Have you come across the word “terpene” in your everyday life? This buzzword has existed in nature for thousands of years, but is popping up more and more in the beverage world. You may associate it with budtenders and dispensaries, but in reality terpenes are a simple concept that don’t have to coincide with imbibing in the psychoactive side of marijuana.
You can find terpenes everywhere! To briefly put on my lab coat, terpenes are any of a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees. At Crisp & Crude, we like to say they come from plants, fruits and roots. Any time you have used lavender to get some extra beauty sleep, calming eucalyptus in the shower after a long day, or even when you pounded a few cold ones to prepare for the Super Bowl, you have utilized terpenes in your everyday life!
Fan Favorite Terpenes
As a part of both our hemp and botanicals lines, Crisp & Crude has carefully selected a few fan favorite terpenes to get you feeling groovy but still in the groove. Limonene, which you might recognize from the zest of a lemon, can provide a euphoric lift. We feature that terpene in our Mellow Mule.
Pinene can tap into a cerebral space with its earthy fresh aroma. It's great if you need to either hit the reset button or get your creative juices flowing. You'll find pinene in our Juniper OG Tonic.
Ocimene, found in herbs like basil and parsley, has a woody yet floral aroma that can make you feel happy and easygoing. If that sounds like a mental vacation you want to take, try out our Paloma Daydream.
Limonene, Like a Lemon
Now that you’ve got the basics, let’s dive a little deeper into our star terpene, Limonene. Limonene is one of the most aromatic terpenes, making its trademark citrusy scent an easy identifier. In addition to citrus, limonene also features undertones of orange.
The limonene compound can even produce hints of mint and other sharp flavored spices. Citrus fruit rinds like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits contain high amounts of limonene terpenes. Sometimes you will see bartenders twist a lemon rind on top of a cocktail- this expresses the terpenes and has a huge effect on taste and smell of the drink! It can also be found in the terpene profiles of juniper, peppermint, and rosemary.
Studies focusing on the combination of limonene and cannabinoids describe other potential benefits such as mood elevation, stress relief, and antibacterial properties.
So when life gives you limonene, crack open a can and enjoy the ride.