In the world of weed, THC, cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabinoids get all the praise, but cannabis’s secret weapons are terpenes.  

Terpenes are volatile essential oils that are found in all plants and are responsible for their smell and taste. More than 200 terpenes have been found in cannabis, but only a small percentage are in amounts large enough to be noteworthy. These oils are what create a specific strains scent and flavor, but that’s not all what they do.

Terpenes actually can enhance your high with their properties – making your high longer and stronger, or make your high less intense if you had too much. The way that terpenes react with compounds within the cannabis plant is known as the “entourage effect.” 

These six terpene products can enhance the experience of your high.

Meraki Tips

When it comes to crutches, you need to drop your old ones and come to the terp side. Meraki offers two types of tips: Peaceful and Sayonara. If you are sensitive to THC but want to smoke, Peaceful Tips offer a proprietary blend intended to mitigate anxiety. If you are looking to boost the effects of a particular strain, Sayonara Tips are for you. This is actually wonderful, as you can use less herb to get robust effects. Talk about a money saver! 

For each tip that Meraki sells, it donates some proceeds to the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a Santa Cruz, California-based organization working to study medically beneficial uses for THC as well as psychedelics.

Price: $12 per tip 

True Terpenes’ Terp Flavors

Any essential oil lover will be pleased with True Terpenes‘ superior line of food-grade, ultra-pure, and molecularly refined terpene isolates. Each product is rigorously tested for heavy metals, pesticides, and residual solvents. These undiluted essential oils can create almost limitless possibilities of effects when mixed with the strains you smoke, edibles you create at home, and any cartridges you want to tinker with. Note: These terpenes are winterized and must be diluted with a carrier oil prior to consumption.

Lift Tickets Rolling Papers and Cones

These devilishly delicious natural rolling papers and cones are infused with strain-specific terpenes that will make you never look at any other papers again. These are a must-have for anyone who loves a solid, classic jay. Because they are strain-specific, these rolling papers will bring about similar properties of the strains they are named after.

Price: $5-$70

Lulu’s Chocolate

What could make dark chocolate better? Try adding raw vegan chocolate infused with a blend of terpenes and hemp-derived CBD oil. That should do it. 

But seriously, this sinfully decadent chocolate bar has a specific terpene profile that aims to relax. This can also be useful for consumers who have either eaten or smoked too much, as CBD is known to help reduce the effects of THC

Price: $12-$132

Kush Candles

Most people can get down with candles, but terpene-infused candles take it to the next level. These handmade candles are made from soy wax, pure hempseed oil, pure cotton wicks, and organic terpenes – enough to make anyone smile for miles. They also have more than 50 hours of burn time, allowing you to have many smoking seshes with just one candle. Because each candle is strain-specific, it contains precise terpene blends, which means different candles will enhance your mood in different ways.

Price: $14.99

Pandora’s Pops

These mouthwatering vegan pops are made with terpenes and superfoods to provide the flavor of weed strains while getting the therapeutic benefits of terpenes. Grapefruit OG, Blackberry Kush, and Grape Wreck are the three flavors you can choose from to enrich your high. Keep several on hand, as they also help combat cottonmouth.

Price: $8-$65

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Jessica Catalano is a professional cannabis chef, cannabis edibles expert, recipe developer, cannabis food writer, the pioneer of strain-specific cannabis cuisine, and author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine published by Green Candy Press. Jessica explores the health benefits of using cannabis in everyday cooking, balanced nutrition, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Her penchant in life is to normalize cannabis through food and start the conversation one recipe at a time.

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