Unraveling Cannabis Aromas

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

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Unraveling Cannabis Aromas

Terpenes undeniably contribute to aroma variations, but their influence may be less pivotal than previously believed.

Studies show 

  • Tropical Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs)
  • ​Indole Derivatives
  • Senecioates
  • ​Structurally Unique Compounds not yet identified

Contribute to cannabis aroma as well

Recent studies challenge the belief that terpenes alone drive cannabis strain variations, emphasizing a nuanced perspective where indica-sativa distinctions are less significant. Terpene profiles remain similar across strains, but the study identifies minor, nonterpenoid compounds, notably volatile sulfur compounds, as significant contributors to cannabis aroma. This challenges the industry's terpene-centric approach and introduces the concept of "exotic scores," highlighting the importance of flavorants over traditional terpenes in shaping strain aromas. Specific compounds like Tropical Volatile Sulfur Compounds, Indole Derivatives, Senecioates, and Esters contribute to diverse aromas, prompting potential renaming for strategic marketing. The study emphasizes the consumer's nose in determining psychoactive appeal, challenging the reliability of THC and total terpene content as predictors. As the industry adapts, consumers are encouraged to follow their noses into the evolving world of cannabis aromas.

Stay tuned for more news on this fascinating development.

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Hi, I Am Tony Bowles

Founder at Terpene Flashcards
Founder, ASA-Maryland Chapter
Chairman, ASA-Bay Area Chapter

Tony has spent time as a cannabis activist in DC, founding the original ASA-Maryland Chapter. More recently, Tony has spent time in San Francisco, CA, as the chairman of the ASA - Bay Area Chapter. Tony spends the majority of his time curating individual cannabis experiences.

He dedicates his life to patient advocacy and enterprise level trainings for local and national cannabis companies alike.

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