How To Add Terpenes To Your Cannabis Products

Posted by Slippery Buddha Inc on

DId you know terpenes can be added to all sorts of things (not just for cannabis) to enhance the profile, change it almost completely. We use it in:

  • Bud (flower)
  • Distillate
  • Shatter
  • Oils
  • Drinks
  • Vape juice and more

Not all terpenes are created equal which is one of the reasons we have tight quality control and rigorous testing.

If you are new to terpenes, new to cannabis or just curious we want you to feel comfortable with what you are doing. It's fairly simple once you understand whats up! 

Terpenes are HIGHLY concentrated plant compounds (think essential oils, but way more potent!) so a little goes a LONG way. Let that last statement sink in.... a LITTLE is all you need, add to much and it will ruin the whole experience (and your beverage or your bud)

Adding terpenes to your dried bud can be great for enhancing what it is already doing, or if it's dried out cause it sat in the cupboard too long, or is too skunky and stale. Have a "strain" that lacks flavour or aroma, add some terps!

It's a super simple process, add about .2mm to your pipe bowl (just lightly coat the bowl) or 1-2 drops per gram of cannabis. It may not seem like a lot but trust us, it is. You can also add a small amount to your grinder, grind the bud and them smoke/vape). You can also lightly oil your grinder then grind the flower. 

Using concentrate? Just add 1-5% of the total weight (we suggest starting around 2% and see how you do) When using concentrates we grab one that is supposed to taste just like the strain or profile it was named after, unfortunately many are disappointed by the lack of aroma or taste, this is because during the refining process a lot of the terpes are stripped. This is where terpene isolates or profiles come in handy. You can match the terpene profile to the strain (like Jack Herer or Granddaddy Purple) you add back in what was stripped including the aroma and taste (oh and boost the medicinal benefits to!)

Adding to your oil? I like to stick to the 2% rule when adding to my oils. If oral you just calculate the amount by percentage (or .2 mm per gram of concentrate oil). For example if you have a 60 ml bottle of CBD or a 1:1 CBD: THC tincture (full spectrum for best effect always peeps) and you want to promote specific actions like sleep, you would add 2% (1.2 ml) - now that is going to be a lot (about 24 drops) so I tell people to start with 12 and increase if needed. 12 is for sure going to enhance what you want if you pick the right profile such as Granddaddy Purple for the sleep component. Start low out the gate, even if you are an avid and experienced cannabis user... this shit is potent AF. Be sure to use the dropper provided to get a accurate drop. 

Adding terps to distillate is super important especially since terpenes are usually boiled off.  Place distillate in a jar (use glass), add the terpene profile you prefer (1-2 drops per gram of distillate oil) and mix in thoroughly. Leave in the glass jar, sealed overnight so the terpenes infuse properly. 

Adding terpenes to shatter is a little more complicated. You need to know the total weight of the shatter in order to add the properl 1-2 % terpenes. This is about .02 grams of terp per gram of shatter. If you are new to shatter this might be a little bit tricky because it needs to be done BEFORE the shatter full dries. You could also use the dropper to add a drop or slightly less to the piece of shatter before you vape but that is also going to be tricky to ensure you don't add too much. 

We have a breakdown of each terpene isolate within our profiles for those who are looking at specific effects this will help you (or ask us we are happy to help). 

Want to vape terpenes solo? You can do that too! Just remember they are light and volatile so a low temperature is best. You want to add the terpenes to a base, ask us for ones we recommend that are free of PG, PEG, VG and even MCT. We do offer ones that are fruit derived and won't harm you when vaped, they also won't affect the taste or aroma of the profile you have chosen and NO high.

Myrcene: Has a sweet subtle aroma, This ones great to help THC cross the blood brain barrier (which you are not going to want for teens). It's one of our top picks for pain management and stress.

Pinene: (alpha and beta) both give a pine, woodsy scent. It can be overpowering for some. This one is great for focus and mental clarity without risk of causing anxiety.

LimoneneJust like the name suggests, you are going to be hit with a citrusy smell. We like to add this one to help enhance other profiles, it does a lot but be careful if you have chronic anxiety, it can be a bit of a trigger for some. It wont have that effect if used orally (in a beverage) but when smoked it can due to mixing with THC. 

Linalool: Think lavender and sleep. Want help sleeping this is the one, it's great for stress and anxiety too.

Beta - Caryophyllene: This peppery terp goes both ways, it can be invigorating but also relaxing. Some like to add this one when they are looking to calm down the stronger effects of some cannabis strains. This terp is the exception to a few rules. It plays well with ALL other terpenes, and is the only terpene shown to directly activate CB2 receptors in the brain. It acts almost like cannabis in this regard, even though it isn't.

OK so are terpenes cannabis or not? They aren't, they are terpenes. They can be derived from plants, whether it is cannabis or other( ours are plant derived terpenes). What they can do is control the uptake of cannabinoids and increase the therapeutic actions.