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What Are Terpenes?

What Are Terpenes?

What are terpenes? Maybe you’ve heard the term mentioned before. Allow us to explain, and let you know why are they important.

Terpenes are the chemical calling cards of the natural world.

They are the volatile organic molecules secreted by flowers that shout “visit me!” to bees buzzing in your garden. Terpenes are the carriers of the perfect fragrance you catch when hiking through a pine forest. They are also the carriers of that concentrated scent you inhale when the budtender whips the lid off a container of cannabis at a dispensary. When herbalists tout the power of aromatherapy through “essential oils” from herbs and plants, they’re talking terpenes.

If there were such a thing as smell-o-vision, terpenes would be its A-list stars.

Terpenes scintillate for a good reason. Many creatures navigate the world with their noses. So, smell—along with its close cousin, taste—unite the memory and learning centers of the brain. Even nasally challenged humans associate particular aromas with happy or comforting experiences. I.e., that cinnamon thing mom had going for the holidays. However, terpenes can serve as warning signs. The stink in stinkbugs is their terpene reminder to stay away.

Many terpenes are sticky and odorous to protect the plant that secretes them.

Hence, the ubiquitous funky fragrance of cannabis sativa.

Cannabis-Specific Terpenes

Upwards of 100 different terpenes have been identified in cannabis, and this aromatic advance guard can help you distinguish between various strains and their effects.

For instance, the terpene myrcene, which smells musky or earthy, is associated with a sedative effect. Myrcene-heavy indica strains make you collapse in-da-couch.

The citrusy scents of a limonene terpene in a strain, on the other hand, signals an opportunity to brighten your mood. Strains that contain the aptly named pinene are said to boost alertness and memory. Peppery caryophyllales often waft from CBD-heavy strains than can help ease a variety of ailments.

Let terpenes be your guideposts along the cannabis trail. They can help you follow your nose to your preferred destination. This graphic from strain database Leafly associates the major terpene fragrances with their therapeutic and psychotropic effects (below).

An infographic showing what terpenes are and specifically, what they do.
Terpene spectrum. Photo courtesy of www.leafly.com.

There’s dozens more scents and sensibilities to explore. Just like a honeybee seeking out its favorite terpene-laden flower, you can sidestep confusing strain names. Learn to select cannabis by associating the effect you’re after with the fragrance of the associated terpene.

Smelling What We’re Stepping In

Cannabis terpenes are not just another pretty or putrid smell. The psychoactive properties of THC, anti-inflammatory qualities of CBD get all the credit for the potency of pot. However, there is more emerging evidence for the “entourage effect.” This theory yields which terpenes enable, enhance or moderate the high—and the health effects—of cannabis.

The landmark study Taming THC was published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. It details how various terpenes can limit the downsides of cannabis. Subsequently, also amp the benefits. So, if you’re not making terpenes part of your cannabis experience, you’re probably missing out on important information about brain and body benefits.

Which strains work best for you? There’s only one sure way to find out! See if they pass your sniff test.

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The Clear’s Secret to Amazing Natural Flavors

The Clear’s Secret to Amazing Natural Flavors

If you love The Clear, odds are, it’s because of our flavors. Let’s talk terpenes…and other magical molecules that plants produce.

We’ve already shared with you the secrets behind The Clear™s cultivation and extraction techniques, yielding the purest concentrate on the market. But, what happens once we’ve made our ultra-clean, golden extract? How does our obsession with quality impact the array of luscious flavors our discerning customers seek out?

To bring our true-to-life flavors into The Clear, we use naturally-derived terpenes and flavonoids. Our advanced vape hardware then elevates taste to the next level.

Bring Out the Funk, and the Fruity Flavors Too

Terpenes are what give cannabis strains their singular flavors and fragrances. They can be found throughout the plant kingdom. Terpenes are immediately identifiable scents and flavors found in tart lemons, icy mint, savory thyme, spicy pepper and many more herbs, spices and fruits.

Flavonoids give fruits and vegetables their bright colors. Both types of compounds have been shown to have health benefits.

So far, scientists have discovered more than 200 terpenes and over 20 flavonoids in cannabis plants alone. Broadly ranging from classic skunky scents to sweet, fruity notes.

Many other companies inject synthetic terpenes into their extracts. However, our award-winning flavors come from natural plant sources, not a factory. Just as our extraction process distills our oil to its purest form, our terpene and flavonoid extraction process also draws out the best, most concentrated form of natural flavor.  

As a result, the delectable flavors are true to the strains and fruits they are drawn from. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so we’ve created a dozen fruit flavors to please every palate, as well as five special flavors that pay tribute to some of the most popular cannabis strains around.

Our award-winning concentrate array starts with the cannabis flavor line. Running the gamut from sweet-and-piney XJ-13, to pungently sour, salty and sweet OG, peppery Golden Goat, the citrus-minded Lemon Haze (also available in Clear™ CBD) and the terpene-free neutral Lobster Butter.

Tantalizing fruit flavors:

The list goes on! (* = also featured in our Clear CBD lineup):

  • Juicy Potent Pineapple*
  • Ripe, sweet Blueberry*
  • Tangy, sweet Lime Sorbet and Lemon Lime*
  • Bright, rich Orange Cream*
  • Juicy, soda-inspired Grapevine
  • Super-ripe and deep Strawberry*
  • Balanced, smooth Banana Cream, and
  • Complex and satisfying Strawberry Banana.

Please get in touch with your local dispensary for flavor availability.

The Clear’s Stellar, Straightforward Flavor Vape Tech  

When it comes time to consume, our vaporizer again exemplifies our desire to be straightforward and transparent, while implementing the most advanced technology. Our vape hardware is precision-made from medical-grade stainless steel, ceramic and glass. That’s it. No fibers, glues or chemicals.

We go to great lengths to ensure quality. When our customers pick up a Clear vape, they can tell right away that they’re getting the best experience on the market. It’s a smooth experience with consistent, flavorful and supremely effective results.

Purchasing manager for a dispensary? Contact us at info@clrcan.com. Dispensary owner or larger scale operator looking to bring The Clear to your state? Contact us here.