Welcome back cannabis flavors lovers. Today we want to deepen the topic of terpenes and hashish, which terpenes for hashish are the most used, and discover the importance of adding terpenes to hashish.
We will also look at the different types of cannabis concentrates or distillates to which terpenes can be added, the role of beta-myrcene in hashish and much more.
Terpenes and hashish:
Why add terpenes to cannabis concentrates or cannabis extracts?
We know that terpenes play a really important role when consuming cannabis products, since they have a direct relationship with the flavor, aroma and effect.
If there is an absence of terpenes in the cannabis extraction, the effects of cannabinoids will be different, because the synergy between cannabinoids and terpenes (entourage effect) would be lacking . Also, in the absence of terpenes, the taste and smell will be less intense and less pleasant.
During the extraction processes, some terpenes are lost depending on the process used, the working temperature, etc.
If you start with a good material to extract, you can obtain cannabis or hash concentrates with a good terpene profile, even so, add extra terpenes can bring the final touch of quality.
If for whatever reason you have some hashish, rosin, BHO, or other extract that doesn’t smell or have not enough flavor, you can add terpenes and greatly improve its quality.
The addition of terpenes to hashish is a very popular technique, so it guarantee more intense aromas and flavors. Also you can choose the strain that you like more. Adding terpenes can transform its texture making it softer and fresher.
The terpene profiles of Cali Terpenes naturally increase the aroma and flavor of hash and other cannabis extractions, since all our ingredients are of botanical origin, NOT of synthetic origin.
The recommended amount of terpenes for hashish is between 0.5 and 4%. It is highly recommended to test from the smallest to the largest quantity and wait at least 24 hours to appreciate the real change, since simply adding it the aroma is too intense and the flavor will not be completely integrated.
The hashish day after day will transform its aroma and flavor, become increasingly integrated in the flavor and the aroma will stabilize. Also, if you added the terpenes directly, the texture will become more “fresh”.
The amount of terpenes for hashish or other cannabis extracts can vary depending on the type of extraction that you want to flavor. It will also depend on the method used, the quality of the material to be flavored and the intensity of the taste and smell you want to obtain.
Different types of cannabis extracions and added terpenes:
There are different types of cannabis extracts, concentrates and distillates to which we can add terpenes:
- Dry extractions: dry sift, hash, kief …
This type of extraction (dry hashish or traditional hashish) is the most common in Europe and especially in Spain, given the tradition of consuming hashish from Morocco, which is also currently produced also in other countries.
There are different types of qualities (currently the dry sift, filtered hash, etc. are increasing) based on the cleanliness or purity of the final product.
- Extractions with solvents: BHO, shatter, budder, wax, live resin, …
BHO is one of the most performed extractions on an industrial level or when large quantities of cannabis or cannabis trims remains, as it is one of the methods with the maximum yield and quality.
Of course, it is essential to use specialized machinery and have technical knowledge to do it correctly and that it is not toxic, since in their process they use solvents such as isobutane.
This type of extraction has a high cannabinoid content, but does not always have a high level of terpenes.
There is also a large upward trend in the production of famous “live resin” or “diamonds” through extraction with solvent.
Terpenes help speed up this process, as well as improve the aroma, flavor and final effect.
The famous battle between “solvent” and “less solvent” is known among consumers and cannabis extractors, in which some defend against the use of solvents in their extractions (subsequently eliminated) and others against the non-use of solvents. Either way, this is one of the most common extraction methods, especially in the American market.
- Extractions without solvents: rosin, Bubble Hash (water hash), rosin sauce, …
Solvent-free extracts are preferred by cannabis users, as they tend to have a better aroma and flavor, more than remarkable potency and the certainty that solvents have not been used to extract them, which could be harmful if they were not well purified.
The most popular, is the iceolator (bubble hash, water hash …) made with water, ice and filter bags, but also rosin is one of the most famous extraction techniques that in recent years as it is one of the fastest methods, easier and with spectacular results.
