Humulene Terpene

Humulene is a secondary terpene found in low concentrations in the cannabis plant and its essential oil. However, humulene is the primary terpene found in the hops plants used to make beer and its aroma is what gives beer its “hoppy” smell. The scientific name for hops is Humulus lupulus and this is where humulene gets its common name. Other names for humulene used in scientific nomenclature include α-humulene and α-caryophyllene.

Humulene was one of the primary medicines used by the ancient Chinese. It has been widely thought for centuries to be a very strong anti-inflammatory agent, as well as a strong anti-bacterial agent. Thus, it can be useful in treating infections and their effect on the human body (inflammation, etc). For these reasons, humulene has been studied more than most secondary terpenes found in cannabis. Humulene is also often combined with β–caryophyllene as an alternative treatment for inflammation. However, full spectrum CBD oil contains both humulene and β–caryophyllene in ratios relative to one another that are naturally occuring in nature.

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Pulegone Terpene

Although pulegone is a terpene present in relatively low concentrations in cannabis, it packs a powerful pepperminty camphorous punch! If you’ve ever walked by a large rosemary bush and accidentally brushed your arm against it as you did so, then you’ve smelled pulegone in all its glory as it is a major component of this highly fragrant herb. While you may enjoy taking deep breaths of its pleasant aroma, insects are repelled by it. For this reason, pulegone (and rosemary bushes) are often used to deter biting insects in backyards and along decks and porches. Pulegone is also a powerful insecticide that naturally occurs in most mint species, including peppermint, spearmint, and catnip (Nepeta cataria).

Pulegone is a popular terpene addition to aromatherapy candles, especially those that promise that the effect will “linger” for a long time after the candle is put out. It has the ability to produce a calming and sedative effect on most people who inhale it. Therefore, it is often used by people with social anxiety and performance anxiety to prepare for an event. In cannabis strains that are a bit higher in pulegone (but never high in pulegone), this pleasant smelling terpene can make vaping their essential oils a more pleasant experience, especially since it also seems to combine in pleasant ways with other aromatic terpenes. Pulegone is often added to hard candy as well, not only for the taste, but for the strong aroma it gives off as one sucks on the candy contaning pulegone.

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Geraniol Terpene

Geraniol is a terpene found in cannabis with a sweet very pleasant floral aroma similar to that of a rose. In fact, the perfume industry switched from using rose petal extracts to using geraniol in many perfumes because they smell so similar. Although geraniol is known to attract honey bees, it is also used as an insect repellent for mosquitos.

Since the 1990s, geraniol has been talked about in both scientific literature and in publications like Mother Earth Living as an effective alternative cancer treatment. It brings hope to those suffering with cancer.
Early studies on geraniol showed remarkable results. Liver cancer was stopped cold in rats that received 400 micromoles of geraniol in their food daily. Mammary tumors in rodents were also halted with a similar dosage. It was also found that liver cancer in birds could be stopped by giving geraniol. Perhaps the most remarkable results of the early studies on geraniol was to show that it could stop the growth pancreatic cancer in hamsters. A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer at that time was a near death sentence because there was only a four percent survival rate within five years of being diagnosed. These terrible odds haven’t improved much today in fact. Keep in mind that geraniol is a terpene that occurs naturally in cannabis and is present in full spectrum CBD oil.

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What are Terpenes?

The technical definition of a terpenes probably won’t clear much up, but here it is:  Any of a large group of volatile, unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees.  They are based on a cyclic molecule having the formula C10H16.  They are the main plant resin  or “essential oils” and contribute to the scent, flavor and colors of plants.
Here is a short video from Leafly, an recognized industry partner, with an Introduction on Terpenes that Relate to Cannabis
As that video closes with, Terpenes are The Next Frontier of Discovery.
The easiest way to get your mind around them (albeit not 100% correct) is to think of them as essential oils.  Essential oils typically have effects on people.  For instance, Lavender typically causes one to be sleepy.  Various terpenes also have effects on people.  And, that’s what we’re aiming for…their effects.  For most people, they are subtle effects, but they are definite effects none the less.

