And Terpenes Are In the Air!
Aloha friends! Long time no blog. We apologize for the unexpected lack of a post last week. Fortunately, I can assure you we put that energy into upgrades and preparations as we ramp up for the first Alaska summer with legal cannabis! As spring time fast approaches in Fairbanks you can always feel the resulting spring in the people’s step. That spring is approximately 50% relief that the 6 months of cold and darkness is finally over and 50% anticipation of the amazing summers we are blessed with every year as residents of Alaska. I feel like there is an extra boost of eagerness this year and spring hasn’t even really started yet. My guess is that it has something to do with a new industry that generates an easily measurable degree of interest and excitement (and tax dollars to help our city and state). Summer will ignite that industry with a dab torch! We will start to see the full potential of what legal cannabis has to offer and the positive effects it can have on so many different levels such as generating tax revenue for our City and State and driving tourism to boost the local economy. From the recreational perspective, we will start to see higher quality bud and new types of products in the retail shops such as ours. There will be more events such as the Cannabis Classic (we’ll get to this early next week right here on the PakaBlog) that support the growth of the industry. C’mon summer hurry it up already!
Oh and speaking of new products, we got more than one of those up our sleeve that you could possibly be seeing very soon. We have been putting in a lot of thought into bringing you marijuana in new and unique ways that provide convenience, sharability, value or even a little bit of lavishness in some upcoming products. We want to present these products in cool new ways that will continue to push forward our goal of normalizing cannabis in our community to be treated as an adult choice to be made for a variety of reasons. You should be hearing more about these products next week. Here’s a little sneak peak at one of them…. 😉
Onto an exciting update from Pakalolo cultivation! The hard work and extra effort that our team puts into combining feeding techniques found in Korean Natural Farming (KNF) with no-till farming is really starting to pay huge dividends in the form of quality in our cannabis. It just keeps getting better and better! This can be shown by our amazing high terpene results found from our latest harvest of Alaskan Blueberry. Let’s take a little closer look at terpenes…
Terpenes, created by the same glands in marijuana that make THC and CBD, are fragrant oils that give different strains their individual smell and flavor. Terpenes give strains like Blueberry the blueberry smell and taste and Sour Diesel its pungent gasoline like funk. Terpenes are also what makes natural essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus their smells that can be diffused to fill a room. More recent, and much more interesting studies are starting to show the effect the terpenes have on your mood and how you actually feel as they interact with cannabinoids and your brain chemistry. HERB.com does a great job of explaining it:
“Terpenes interact with the endocannabinoid system in a similar way to cannabinoids. When inhaled or ingested, the terpenes act as an assistant to cannabinoids as they work to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Myrcene, for example, is known to increase cell permeability allowing for faster absorption of THC and other cannabinoids.
Terpenes can also influence neurotransmitters in the brain. For example they can affect dopamine and serotonin production and destruction. This insight gives us an idea of why different strains not only smell and taste different, but also have different affects on our mood or high sensation. Limonene, another common terpene found in cannabis, can increase serotonin production thus elevating your mood.”
Terpenes are highest in marijuana that is grown more naturally such as in soil with naturally occurring nutrients and giving the plants the ability to take in exactly what it wants and needs to grow healthy and create the highest quality final product. Our plants live in the same bed their entire life consuming nutrients through fermented fruit and vegetable juices and oriental herbal nutrients (OHN) that we make right here from items found in a quick grocery store trip to the organic section. What we are trying to do is create a grow medium for our plants that is basically a small ecosystem chalk full of organic food for the plants. Using these amazing natural grow methods our Alaskan Blueberry has some of the highest terpenes in the state! The AK Blueberry from this harvest is just covered in frost (trichomes full of THC, CBD and terpenes) and has a deliciously sweet and pungent smell with notes of sour and taste similar to a handful of half big sweet/half small tart blueberries. The delicious smell is made up of different terpenes. Below is an image of the flower and its terpene profile:
I know, I know you are probably asking yourself, “What the heck does this mean?” Well let us, or Leafly I should say, give you a hand with figuring some of that out. The terpene that has the highest percentage in our AK Blueberry is Myrcene so well start with that. The following is taken from a Leafly article describing the proven effects that naturally occurring terpenes have:
Smell: Musky, cloves, earthy, herbal with notes of citrus and tropical fruit.
Effects: Relaxation, comfort
Associated effects in body: Antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic; good for muscle tension, pain, insomnia, depression.
Also Found In: Mango, lemongrass, thyme, hops.
Smell: Floral, citrus, candy, sweet
Effects: Anxiety relief, sedative qualities
Associated effects in body: Anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, acne treatment
Also Found In: Lavender
Effects: Elevated mood and stress relief
Associated effects in body: Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, heartburn, depression
Also Found In: Fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, peppermint”
Isn’t it simply amazing what cannabis, a little natural growing plant in this endless universe, has to offer us?! On top of the benefits of terpenes, it is extremely cool just to have access to this information when purchasing a specific strain. You will know exactly what to expect based on some scientific data based off the compounds as well as your nose and your taste buds. The way that terpenes are smelled, tasted and interpreted in cannabis is the exact same as a wine connoisseur determining quality, depth of flavor, region, and vintage of the wine they are tasting and smelling. This is what we mean when we say our goal is normalizing the marijuana industry. We want you to be as educated as possible and feel like a master cannabis connoisseur when coming to purchase the finest at Pakalolo Supply Company. Going forward we will begin to test the the terpene profiles of our “Pakalolo Grown” strains, so that when you go home to kick-back, relax and smoke you will have a good idea of how the marijuana can effect your brain chemistry and in turn, your mood and how you feel. Our favorite thing about the terpenes is definitely that those itty bitty little natural compounds make the buds smell and taste so000 ono! (delicious)
That’s all we got for you PakaBloggers today. We are working on adding a section to our website to include recent terpene profiles of our strains when the rest of the results come back from testing soon. Next week we will have some new product reveals that we are anxious to share with you. We will also be discussing the Cannabis Classic and how to nominate/vote on your favorite cannabis retail related awards so check back soon. We hope you made it into Pakalolo this weekend to get your hands on some of the latest “Pakalolo Grown” harvest while it lasts. See you next time, mahalo!