Tropical + Floral: Classification of Cannabis by THC and Terpenes
Tropical and Floral cultivars have similar terpene profiles. The presence of these terpenes may contribute to their similar effects, which are purported to provide an initial focused uplift that may transition into a calming, soothing and a relaxing state. - Written by Randy Villarba
The understanding that terpene profiles play a more crucial role than THC levels in determining the effects of cannabis is gaining momentum. Terpenes, which are the essential oils responsible for the distinctive aromas and flavors of the cannabis plant, have a profound influence on how the plant's effects are perceived when they interact with the body's endocannabinoid system. As a result, a thorough analysis of a cannabis strain's terpene profile provides a more comprehensive understanding of its potential effects and health benefits, surpassing the examination of THC levels alone.
This new insight is transforming the way cultivars are categorized beyond just indica and sativa. The Emerald Cup Cannabis Classification System, based on PhytoFacts® powered by SC Labs, is reshaping the conversation about what defines "quality" in cannabis products. The Emerald Cup, SC Labs, and NAPRO Research have formed a partnership to revolutionize the collective understanding of terpenes as a key metric in determining quality.
The overall aim is to shed light on the significance of these delicate and volatile terpenes in creating and enhancing the entourage effect. This new classification system is striving to redefine the correlation between cannabinoids and terpene ratios. This will continue to shape the understanding we all have of the relationship between terpenes, flavors, aromas, and possibly the effects of cannabis.
Tropical + Floral Class
Tropical and Floral cultivars have similar terpene profiles. Both types are high in the terpenes ocimene, myrcene and caryophyllene. Ocimene is known for its fresh floral and herbal aroma and flavor. Myrcene offers a musky, floral and earthy aroma and flavor. Limonene has a sweet, citrusy and tropical fruit-like aroma and flavor. The presence of these terpenes in both of these hybrid strains may contribute to their similar effects, which are purported to provide an initial focused uplift that may transition into a calming, soothing and a relaxing state.
Lemon Ting, a cross of Lemon Cherry Pie with Girl Scout Cookies, has aromas of potent lemon citrus with hints of cherry and a mild cookie taste. Lemon Ting’s effects may pack an uplifting punch, followed by a full body relaxing and euphoric experience. Its dominant terpenes are limonene, caryophyllene, and myrcene.
Tropicanna, a renowned cannabis strain, is the result of crossing Orange Crush with SFV OG Phenotype #17 by Cannabiotix. It has earned multiple awards, including being listed among High Times Top Ten best tasting strains in 2015, thanks to its distinctive terpene profile. This sativa-dominant hybrid is known for its delicious flavor, reminiscent of freshly squeezed orange juice blended with tangy pineapple. Tropicanna is purported to induce cerebral effects that enhance focus, clarity, and uplift the spirit, making it an excellent choice for daytime use or boosting creativity. Its notable terpenes are myrcene, limonene, and pinene.
The Cherry Tropicana strain is the result of crossing Cherry Cookies with Tropicana Cookies, resulting in a unique aroma that combines sweet and sour citrus notes with cherry overtones. Cherry Tropicanna is currently available in a 5 pack of Paddy’s Baddies Pre-Rolls.
When consumed, Cherry Tropicana has the potential to produce a vibrant and energizing effect, which gradually evolves into a state of motivation and cerebral euphoria. The dominant terpenes found in Cherry Tropicana are myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene.
Indulge in the flavors of Michigan's finest cannabis with DOC 517. Named after the state's area code, DOC 517 is a carefully crafted hybrid strain that combines OG Chemdawg and Double OG Sour genetics. This unique cultivar boasts a tantalizing array of flavors, including notes of spruce tip, lemonade, and jet fuel exhaust. Known for its purported cerebral and uplifting effects, DOC 517 may initially provide a stimulating sensation that transitions into a state of deep relaxation, offering a well-rounded cannabis experience. Dominant terpenes are myrcene, limonene and pinene.
Guava Gelato, a cross of Guava and Gelato #33 has a tropical fruit and sweet cream aroma with a shortbread exhale that will keep you coming back for more. The initial onset might be uplifting and creative and may later ebb and flow into a more laid back and lethargic state, allowing one to wind down and enjoy the day with ease and tranquility.
Buddha's Hand by Grizzly Peak Farms is a hybrid strain that combines the genetics of Lemonchello and White Runtz. Known for its prominent citrus, lemongrass, and earthy aromas and flavors, this strain is said to provide a cerebral tingling sensation that can elevate mood. Additionally, it is purported to induce a full body euphoria, giving a sensation of floating in the clouds. Dominant terpenes are myrcene, caryophyllene and pinene.
Heavy Hitters Hawaiian Dream 3:1 Vape Cartridge
Heavy Hitters Hawaiian Dream 3:1 Vape Cartridge is made with 100% cannabis terpenes and is a 3:1 CBD blend. Hawaiian Dream is a hybrid cultivar that is known for its tropical and fruity aroma. This strain is believed to have originated from the Hawaiian Islands. As its name may hint, Hawaiian Dream is a cross between the sativa strains Blue Dream and a Hawaiian sativa dominant cultivar.
Hawaiian Dream’s aroma is sweet and tropical with notes of pineapple, mango, and papaya, while its flavor is similarly sweet and fruity with a hint of earthy skunk. It is purported that Hawaiian Dream produces a strong and uplifting high that is both relaxing and euphoric. This makes it a great choice for users looking for a boost of energy and creativity.
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