What Terpenes Get You High?

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If you are new to the world of hemp and cannabis, one of the words that you might hear being thrown around a lot is terpenes. Now, you might know that some strains have more terpenes than others, or that some terpenes produce different flavors and effects than others, but that’s probably it.

For the most part, the majority of us just don’t know that much about terpenes; that’s the problem that we are here to remedy today. One of the things that many people wonder is whether or not terpenes can get you high, and if so, which terpenes will get you high?

So, what terpenes get you high? Sure, terpenes can have some beneficial effects on your mind and body, and they might also slightly alter the way you feel. However, whether or not they actually get you high is questionable at best. Let’s take a closer look.

Key Takeaways

  •       Terpenes are the main compounds contained in essential oils
  •       Terpenes produce the flavors and scents in cannabis that we are familiar with
  •       Plants and fruits other than cannabis contain terpenes
  •       Different terpenes can have varying beneficial or therapeutic effects

What Are Terpenes?

To keep it fairly simple, terpenes are components of the essential oils that are contained in cannabis. Now, technically speaking, terpenes are the main chemical substance found in essential oils, which provide the oils their flavor and aroma. This is why different strains of cannabis have different flavors and smells; because they contain different terpenes.

Single strains of cannabis can contain a variety of terpenes, which together create what is known as a terpene profile, or the collection of terpenes that produce the specific scent and flavor that a strain in question has. Cannabis is not the only plant out there that contains terpenes, most plants do.

Many different herbs, fruits, and plants contain terpenes. For instance, terpenes are very prominent in citrus fruits, sage, cannabis, and a variety of other plants. As far as cannabis is concerned, terpenes are the flavor and aroma.

Are Terpenes Psychoactive?

What we can say here is that terpenes may have therapeutic or beneficial effects on the human mind or body. Moreover, terpenes may have a variety of effects on the mind and body, not unlike CBB. However, terpenes are not psychoactive, which means that they do not intoxicate you or alter your state of mind.

For instance, THC is psychoactive, which can be seen because it has clear effects on your mental state and your body. it changes the way you perceive the world, how you feel, how you act, and more. This is not something that can be said for terpenes, which are not psychoactive in the least.

Can Terpenes Make You High?

As covered above, no, terpenes do not make you high. Terpenes are not psychoactive, and they will not alter your state of mind, not like THC or alcohol, or any other such drugs for that matter.

What Gets You High, THC or Terpenes?

As we have discussed, no, terpenes do not get you high. When it comes to the substances contained in cannabis that get you high, this would be THC. THC is a psychoactive substance that alters your state of mind and gets you high. On the exact strain the comma that THC can make you feel a variety of things.

This will generally depend on whether you are consuming an Indica or a Sativa strain of cannabis. THC can make you feel happy, euphoric, elated, energized, focused, concentrated, tired, sedated, giggly, talkative, social, slow, tired, heavy, and hungry, and it can also impair your problem-solving skills and judgment. Terpenes do not alter your state of mind.

However, one thing that may occur when you smoke or consume cannabis, is that THC acts in combination with those terpenes, producing what is commonly known as the entourage effect.

This is when the therapeutic benefits of those terpenes interact with the THC to slightly change or enhance the high. However, terpenes on their own will not make you feel high, particularly not without THC. If you want some nice weed with plenty of THC and terpenes, for a great high with awesome flavor, check out our very own Botany Farms Delta-8 Strawberry Banana Kush Pre-rolls.

Common Terpenes and How They Can Affect Your High

There are many different terpenes commonly found in cannabis. Let’s take a quick look at the most common terpenes and exactly what they’re all about.

Caryophyllene

This is one of the most commonly found, studied, and researched terpenes contained in cannabis. This terpene is known for being sweet, bold, earthy, and a bit spicy. In addition to cannabis, other foods and plants such as Rosemary, clove, and black pepper, all contain this terpene. This terpene is said to make you feel a lot happier and a bit euphoric, yet also relaxed and laid back. It is said to be a mood elevator and a stress reliever.

Humulene

Here we have another commonly found Turkey and cannabis. This is a very interesting one because it’s one of the only terpenes that has appetite-suppressing effects that help to decrease hunger. It may also be able to help treat allergies and act as an anti-inflammatory. In terms of how it makes you feel, it was just thought to be a bit of an energy booster. This terpene is said to be very herbal, woody, spicy, and earthy.

Linalool

Here we have a terpene that is citric, floral, sweet, and fresh. Many people say that it smells like sweet lavender combined with a hint of citrus. This is a terpene that can also be found in tomatoes, sweet oranges, and coriander. This terpene is said to have sedative effects and should be able to help decrease perceptions of stress and symptoms of anxiety.

Limonene

Here we have another mood-enhancing terpene that is a thought to help induce a sense of euphoria and happiness. It is thought to be a good mood elevator and stress reliever. It is also thought to have many other benefits, such as being an antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory, plus it is thought to help protect your gastrointestinal system. As you might be able to tell by the name of it, this terpene has a scent of citrus, particularly like sweet oranges. Yes, this is one of the most commonly found terpenes in citrus fruits.

Myrcene

Here we have a very interesting terpene, as it is thought to help facilitate the transport of cannabinoids into your brain by increasing transdermal absorption. In other words, here we have a terpene that is thought to make you feel much higher than you otherwise would. It is thought to help enhance the effects of THC. At the same time, it is also thought to act as a sedative that can help you get a good night’s sleep, plus it is also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Here you are going to taste sweetness, spiciness, earthiness, and musk.

Ocimene

This terpene is described as being woody, citrusy, and fruity. This is a terpene that can also be found in many herbs, including tarragon, parsley, basil, mint, and more. This terpene is thought to be fairly uplifting, thought to make you feel happy and relaxed. It is also thought to induce coughing and act as a decongestant. It is also thought to be an antifungal agent.

Pinene

As the name implies, this terpene smells like pine or forest. In some cases, it may also produce a diesel or fuel-like smell. This terpene is said to be energizing and is thought to help make you feel more focused and alert, as well as euphoric and happy. it is also thought to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. For instance, our own Botany Farms Delta-8 Blueberry Kush has quite a piney scent.

Final Thoughts

Terpenes can slightly alter or enhance a high, especially thanks to that entourage effect when combined with THC. However, terpenes in themselves will not get you high as they are not psychoactive.

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