What should you be shopping for? Could there be a chance that the terpene levels are a stronger sway on the common consumer’s cannabis experience than the THC? We can count the THC-chasers out of that question. Without diminishing the value or down-talking the most amazing tetrahydrocannabinol, I would simply like to point out the fact that perhaps the terpenes have a bigger role than one may think. Out of the 113 known to modern research, cannabinoid levels may not dominate the market as we once thought.

Terpenes have been studied for more than 100 years, and with more than 50,000 known terpenes found in nature, they have shown to have endless potential in the consumer world — from cleaning supplies, beauty products and even an irrefutable role in the health and wellness world.

As someone who has been in the industry since the first day of legalization in Alaska, I have seen the same pattern in the almost three years our beautiful state has been in the rec scene. And that’s THC hunting. It’s time to bring awareness to the full potential of every part of this plant. Prices based around the THC level simply just don’t make sense to a local TerpNerd like myself. I mean, the experience depends on so many other components. What if you were told you can achieve those recreational goals with high terpenes and a varied cannabinoid percentage? Yes, terpenes and other cannabinoids play a massive role not only in the medicinal value of this gorgeous plant but also the much sought-after euphoria and pain relief as well.

THC levels are just too broad, THCA, THCV, Delta-8, Delta-9, 11-Hydroxytetrahydrocannabinol…. sorry, couldn’t resist. Did you know Delta-9 THC is the only cannabinoid the federal government requires within a plant to classify it as marijuana? If those levels of Delta -9 are under 0.3%, it is considered hemp. Well, that’s good news for us.

But now we are getting off track. My main premise of this column is to bring awareness to the very undermined alternative constituents of the cannabis plant. Terpenes play a huge role in our day-to-day lives, and the wealth of knowledge built within the holistic community should to be open and available to all individuals looking to better their quality of living. It’s time to come together. It’s time to bring light to a natural approach.

It’s your local TerpNerd signing off of this month’s issue of The Alaska Cannabist! Watch out for next month’s issue covering some pretty impressive immunomodulators about to hit the scene.

Anthony Dellapietro lives in Wasilla. He owns NuLyfe Labs LLC.

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