What’s going on Holyoke, MA tokers? Today we’re going to highlight the importance of terpenes and how to distinguish them!

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic compounds that determine the smell of many plants and herbs. However many people associate them with cannabis since the plant has a large concentration of them. Terpenes are what causes orange peels to smell the way the do, as well as pine trees, lavender, and basil. They’re used in concentrated forms in products like perfume, lotions, and cannabis vapes. However not all cannabis vapes use cannabis terpenes which is why distinguishing between terpenes is important for consumers.

Cannabis Terpenes

Cannabis terpenes work the same way they do in other plants, however cannabis terpenes can interact with cannabinoids when ingested. This chemical dance is known as the “Entourage Effect”. This effect is claimed by many tokers to change the experience they get from cannabis, and is seen by many as being more important than even the THC content of a product. In many vapes these terpenes are reintroduce after the cannabinoid extraction process. Many are strain specific, which is what most consumers expect when they’re buying their favorite strain vape. However this isn’t always the case.

Botanical Terpenes

Cannabis shares many terpenes with other plants. Limonene is a common terpene that naturally occurs in both cannabis and citrus peels. Myrcene is a terpene that occurs in mangos as well as cannabis. However many of these terpenes are lost in the extraction process and as a result manufacturers choose to get them from other plants which proves cost effective. These are known botanical terpenes. These terpenes are chemically identical to those found in cannabis however they’re more readily available. Botanical terpenes are often stigmatized for not being “natural”, however their effects are identical. Issues usually arise when consumers are expecting certain terpene content from specific strains. Botanical terpenes can change the aromas and flavors one might expect from specific strain vapes.


Hemp Terpenes

Hemp derived terpenes require more bio-mass than cannabis or botanically derived terpenes. There’s less terpene content in hemp which usually results in the entire plant being used in the extraction process. Hemp and cannabis plants are the same species, however the difference is legally defined by it’s THC content. A cannabis plant has to have less than 0.3% THC for it to be considered hemp. Hemp terpenes however are more cost effective, as hemp plants are more abundantly available. Almost all states can grow hemp, while very few have fully legalized cannabis production and consumption. As stated before terpenes between botanical, cannabis, and hemp plants are the same.




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Here at Holyoke Cannabis our mission consists of bringing premium, recreational products of all forms into a friendly, well versed dispensary. Whether you are someone who enjoys throughout the day, or a first-time user you can rely on Holyoke Cannabis to elevate your recreational experience. We supply a diverse selection of flower, pens, edibles, pre-rolls, concentrates, everything!

Our friendly staff is here to help with any and all of your cannabis needs. With as much or as little hands on time with our budtenders and staff, you are left to choose what buying experience pleases you. Just browsing or do not need assistance? Not a problem! Just let us know when you are ready, and we will supply you with whatever you need. Paper menus and seating will be available around the shop. Come in today and see why we are your go-to Massachusett’s recreational dispensary!

Customer Safety During COVID-19

Holyoke Cannabis implements a wide range of sanitation and safety measures. Health and security are major priorities for their walk-in customers. “We are constantly sanitizing our sales floor and counterspace and offer both hand sanitizer and masks to all customers.” explains Jacob Black, Marketing and procurement Manager for Holyoke Cannabis. “Customers can also pre-order through our website www.holyokecannabis.com in order to decrease your time spent in store. We take our customers safety concerns extremely seriously.”.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call 413-322-8611 and a Holyoke Cannabis Bud Tender will have the answer you need.

Products and Education

Due to the previously mentioned influx of cannabis users joining the recreational market, one major goal of Holyoke Cannabis is to properly educate and inform for both its Budtenders and Customers. Holyoke Cannabis provides an extensive product guide that details/describes all major forms of cannabis intake from yummy edibles to old school buds and everything in between. If you are more of a person-to-person learner, the Holyoke Cannabis staff is more than happy to answer all questions in a warm and friendly environment.

Revitalization of Holyoke and Holyoke Cannabis

With so many amazing business’s moving into the beautiful Mill area of 380 Dwight Street, Holyoke Cannabis expects a bright future for economic, infrastructural, and social uplift throughout Holyoke and its surrounding areas. “Holyoke Cannabis is excited to be part of such a driven community of business owners” “We only see things going up from here” remarked Jaron as the sound of new construction rings out from outside.

Location and Access

Access to transportation whether it be long distances, or one town over can be a great concern for customers who wish to partake in cannabis product safely. Holyoke Cannabis and the 380 Dwight St. plaza is located only a short distance from both a train station and local bus stop and is available to all.

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