GWE’s 2015 Seedbank review

GWE’s 2017 Cannabis Seed Bank Review – Where To Buy Marijuana Seeds Online

We have maintained this list since 2010 with reviews of the marijuana seed sources that we use at GrowWeedEasy.com. These seed banks take online orders and ship cannabis seeds worldwide (including the USA!). We only recommend companies with outstanding stealth, reliability, customer service, and seed quality. This certainly isn’t a list of all good seed banks, but these are the seed banks we know and use ourselves. 

Last updated March 27, 2017. 

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Better taste, better smell, better smoke guide!

How to Improve & Strengthen Smell of Buds

  1. Specialized Nutrients & Supplements
  2. Light Quality (Use Strong Light with Extra UV)
  3. Grow in “Living” Soil (Super Soil)
  4. Control Temperature & Humidity Last 6 Weeks
  5. Flush 1-2 Weeks Before Harvest
  6. Harvest Using the Right Technique
  7. Dry & Cure Buds After Harvest (CRUCIAL – don’t skip this!)
  8. NO Scent Neutralizers
  9. Common Mistakes Can Ruin Buds Near Harvest
  10. Start with the Right Genetics

List of Suggested Strains


 

Introduction to Growing Cannabis with a Strong, Complex Smell

Professional-quality cannabis buds look, taste and smell great

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Ready to Harvest Guide

Example of a beautiful colorful cannabis nug that was harvested at the right time then dried and cured like a professional!

by Nebula Haze

Cannabis buds can come in all shapes and sizes! Although variety is the spice of life, it can make it a little confusing to know when to harvest your buds based on how your plants look. But if you harvest when buds are ready you’ll get the best yields and potency, so it’s a good idea to try to harvest as the right time if you can!

We have a full harvest tutorial, but this article is mostly just a picture gallery 🙂

When buds first appear on your plant they look like little round puffs of hair. Each bud is made up of many white hairs (“pistils”) that stick straight out.

Not Ready

Baby buds (budlets) look like a ball of white hairs. These buds have many weeks to go!

Example of a marijuana plant that has just started the flowering stage and is making wispy white pistils in preparation for making buds!

Still Not Ready

As the plant buds get closer to harvest, they thicken and those white pistils start to darken and curl in. You’ll notice your buds are slowly getting thicker and more dense. However if you still have a lot of straight white pistils, like this bud, you know you still have a few weeks to go.

This cannabis bud is not ready, even though some of the pistils have started to darken and curl in

Ready to Harvest

You’re in the harvest window when most of the pistils have darkened and curled in. This bud is now ready to harvest!

This cannabis cola is ready to harvest

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The Union

 

BC’s illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as ‘The Union’, Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of ‘BC Bud’ being exported to the United States, the trade has become an international issue. Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground market and brings to light how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business – an industry that may be profiting more by being illegal.

Written by Brett Harvey

7 Tips to Improve Cannabis Bud Quality

Introduction

  1. Start with Top-Shelf Genetics – get the effects and appearance you want! Your grow skill makes a huge difference, but a plant can’t overcome its genes! If you want buds that are potent, dense, sparkly or purple/pink, you need the right genetics.
  2. Give Your Cannabis Lots of Light! – this increases yields, density and potency
  3. Nutrients & Supplements – learn about smell enhancers, bloom boosters and bulk builders!
  4. Better Taste, Better Smell – learn other techniques to increase terpene content so buds taste and smell better
  5. Manipulate Temperature & Humidity in the flowering stage to increase resin production (“glitter” and stickiness), bring out colors like pink or purple & prevent smells from burning away
  6. Great Air Flow Around Every Cola – you can gain surprising increases in the size and density of your buds by making sure that every cola gets lots of direct light and good air flow from the beginning to the end of the flowering stage. Cannabis is wind-pollinated in the wild and so more energy is put into buds that have been exposed to a breeze from when they first started forming.
  7. Master the Basics of Growing – especially harvestingtrimming and drying/curing! Although a lot of growers don’t pay as much attention to what happens to plants after harvest as during the grow itself, these 3 post-harvest factors determine almost 50% of your final bud appearance. Properly drying/curing also intensifies smell and increases bud potency!

Bonus: Is CO2 Worth the Trouble?


Picture of beautiful top-shelf cannabis buds in both green and purple. You can grow marijuana buds that are better than what you get at the dispensary! This bud quality tutorial will show you how!

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