The 10 Terp Commandments: How to Preserve the Aroma of Your CannabisDavid DownsSeptember 28, 2018
But look around you and you’ll still see people unknowingly wasting their precious time and hard-earned money, throwing perfectly good cannabis terpenes to the wind. Don’t make the mistake of sullying divine flavors with cheap plastic bags and resiny old pipes.
It’s time to emancipate yourself from mental slavery. Here are ten terpene preservation commandments—guidelines to help you identify, preserve, and appreciate your bud’s flavorful potential.
Thou Shalt Smell Your Cannabis Before You Buy It (If Possible)
The nose is the seat of memory and an evolutionary marvel. Let it lead you to the cannabis you’ll instantly know as “home.” The hippies turned out to be right: aromatherapy has empirical effects and it starts with the retail smelling experience.
Thou Shalt Leave No Terp Behind
Plastic degrades terpenes and cannabinoids. Get it out of cheap supply chain packaging and into some glass promptly. Seal your terps up tightly at all times. Smell loud in the air? That’s your hard-earned money, and someone else’s time, resources, and energy off-gassing in a room. Don’t let them escape, except into your nose and lungs.
Thou Shalt Store Strains Separately
Different types of cannabis are called strains, and they’re as real as different breeds of dog. “What breed is it?” “Dog. It’s a dog-type dog.” See how silly that sounds? Showcase your intelligence and preserve them separately.
Thou Shalt Keep Your Pieces Clean of Foul-Smelling Resin
Do you drink wine out of an old glass that’s been sitting outside on your sun deck for few days? No. Look—we get it. Keeping glass clean is hard. Just try, will you? Do it for the terps. The important thing is striving toward goals, not completing them all the time.
Thou Shalt Burn No Terp Before Its Time
Heat and light breaks the delicate chemical bonds of terpenes, burning them. You’re wasting nature’s gift. Don’t cook terps in your hot car. Preserve flowers in a cool and dark place until it’s time to shine.
Also, dab at low temperatures.
Thou Shalt Use a Grinder
Thou Shalt Use a Hemp Wick
Just as you light a cigar with a wooden match, you can light cannabis with a tiny bit of hemp wick. The butane in a Bic lighter seemingly masks the terpenes and gives all bud the same dull sweet taste.
Thou Shalt Not Hoard Terps
Time is the thief that steals all. So enjoy your terps fresh and share liberally in cannabis’ long-held tradition. To be miserly or withhold is unbecoming.
Thou Shalt Spread the Terp Gospel with Humility and Grace
Because no one likes a snob.
Got your own terp conservation commandments? Email California Editor David Downs at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions and we’ll update and credit you.