know about this common...

Cooking with Cannabis

Cooking with Cannabis

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the Nevada County Women Grow meeting with Moonman's Mistress and DirtNinja Farm. The three of us talked about cooking with cannabis. It was a fun conversation -- thanks for all the...

Terpene Spotlight: Borneol

Terpene Spotlight: Borneol

The first time I drove through Nevada I fell in love with the way the desert smells at night. I didn't know it at the time, but that scent comes from sagebrush, the state flower. Sagebrush is high in borneol, which is part of...

Terpene Spotlight: Geraniol

Terpene Spotlight: Geraniol

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers... --Heinrich Heine If that is true, it's safe to say that geraniums feel quite affectionate toward their fellow creatures. The almost rose-like scent of geraniums is created by the...

Terpene Tuesday: Terpineol

Terpene Tuesday: Terpineol

Terpineol is found in many cannabis strains, but it's also widely used for its lovely floral scent. While it occurs naturally, it can also be derived from pinene. It has a wide variety of therapeutic uses, and it plays an...

Myrcene and Cannabis

Myrcene and Cannabis

Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. It's commonly believed that myrcene helps THC pass through the blood-brain barrier more efficiently, which results in a stronger, faster high. While the scientific...

Terpene Spotlight: Eucalyptol or Cineole

Terpene Spotlight: Eucalyptol or Cineole

Many people believe that Koalas are drunk or ‘high’. Eucalyptus leaves do not make them drunk or high, but instead provide a minimal amount of energy. Koalas therefore sleep for 18-20 hours per day to conserve their energy for...

Terpene Spotlight: Pinene

Terpene Spotlight: Pinene

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” - John Muir "The gelotophyllis ["leaves of laughter" or cannabis] grows in Bactria and along the Borysthenes. If this be taken in myrrh and wine all kinds of phantoms...

Terpene Spotlight: Linalool

Terpene Spotlight: Linalool

...for it is not to a wedding we are bound, but to go round the world, and play at give and take with giants and dragons and monsters, and hear hissings and roarings and bellowings and howlings; and even all this would be...

Terpene Spotlight: Limonene

Terpene Spotlight: Limonene

I’m sitting in a rustic whiskey bar, and across the crowded picnic table seating, a beautiful girl says to her friends “ I don’t know why, but I love citrus in any drink.”“Limonene” I say out loud with a smile. The group of...