Every plant has a unique smell. This is due to a component called terpenes which are molecules secreted inside the tiny resin glands located in your plants' buds.
Terpenes are responsible for the citrusy aroma in some strains, fruity and sweet notes in others and, while some may smell and taste like lavender, others can be more earthy and pungent.
These molecules also produce a wide range of medical effects. So far, we can find more than 100 kinds of Terpenes unique to plants like cannabis; this is the reason why the combination of terpenes and cannabinoids is the key for the entire success of medical cannabis.
Terpenes coexist with cannabinoids like THC and CBD. However, terpenes are no psychoactive but they have a great number of medicinal and therapeutic properties.
For example: Terpenes have the ability to interact with our endocannabinoid system and assist cannabinoids in entering the bloodstream through a process called the entourage effect.
Myrcene, for instance, increases cell permeability and allows cannabinoids to be absorbed faster than they would get on their own and this is when every cell in our buddy assimilates the benefits of this incredible plant.
Another is the Limonene which is responsible for increasing serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter in charge of our mood. This explains why different strains may have different effects on our mood.
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Increase Terpenes production and boost aroma, taste, and potency of your buds.
Now that we know these facts, our next step is to find out how could we increase the power of these components to end up with a strain capable of deliver a potent, flavorful, aromatic, and highly medicinal flower.
The process to increase the concentration of terpenes in your plants is very simple. In many cases you could use essential oils (terpenes from other plants to add some extra and exotic scent to your own harvest.) to impregnate your buds with specific essence.
How to do it
We have done this experiment thousands of times and we have created a great number of flavors, aromas, and tastes. It is just an incredible amount of fun and the fact that you can have your own signature every time you harvest.
There are two ways of doing the flavoring method; one can be done before harvest and the other one after harvest. However, we are going to stay with the first option because is the easiest and most convenient.
Warning! Do not use the flavoring method in your entire crop, try a few plants and see the results.
- Your plants must be in last stages of flowering. During this phase, feed your plants with natural boosters like Complete Hydroponics Boost, Density, and Bud blaster.
- Suspend the use nuts and starve your plants for 2-3 days before harvest.
- Get essential oils and extracts which are loaded with high concentrations of terpenes (use little bit, don’t exaggerate)
- Some extracts can be found in the baking isle of your near grocery store. You can choose lemon, banana, strawberry, butter, and more. You can also mix them if you want some crazy stuff.
- Mix water with the essential oils and the flavor of your preference.
- I would recommend 1 tablespoon of extracts for every 5 gallons of water.
- Water your plants and let her suck up the mixture; this process is called infusion.
- Remember that because you water your plants before harvest, your plants would have a lot of moisture. For this reason you have to give them special treatment to avoid any kind of fungi like mold.
- Cut and cure your buds as you usually do and dry it carefully.
This kind of experiments and techniques has been around for hundreds of years. The idea is to find the perfect match in terms of tastes, flavors, medicinal benefits, and much more. Have a fun and share your results.