You may have already heard of terpenes, but where they come from, what they are and the role they play in your sensory experience with hemp-derived products is understated. Terpenes are molecules that are responsible for the aromatic oils that are found in many plants, and, for Delta Daddy’s purposes, the hemp plant. There are approximately 200 identified terpenes each with its own unique flavor and scent fingerprint. Terpenes are responsible for the fruity flavor delivered by strains such as Blue Dream, the minty flavors characteristic of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and the earthy experience brought to you by OG strains.
Terpenes also play a role in the effects produced by a strain and can be useful in determining which product will be most beneficial to your specific needs. This function has been christened the Entourage Effect, and has a lot to do with the therapeutic implications made about hemp products by addressing how each plants’ unique chemical makeup affects your sensory experience. Terpene molecules work in tandem with cannabinoids such as CBD and Delta-8 to produce unique psychological effects while tasting and smelling awesome at the same time.
A specific example of a terpene at work can be demonstrated by plants that we are all very familiar with…pine trees. This molecule is called alpha-pinene and is nature’s most abundant terpene. When found amongst the other cannabinoids found in hemp plants, alpha-pinene is identified as being counteractive to the short-term memory loss some people experience with delta-8 and delta-9, which is pretty impressive.
As more products become available to you, picking the right one is simplified by knowing what you are trying to achieve and then applying your terpene prowess to determine which product will deliver the best experience. To show you how this might work, here is a breakdown of dominant terpenes in some of our Delta Daddy products and the positive effects they deliver:
Delta Daddy Strain Highlights
Watermelon Zkittles - Indica - Dominant Terpenes: limonene and beta-caryophyllene
-- The limonene in this strain gives it a fruity, citrusy, and floral flavor that is supplemented by beta-caryophyllene’s herbal and earthy notes that are reminiscent of clove and pepper.
-- Limonene is credited for producing a relaxed energy and uplifting effects while promoting your creativity. Beta-caryophllene is second in abundance in Watermelon Zkittles and is recognized as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Banana Runtz - Hybrid - Dominant Terpene: limonene, beta-myrcene and linalool
--The limonene in this strain delivers perfectly ripe bananas while beta-myrcene brings subtle herbal undertones. Throw in linalool’s addition of florals and woodsy tones and Banana Runtz is a sweet and spicy balance.
--Limonene is the predominant terpene in Banana Runtz and is credited for encouraging you to kick back and relax with an uplifted, focused and creative energy. Banana Runtz also contains linalool which has proven helpful toward promoting feelings of being calm and content. Finally, beta-myrcene rounds things off by adding an anti-inflammatory effect that makes Banana Runtz the tool in achieving relaxation of both body and mind.
Blue Dream - Sativa - Dominant Terpenes: beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene
--The beta-caryophyllene in this strain makes it smell delightfully floral and fruity with the added complexity of earthiness, while alpha-humulene supplies a hoppy dankness. Blueberry flavors included.
--Beta-caryophyllene assists in making Blue Dream a great pick for you if you are seeking reprieve from body aches and tension. Beta-caryophyllene is also enlisted for its tendency to be uplifting, therefore creating a nice balance of cerebral activity and a delicate body buzz. Second amongst Blue Dream’s prominent terpenes is alpha-humulene, which supports beta-caryophyllene in its fight against inflammation.
Pineapple Express - Sativa - Dominant Terpenes: beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene
--This beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene combination creates a tropical sweetness with added complexity coming in the form of hops and cedar goodness.
--The beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene pairing has allure if you are looking for creative inspiration and uplifting energy. Pineapple Express utilizes the combination to create a “softer” high, though not necessarily weak, and supports ingenuity, especially in social settings.
Strawberry Cough - Hybrid - Dominant Terpenes: alpha-pinene and beta-myrcene
--This alpha-pinene in Strawberry Cough tastes, adds a piney scent to the fruity sweetness of strawberries while beta-myrcene follows up with a peppery undercurrent.
--Alpha-pinene delivers on dulling fear and anxiety and encourages your brain to retain memories more efficiently. It is also recognized for its efforts toward relieving inflammation. With beta-myrcene’s added benefits in the arena of reducing inflammation and aches and pains, Strawberry Cough is a good pick if you are striving toward holistic relaxation that is not at the expense of your mental acuity.