If you are new to growing or consuming products in the Cannabis industry, a major part of the plant’s benefits can be broken down into two main categories called Cannabinoids and Terpenes. Usually found in THC and CBD products, Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds secreted by Cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. Terpenes, on the other hand, are secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids but they are the aromatic oils that color cannabis varieties with distinctive flavors like citrus, berry, mint, and pine. Terpenes can mainly be described as the amazing aroma that soothes the mind and body, and believe it or not you have already experienced Terpenes all of your life. Examples of Terpenes in everyday life can range from the citrusy smell of an orange, unique aroma of pine trees, and they’re even responsible for the relaxing effects in lavender. Simply put, Terpenes are the chemicals that determine how things smell and in Cannabis, they can serve multiple purposes such as protecting the plant attracting insects that will benefit the plant. In Cannabis plants, Terpenes form in the Trichomes (tiny hairs). Since Cannabis plants are mostly wind pollinated, they primarily produce terpenes to protect themselves from plant-eating animals.
There are over 20,000 different Terpenes in existence; with Cannabis plants taking up 100 of them, the smells in each strain directly relate to the effects felt by consumers and patients. The Terpene Myrcene boosts anti-inflammatory effects, while the Terpene Pinene boosts pain relief and combats stress. Terpenes also impact how Cannabis products are marketed online and throughout dispensaries. Consumers buy products based on how the product makes them feel. Cannabis products are no different. One consumer might be looking for a product that boosts energy levels and supports focus, while another might want a product that decreases anxiety. As cannabis plants reach the end of the flowering stage, their Terpene levels will be at their highest, which is why we recommend using JEWEL throughout the entire plant growth cycle and as a foliar feed spray in flower. The higher the level of terpene counts the higher amount of yield equalling bigger profits and happier customers.
The Health Benefits of Terpenes
For many people the word ‘Terpene’ is a strange and unfamiliar term, but it won’t be for much longer as science and technology carry us to better understanding of Cannabis and its components. Inhaling the scent of certain Terpenes in nature has been associated with a boost in emotional well-being also known as Aromatherapy. This emotional well-being is why growers of Hemp and Cannabis based products pride themselves in having plants with high counts of Terpenes. The main types of Terpenes found in plants can be broken down to Myrcene, Limonene, Pinene, Linalool, Caryophyllene, and Humulene. These main Terpene profiles have been found in abundance not only in nature but also in Cannabis plants.
New studies demonstrate that Terpenes have physical health benefits as well as mental.
Increase Terpene Counts with JEWEL
When it comes to producing high amounts of Terpene levels there are many factors that influence a plant’s development including climate, weather, age, fertilizers, soil type, and even the time of day. Plant nutrients, like JEWEL help aid the plant to improve the absorption of nutrients naturally increasing the sugar levels in your plant’s metabolism. This will also cause the plant to become resistant to disease and it will make the plant stronger. Since JEWEL includes 0% Nitrogen, it can be used throughout the entire flowering stage and also as a foliar spray to boost Terpene production. By using a validated third party scientific testing method to analyze Potency, Terpenes, Residual Solvents, Microbials and Chemical Residues, the results came back stating that 3 Gems JEWEL will on average increase Terpene counts by 22.5%.
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