Follow all of your senses to choose the perfect medical marijuana strain
When selecting the best variety of medical marijuana flowers to meet your needs, several factors come into play. THC content has long been considered of paramount importance; however, perhaps the terpene profile should be of an even more important consideration.
âA lot of people base their decisions on the potency of THC, but that’s a flawed and outdated way of looking at this plant,â said Morgan McGovern, chief grower at Sinse Cannabis production plant on Cherokee Street. âPeople sometimes stumble because they’ll see a 15% THC strain that looks and smells amazing, but they’ll choose a different strain that doesn’t look or smell as good because it looks and smells amazing. has a higher THC percentage. Those looking for THC end up missing out on this whole world of cannabis. The strains that I underestimate are usually the ones that I prefer.
While the THC content plays a role in how a strain makes you feel, the effects are more determined by terpenes, which are scent molecules found in cannabis, as well as other plants.
The Swade Dispensary with five locations in the St. Louis area currently offers over 30 Sinse cannabis strains, each with unique terpene profiles. âAromas that appeal to your palate tend to provide the optimum effects you are looking for; if you don’t like the smell of a strain, this probably isn’t the best option for you, âsaid Lauraâ Lobo âConley, general manager of Swade’s Delmar Loop site. “Strains richer in citrus scents will provide more energizing effects while diesel scents are more calming.”
Unlike many dispensaries, Swade provides terpene data for each strain in order of dominance, and the experts at each dispensary can help you determine which terpene profiles are best for you. In each location’s head bar, you can see the cannabis in bright lights, learn about its cannabinoid and terpene content, and smell the flower to determine what pleases your senses.
Swade has also mastered a very complex harvesting process to perfectly preserve terpenes, as well as coveted cannabinoids like THC and CBD. âIn order to maximize the preservation of terpenes, it’s crucial to have exactly the right amount of drought when harvesting,â McGovern said. âIf you dry out too quickly, you get that hay smell where it doesn’t smell of cannabis anymore. And if you take too long to dry, you get that damp, musty dog ââsmell. There’s a great place to dry out just fast enough, but it’s a fine line that maintains that terpene profile.
At Sinse’s grow facilities, after the plants are cut, they are hung up to dry as whole plants, rather than cut into individual branches, resulting in the highest quality buds possible. âMissouri is very humid so you need to watch it carefully. If it takes too long to dry, you risk molding it, âMcGovern said. âIn our curing room, we keep it at around 60% humidity and 65 degrees. Plants should take about 14 days to reach optimal drought. We have definitely reduced the harvesting process to a science.
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