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Terpene Drink Trend: Are Terpene Drinks the Next Big Thing?

Bethan Jenkins
Written by Bethan Jenkins

Ever fancied sipping a beverage that tastes just like your preferred type of pot? If so, treat yourself to a terpene-infused drink.

Cannabis experimentation is on the rise and the cannabis community is constantly learning more about terpene isolation.

Take a moment to learn a little bit about these aromatic oils and get ready to join the terpene drink trend that was inspired by the science of aromatherapy. (1)

What are cannabis terpenes?

Secreted in the same resin glands that produce cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), terpenes are also present in other plants, fruits and herbs.  These fragrant molecules provide cannabis varieties with their characteristic aromas and tastes.

Also known as terpenoids, terpenes are essential for plant survival. They boast biological and pharmacological properties that prove beneficial for humans. (2)

Can I drink terpene-infused beverages to boost my health?

Yes! Extensive, varied and fascinating, terpenes exhibit a broad scope of biological and pharmacological activities. Their antioxidant properties could protect the human body when oxidative stress is caused by cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, renal disease and liver disease. (3)

Terpenes interact with cannabinoids in a synergistic way, a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect”. (4) Beta-caryophyllene, a terpene found in botanicals like black pepper and clove, has also been shown to directly bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system.  This terpene is common in cannabis varieties like OG Kush and Hash Plant.

Quench your Thirst with these Trending Terpene-Infused Cocktails

Together, cannabis and alcohol may produce some hard-hitting effects. If you don’t want to experience intense psychoactivity, why not tantalize your taste buds with terpene drinks?

The following terpene blends can be infused into your favorite alcoholic beverages to create a classic taste:

  • Mojito – Lime OG and Thin Mint Cookies
  • Pina Colada – Banana Kush and Pineapple
  • Moscow Mule – Lime OG and Trainwreck
  • Tequila Sunrise – Tangie and Cherry
  • Sangria – Fruit Punch and Pineapple Express

How can terpenes be isolated from the cannabis plant?

Buy lab-tested cannabis flower to find out the terpene content of a specific variety. In states requiring the analytical testing of terpenes, it is required for this to be printed on the certificate of analysis for that sample, and may also be printed directly on the packaging..

Hexane and supercritical fluid extraction are two common terpene extraction procedures. However, studies show the efficiency and precision of terpene isolation is better when the steam distillation technique is carried out. (5)

References:

  1. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/aromatherapy
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4362742/  
  3. http://www.eurekaselect.com/104343/article
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5623941/
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0026265X96914228

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