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Terpene Tuesday: Guaiol

Guaiol is one of the terpenes that we still don’t know very much about. It does seem to be an effective insecticide, particularly against aphids. It’s also part of an essential oil shown to kill mites and ticks. It has a woody, pine-like fragrance with rose undertones and it’s actually found in a variety of different woods.

Terpene Spotlight: Humulene

Alpha humulene, also known as alpha caryophyllene, has an earthy/woody scent. It’s found in hops, so it’s responsible for the distinctive smell of beer. Like many terpenes, it fights harmful insects, but it also has some interesting medical potential for humans.

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Terpene Spotlight: Valencene

Valencene is found in citrus fruit in abundant quantities, particularly Valencia oranges. Unsurprisingly, it has a sweet, fresh, citrusy scent that occasionally has notes of wood or fresh herbs. It contributes a rich, bitter scent to the cannabis strains it’s found in.

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Herb Spotlight: Rose Hips

This week we are shining the light on rose hips in our herb spotlight! Where do rose hips come from? Yes, you’re correct, roses! But where!? They are the fruit of the roses and are often forgotten about because they fall well after the roses die. Inside of the hips are the seeds. A close relative to the apple, these mineral-rich fruits pack a punch!

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Terpene Spotlight: Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis. In fact, it’s so abundant that caryophyllene oxide is what drug-sniffing dogs smell when they identify cannabis. It is well-studied and offers some exciting medical potential, particularly for people dealing with pain, cancer, or alcohol abuse.

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Medicine Box Monday: Cultivating Cannabis in Unpredictable Weather

While our founder was on the east coast in January, networking with groups like Medicinal Genomics, he witnessed the “Bomb Cyclone”. With temperatures below zero, winds that cut through the body, and ice covering the streets it was a good time to stay inside! We were experiencing quite the opposite in the Sierra Nevada mountains; more and kayaking and hiking than skiing and bundling up by the fire.

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Terpene Spotlight: Phytol

Phytol is our focus for this week’s Terpene Tuesday. It’s the by-product of chlorophyll breaking down and a precursor to both vitamin E and vitamin K — if you take a multivitamin, this terpene probably contributed some of the vitamins.