Furthermore, terpenes will speed up the process of “rosin jam” or “diamonds & sauce”, since this process is based on the pressure exerted by terpenes on cannabinoids and other components of rosin.
- THC or CBD distillates, THCA,…(recently very fashionable cannabis concentrates) are basically cannabinoid concentrates, the most used, THC and CBD.
The more a cannabinoid is isolated, the more power it has, but each time it has less terpenes and consequently less aroma, flavor and entourage effect.
This is why the use of terpenes in this product is very common, since with the same “product base”, it is possible to obtain many products with different flavor, aroma and effect.
In our terpenes guide you can find interesting tutorials and videos on how to properly add terpenes to hashish and other cannabis extracts.
Beta-myrcene, hashishene and traditional hashish:
There is a rather interesting anecdote about one of the terpenes that has been found in traditional hashish. This terpene seems to be responsible for the characteristic and appreciated odor of this type of extraction.
In 2014, French authorities seized a significant batch of hashish arriving from the Rif mountains in Morocco. This batch was given to a group of academics from the University of Nice to try and develop a new police device capable of detecting the presence of cannabis without the use of dogs.
What the researchers eventually discovered was something completely different: a new terpene, produced by the degradation of another terpene.
Their results have been published in a study that describes in detail the presence of a new compound, known as: 5,5-dimethyl-1-vinylbicycle [2.1.1] hexane.
They found large quantities of this terpene in hash samples, up to 14%, while they are hardly found in dried flowers.
Since it was unique to hashish, they called it “Hashishene“, and therefore they began the search to find out why it existed.
They found that Hashihene is originally beta-myrcene, which when exposed to sunlight, high temperatures and oxygen it degraded and oxidized, turning into 5,5-dimethyl-1-vinylbicycle [2.1.1] hexane or Hashishene.
The researchers were also able to conclude that many of the minor terpenes found in the cannabis plant are, in effect, oxidized versions of the main terpenes. Examples of these main terpenes include Myrcene, Pinene, Linalool, Caryophyllene and Humulene.
A good result for a study started with other intentions!
What are the most used terpenes for hashish?
The cannabis terpenes profiles (cannabis aromas) to be used in cannabis extracts can vary depending on the aroma we want to obtain and above all: at your convenience!
If you are looking for the aroma that you bring to Africa, deep and fruity notes, you can choose a high variety of beta-myrcene, for example:
If we want to travel with the mind to India or Nepal, we will choose oriental or “Kush” flavors such as:
For lovers of sativa and “Haze” aromas, the most citrus aromas with hints of incense we recommend without a doubt:
For those who love orange or mandarin, as well as “Diesel” varieties, these are some of the most recommended:
Today, American varieties are also very popular, as they offer new and intriguing flavors, some of the most used are:
Some of the latest growing trends in the main hash-producing country, Morocco, have opted for very new American varieties, which have a very curious aroma that you can enhance:
Classics that do not fail, almost all cannabis users will have tried these varieties:
Top 5 terpenes for hashish:
After years in the terpenes market, we have found some varieties are the most used terpenes for hash. That’s why so far we have developed a savings package with the 5 most used varieties for hashish, the terpene Pack Hashtag 1.
In addition, in the Cali Terpenes’ packs category you will find different packs of terpenes: classified according to their main terpenes, such as the Pack Linalool 2, classified according to the origin of the varieties, such as the Pack USA 2 and other characteristics as the aroma, such as the pack Sweet 1.
Even so, in Cali Terpenes we have 47 different terpenes profiles, all usable for the same.
In the information sheet of each terpene profile, you will find the main terpenes contained in them, for example: Linalool, Mircene, Limonene, Pinene…
Each of these terpenes has different properties, if you want to deepen this aspect you can find the complete articles in the information about terpenes.
Do not hesitate to visit our tutorials and videos on how to add terpenes to cannabis extracts:
For any questions or if you want to say what is your favorite variety of terpenes hash, leave a comment or contact our technical team via social network, email or telephone.
* Most of the photographs were taken from the photographic archive of our Eva Seeds cannabis experts
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