I work with cannabis users every day in my role at Diego Pellicer. I often meet customers who come into the store looking for the highest concentration of THC for the lowest price. It is my duty to explain to them why 31% THC may not be their most important consideration. Cannabis today is so much more than Indica and Sativa, I tell them. There are many other components of the plant to consider when using cannabis.
Today, the sophisticated cannabis user is getting educated about Terpenes. Terps, play no small part in how the marijuana you are smoking makes you feel, how high you get, and the various moods it creates. It is especially important for those of us professionals in the emerging legal cannabis industry to better to understand the complexities of the cannabis plant.
There is so much to learn about Terpenes that entrepreneur Amanda Mac founded Seattles Terp School. Her mission was to create a place to share knowledge about our favorite plant, in a very cannabis-friendly environment. As MJBA’s Ambassador-At-Large, I am committed to supporting cannabis education, and to working with like-minded industry professionals to establish best practices, and so I was delighted to serve as master of ceremonies for the venue’s first workshop on June 7th at Heylo Extracts in Seattle SODO.
Featured speakers at this first workshop included Daniel Luebke, Heylo, who predicted that today’s Sativa and Indica labels will soon be replaced with more comprehensive terpene profiles, and Cannabinder co-founder Tom Heller, who detailed the database of such profiles his company is building. Other presenters included GreenWay’s Ben Cassiday, Confidence Analytics’ Nick Mosely and Wick & Mortar’s Jared Mirsky.
Among the highlights: We learned that there are some 30,000 different Terpenes that have been identified. And more than 130 terpenes have been identified in Cannabis alone!
We learned that Terps give us flavor and fragrance.
Terpenes, Flavinoids, THC, CBD, CBN, CBG…Cannabis has many active components. I learned so much during my first workshop at Terp Sch00l, and I know I will be back!