Terpenes are the scents that are naturally present in flowers and plants around the globe. Each plant has a complex combination of multiple terpenes – which in turn gives it its unique smell. Cannabis is no different, each strain contains a unique blend of terpenes – which is the reason that there are so many different strains and aromas present!
Terpenes themselves do not contain any cannabiniods (such as; THC or CBD), and therefore create no psychoactive effects – however they are believed have multiple therapeutic therapies and are even thought to enhance a high (known as the entourage effect). More information can be found in our Introduction to Terpenes.
There are many ways in which dank terpenes can be used, such as; making your own scented candles or reed diffuser oils, making topical items such as hand cremes and bath bombs and one of the most popular methods is to combine the terpenes into an e-juice liquid, ready for vaping. We have put together a ‘micro guide’ below – which detail some of the most popular of terpenes, however it really is a matter of trial and error – so don’t be afraid to get stuck in!
It is important that you have read our; Terpene Safety page – before you use the terpenes.
Scented candles (or reed diffuser oil) are an easy way to fill your room with the smell of your favorite cannabis strain. Scented candles are relatively easy to make, and give you the freedom to choose the; size, colour, container and most importantly, the scent of your candle! We have some ready made terpene infused candles – available to buy in our store.
The main component needed to make candles is wax, and we recommend using soy wax flakes, which are affordable, environmentally friendly, and relatively easy to work with. You will also need; candle wicks (with stabilizers), the jars or containers that you intend to fill and optionally you can choose to add colourful candle dye (again flakes are recommended) in order to make your candles attractive! It is handy if you have access to a ‘double boil’ pan – however this is not necessary.
Begin by gathering your candle containers, and affixing the wicks stabilizer to the base of the container. Take care to ensure that the wick is central, as this will ensure that the candle burns evenly. If your stabilizers do not come with a ‘sticky’ base, a glue gun or blue-tac can be used to fix into position.
Once the containers are ready, you can start to melt the soy wax flakes in the double boil pan over a medium-low heat. When the flakes being to melt, you can start to gently stir the wax, taking great care – as melted wax can be very hot! Once the wax has fully melted, you can add in the candle dye and stir. Once the dye has been mixed in well, you can then start to add the dank terpenes profile of your choosing. We recommend experimenting with different ratios until you find a blend that you are happy with, although we usually suggest starting with around 3-5 drops in a tea light candle – and then adjusting depending on the size of the candle.
Once the dye (optional) and the terpenes have been added, it is time to remove from the heat and start pouring into the candle moulds (again taking care of the hot wax). It is important that the wick is kept straight throughout the process. As the wax begins to cool, you may see that the candle starts to sink in the middle. If this happens, you will need to ‘poke’ a hole in the candle and then fill the empty void with more of the re-heated wax.
After 24 hours, the candles are then ready to light and enjoy!
Just like the above, diffuser oil will help to fill the room with the scent of your favourite strain- and can easily be used in a reed diffuser or in an electronic diffuser device.
For the bulk of the mix, we recommend using as thin an oil as possible, and we personally use fractionated coconut oil, however; Almond oil and Safflower oil are good alternatives. You will also need some wick ‘reeds’, as well as a container for the liquid to rest in.
A good starting point is to begin with 25ml of the unscented oil – and then slowly adding drops of your chosen terpene profile, while stirring, until the desired fragrance is reached. We would usually recommend anywhere between 8-20 drops of oil – but this really is a personal preference, and is also dependent on which terpene profile you are using. It is important that you give the solution a good mix, which can be achieved by stirring with one of the reed diffuser sticks. If you are struggling to get the mix to bind together well, and are still seeing most of the terpenes floating on the top of the solution, then putting the mix above a low heat while stirring will help the binding process.
If you experience problems with absorption into the wicks, you can try thinning the oil with a little alcohol (a couple of ml of of isopropyl works well).
Vape Cartridges / Vape Liquid
With the possibility to vape anywhere, vape liquid, and especially pre-filled vape cartridges (which are ready to screw on to a battery and vape) have become increasingly popular in recent years. Terpenes can be added into your e-juices and vape cartridges to enhance the taste and effects. They also help to liquefy the mix, and are used to break down essential oils and concentrates.
To get started, you will need; either empty vape cartridges, an e-juice bottle or a larger atomizer (depending on which style vape you are planning to make), mixing syringes, blunt needles, a stirrer and glass containers (or one of our Terpene Mixing Kits) plus the concentrate, oil or plant extract that you are wanting to vape.
Begin by putting your concentrate, oil or plant extract that you are wanting to vape into the bottom of the glass mixing container (it is important that your concentrate has been activated). You can then begin to add the dank terpenes profile of your choice, just a couple of drops at a time. Alternatively, you can choose to add one of our Diluent Blends instead. It is recommended that you stir the mixture and apply gentle heat at this point, using an electronic heating plate/mat or on an electric induction hob (it may take a while to breakdown and turn into a liquid otherwise). Continue to slowly stir and add your chosen terpene blend – until the solution has binded together, and is one consistent colour. A maximum of 5% of the total volume of the end mix should be terpenes (that’s 0.1ml of terpenes per 2ml of final solution).
Once the mixture has been blended well, you can remove from the heat, allowing it to cool slightly (yet still warm / runny) before transferring the solution into the vape cartridges / e-juice bottles. At this point it is recommended to use a filling needle and blunt syringe to avoid spilling any of the mix. The finished solution should be left to stand for at least 12 hours before vaping.
If you are not comfortable ingesting terpenes, and feel that the scented candles and diffuser oils is not for you – then our terpenes can also be used to enhance topical products. Products such as creams and balms can be enriched with our terpenes – a practise which is becoming much more common now-a-days.
There are many other uses for terpenes, such as adding them into food or drinks. This can help to induce the entourage effect. More information can be found in our Introduction to Terpenes.
We do not recommend using our neutral terpene blend with CBD Isolate, as this will not dissolve into the mix.
Please make sure that you have read our; Terpene Safety page, before you use the terpenes.