The Big Meme of Terpenes

This one terpene meme has it all: Anticancer Terpenes, Allelopathic Terpenes, Insecticidal Terpenes, Insects that Produce or Use Terpenes, Neurological Terpenes, Boiling Points, Flash Points, and a Terpene Classes Chart. These images are developed from The Big Book of Terps and #TerpTalk.

7 Ways to Manipulate Cannabis Terpene Content

There are 7 primary ways to manipulate the terpene content of cannabis. These methods involve manipulation of terpene content prior to drying and curing, whereafter only preservation is possible. These brief descriptions are based on a supplemental chapter in The Big Book of Terps titled “Manipulating Cannabis for Phytochemical Content,” which begins at page 556.

Arguments Against the Entourage Effect and Synergy

Some scientists claim that the entourage effect and synergy are not valid concepts, and have not been sufficiently proven to occur in a predictable manner, particularly not in cannabis. In this video, Russ Hudson presents the arguments against synergy and the entourage effect, reading directly from the Synergy chapter of The Big Book of Terps, […]

Cannabinoids in Plants Other than Cannabis

This video discusses non-cannabis plants that produce cannabinoids. Nearly all of the classic and lesser cannabinoids are known to occur in other plants, with the exception of THC. Plants use cannabinoids – which belong to several different classes of terpenes – for a variety of different purposes. Russ Hudson discusses and reads directly from the […]

Allelopathic Terpenes and Terpenoids

Allelopathic terpenes are those produced by a plant that affect the germination, growth, propagation, and survival of cohabitant plants. In effect, these are the terpenes of plant chemical warfare. Terpenes and terpenoids have been shown to act as allelopathic agents in many different plants, and in some cases these isoprenoid compounds can affect plants of […]

Terpenes as Neurological Agents

These terpenes have been shown to act as neurological agents, and are capable of being used in the treatment of a wide variety of neurological conditions. Terpenes can be used to treat neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions as shown:

Insects that Produce or Use Terpenes

This image shows insects that biologically produce terpenes, and/or those that use terpenes from other sources. Some insects use terpenes as a method of communication, some use them defensively, while other insects have developed highly specialized ways of making use of terpenes and terpenoids.

Terpenes that Treat Cancer

This image shows anticancer terpenes including camphene. phellandrene, 1,8-cineole, geraniol, valencene, sabinene, menthol, cedrene, geranyl acetate, cymene, pulegone, elemene, however, there are many more terpenes that exhibit anticancer properties. Find out more by picking up a copy of The Big Book of Terps.

What is the difference between flavonoids and terpenes? Terp Talk

Russ Hudson describes the primary differences between flavonoids and terpenes – the differences we as humans can detect in the real world, not the chemical or molecular differences. Hudson reads directly from The Big Book of Terps, and can send you a signed hardcover copy of the book if you email him at russ@thebigbookofterps.com

How do Humans Perceive Terpenes? Terp Talk

In this video, Russ Hudson reads a passage from The Big Book of Terps that describes exactly how humans perceive these volatile molecules through olfactory receptors. This passage describes this process using the monocyclic monoterpene, Limonene, as a precise example. A related quote from Dr. Ethan Russo – the world’s leading researcher on the Entourage […]

The 2 Types of Limonene Explained

If you think that limonene tastes and smells of citrus, you’re at least half wrong. That’s because there are two distinct variations of this monocyclic monoterpene, each with its own flavor and scent profile, one of which is NOT citrusy. This article explains the different variations of limonene, a Top 5 terpene in cannabis.

Putting the ‘oid’ in Terpenoids, Flavonoids, Cannabinoids

The ‘oid’ in terpenoids, flavonoids, and cannabinoids has deliberate meaning that imparts specific scientific information about the phytochemical in question. Learning what this ‘oid’ ending means can help to automatically determine several details about a molecule. In most cases, flavonoids and cannabinoids will naturally end in ‘oid,’ but the terpene family of hydrocarbons often don’t […]

GIFs – Top Ten Flavonoids in Cannabis (Molecules)

This post features GIFs of the Top 10 Flavonoids in Cannabis, showing the entire rotating molecule of each.  This ranking of the top 10 flavonoids in cannabis is based on laboratory tests of various strains, and is arranged by concentration from primary to secondary flavonoid constituents. These include flavonoids found in many plants around the […]

Microorganisms Trained to Poop Terpenes

Scientists have “trained” some microorganisms to poop terpenes, including many of the most common terpenes normally found in cannabis.  These microorganisms include bacteria, fungi, algae, and even cutworm larvae, but E. coli is the champion of biotransformation, with scientists engineering these common bacteria to produce several different monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes as “waste” products.  However, although […]

Terpenes: The Most-Spoken Language in the World

Move over, English; Terpenes are by far the world’s biggest communication medium.  Used by plants, insects, fungi, and bacteria to communicate and interact with the world, terpenes are a type of language that can be easily understood across species and kingdoms.  In fact, if you were to lump all the man-made languages of earth together, […]

Terpene-Powered Cars on the Horizon

A growing body of research indicates that the fuel of the future may be terpenes.  Already tested in internal and external combustion engines, turbocharged engines, as jet fuel, and as octane boosters, a group of 7 terpenes – all of which are common in cannabis – have shown real promise that petroleum-based fuels could eventually […]

Terpenes Preserved for Millions of Years in Underwater Wood

In a natural testament to the stability of some terpenes, scientists have yielded a monoterpenoid and a sesquiterpene from ancient conifer trees that had been submerged for millions of years.  Both of these terpenes were found in unaltered condition, although tests showed that other, more volatile monoterpenes did not fare as well in the anerobic […]

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