The simplest explanation is: terpenes are the ‘essential oils’ of plants, fruits, and even bugs!
We like to focus on the terpenes in cannabis for multiple reasons.
Everything you already love about a cannabis high, smell, and taste is thanks to the terpenes!
Terpenes are secreted by tiny glands in the cannabis plant. Then we can harvest and use them for medical and recreational purposes.
Each terpene has it’s own characteristics, ‘Limonene’ for example is found in cannabis as well as citrus fruits. Weed strains with limonene have the smell of an orange (think Tangie) or other citrus fruits (Lemon Haze will smell like lemons). Limonene’s healing properties include being an antidepressant, antifungal, and antibacterial!
There are over 200 terpenes found in cannabis (according to MedicalJane.com) Each one holds its own terpene specific benefit and knowing terpene profiles can help recreational and medical users customize their smoking experience.
One way to elevate your terpene experience it to pick a primary terpene in the strain your smoking or dabbing (if the packaging doesn’t include a terp profile, try google!) and then research what foods have the same or similar terpenes.
If you’re smoking a ‘Tangie’ or ‘Lemon’ strain, try eating an orange. Just trust us.
When street-acquired cannabis was tested, they found fecal-born, illness-causing e. Coli bacteria and aspergillis fungus in dangerous amounts because of the concealed “acorn” method of illegal smuggling.
E. coli causes bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and severe pain. Apergillis can cause breathing problems.
Up to 40% of the bags tested had “””the aroma of faeces”””!!!
88% of the bud and hash tested was deemed NOT suitable for consumption
Come to Oregon and experience the best of organic grown cannabis… no poop contamination here! Where it’s legal, it’s safe.
Oregon announced this week, hoping to curb the black-market weed flow, they will start cracking down on medical growers who don’t report their grow to the state. Only 15% of growers listed for medical patients comply with the reporting requirement currently. Reporting rules don’t apply to patients growing for themselves at home.
New Jersey announced today, they will no longer train police dogs to search and alert for cannabis. WIth legalization around the corner for the armpit of New York, dogs trained to find burning bushes and joints would go crazy. We imagine.
Currently trained dogs will be used in school settings, or jails, where no cannabis should be burnt.
5. The Michigan Mitten… What does it mean???
Cloud Cover Cannabis (One of Q+Z’s fave farms) is potentially hauling 2000 miles to put their product on the shelves of michigan dispensaries! (ZBD has done this move, the market must be JUICY to make that business trip!)
Even in the midst of all these hybrid, shi-shi strains of exotic cannabis, there exists a desire by many to search out the landrace strains of old.
The quest isn’t simply to find the exact herb consumed in the latter part of the 20th Century; these cannasseurs often want a stronger high, like the newer hybrids.
So, in the strictest sense of the term, they want pure strains. Ones that have only been crossed, or mainly bred for strength within its own kind.
In this article, we’re going in search of one particular characteristic of the weed of old. We’re seeking weed that expands.
Back then, you could find this characteristic in many of the Thai Sticks and Buddha Sticks from Thailand. Also, in the local college dormitories, the students from Hawaii often had small amounts of their island herb; it also expanded.
So, what are we talking about?
Your host puts a smidgen of weed into a small, one-hit, bong bowl. Taking a look, you think him or her to be a bit stingy with the herb.
Still, being polite, you graciously take the hit offered. You inhale slowly, and then hold your breath, to show all that every last bit of the smoke permeates the cells of your lungs.
All of a sudden, you feel the smoke expanding in your lungs. Within seconds, you realize, you won’t be able to hold in the hit for very long.
So, you decide to slowly and expertly exhale, in a controlled release of spent smoke. Unfortunately, or actually fortunately, it doesn’t work out that way … you cough your lungs out.
As you catch your breath, you can’t wipe the silly grin off your face. This is a special strain of cannabis.
Note: The expression If you don’t cough, you don’t get off hailed from these expanding weeds. Over time, tokers generalized the statement to any type of coughing to get you high. We challenge the myth of necessary coughing to get high here.
False Gods Like False Coughs
Don’t mistake this quality with harsh herbs, or harvests that weren’t dried and cured properly. You don’t cough because of any nasty qualities.
The incredibly small hit manages to pack, not only a big punch, but a big flavor. It fills your lungs with an exotic smoke, and at first, you think you’ll be able to hold your hit like a pro.
Not only does the high creep up on you, but the expansion in your lungs also takes you a bit by surprise.
In a similar way that people falsely name any harsh strain to be a Cough (like an imposter Strawberry Cough), many falser proclaim that this weed or that weed will expand in the lungs, and make you cough your lungs out.
Don’t be fooled by the imitation expanders.
You want a hit to creep up and grip your lungs, not force you to hock up your left lung while trying to catch your breath.
Finding The Holy Grail of Lung Pounders
Can you find this quality in the newer, crosses of cannabis?
Absolutely, but you’ll have to search for the characteristic.
Even if you accept the recommendations of others, you still need to test the weed yourself. One person’s idea of expand-o weed is another person’s throat irritant.
Start your search by experimenting with minuscule rips in a nice, cooling bong or water pipe (bubbler).
Take in the small hit, and hold it. Feel it in your lungs. Does it just sit there, or can you feel the beginnings of … the bellows being filled?
Move on to the next and the next … and the next.
Searching can be so much fun.
Sharing the Rare Cannabis Experience
Once you have found an expander, be it landrace or hybrid, share the experience with other cannasseurs.
Explain the effect that they should look for. Contrast the weed that expands with a smooth hit, that just sits in your lungs waiting for you to exhale.
Show how small in size the hit you’re filling them is. Then watch their surprise as they fail to hold their breath.
Even make a game out of it to see who can hold in the rip without coughing.
At the end of the session, gift them a small nug, warning and reminding them to keep the hits small. Don’t waste the smoke.
In general, you don’t need to cough in order to get high, but in this rare case, the lung-filling effect will add to the experience.