Tips For Ordering Weed Online: What Terpenes Help Minimize Munchies
Have you been wanting to order weed online to enjoy its many benefits but worried about the side effects of cannabis use? More specifically, are you concerned about the munchies, potential weight gain, and unhealthy food choices that can accompany your high? With COVID-19 regulations and stay-at-home orders especially, Ontarians are getting less and less exercise, which may be wreaking havoc on your waistline if cannabis products have understandably become part of your social distancing self-care routine.
While munchies can definitely be an issue with many cannabis strains, there are just as many you can enjoy without feeling the urge to head straight to your refrigerator or double down on some takeout. The key to identifying which strains will stimulate or suppress appetite is a compound called terpenes. The experts at our online marijuana store, Terra Tonic, have broken down all you need to know about terpenes and the dreaded munchies.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are found in most plants and provide to plants their aromatic properties – that is, how they smell and taste. Marijuana naturally contains a high concentration of terpenes unique to cannabis plants and specific strains, which is why some strains smell and taste more floral or earthy, while in contrast others are more gassy or skunky. In addition to palate and aroma, terpenes determine the physical and mental effects that cannabis provides, like energy level, focus, mood, and appetite.
Why Are Terpenes More Prevalent in Cannabis Oil Versus Cannabis Bud
If you’re trying to be mindful of terpenes in order to avoid the munchies, it’s essential to also consider how your method of consumption can affect your terpene intake. Cannabis oils are a type of concentrate where the plant particles have been dissolved and stripped away to leave behind just cannabinoids (THC, CBD) and terpenes – just the stuff that gets you high along with aroma and flavour. Think of it this way: when you smoke cannabis flower, you have to burn through the bud, along with a bit of leaf and stem particles, just to get some terpenes and cannabinoids. When using cannabis oil, it’s all about terpenes and cannabinoids, making each drop ultra-potent. Cannabis oils are also typically consumed sublingually and then ingested. It’s no secret that oral consumption of cannabis products, like edibles, has a more intense and longer-lasting effect.
Terpenes That Minimize Munchies
Enough about what terpenes are – we’re here to discuss which ones will keep you from having to upgrade your wardrobe during quarantine, despite having nowhere to go – if you catch our drift. If you’re a stoner looking to kick-start a new weight loss routine, or have always taken care of your physical fitness and diet, here are the cannabis terpenes that will help you manage your appetite and boost energy to help get your body moving.
Humulene, also known as alpha-caryophyllene, is a terpene found in many plants known for woody, earthy or hoppy aromas (including hops themselves)and is often dubbed the “weightloss terpene.” Not only does humulene suppress feelings of hunger, thereby reducing appetite, but it also works in conjunction with other cannabis components to boost metabolism and promote fat loss.
In addition to these direct effects on appetite and weight, humulene also boasts anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve bodily pain and physical conditions that may hinder getting enough exercise.
As its name would suggest, limonene is a terpene commonly found in the peels of citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruit and is one of the most prevalent terpenes found in cannabis besides myrcene. Like humulene, limonene is an effective appetite suppressant and offers antimicrobial benefits against illnesses that may hinder physical mobility – but that’s not all.
In addition to its effects on appetite and physical pain, and illness, limonene has been known to boost mood and energy levels. Cannabis strains with high concentrations of limonene have been used to treat anxiety and depression by generating positive, uplifting feelings and a motivation to create and accomplish. Combining the appetite suppressing and energy-boosting effects of limonene makes the strains containing this terpene helpful in reducing munchies and a beneficial booster to your workout routine.
Weed Strains Containing Humulene Terpenes
Now that you know which terpenes to look for, you’ll want to know which cannabis strains contain the terpenes you want. If you’re simply looking to manage your appetite and maintain your current figure, strains high in humulene will be most ideal for you. Here, we’ve curated a few of our favourite high-humulene strains:
One of the oldest and most well-known cannabis strains, OG Kush, is a stimulating sativa that comes highly recommended for social consumption. With stimulating physical and mental effects, OG Kush has a reputation for improving mood and causing physical activity to feel more enjoyable, making exercise and team activities that much more satisfying.
Another very popular strain, Bubba Kush, has OG Kush origins but is a heavy-hitting indica. Though it contains high amounts of humulene, even if it didn’t, Bubba Kush would likely put you to sleep before you’d be able to munch out, anyway.
Weed Strains Containing Limonene Terpenes
Tahoe OG Kush
Tahoe OG Kush is an ideal limonene-prominent strain for nighttime use. Though it is an indica-dominant strain, Tahoe OG Kush offers some distinct sativa-like benefits. Tahoe OG Kush induces euphoria and uplifted mood, while gently lulling you to a night of restful sleep. Studies have shown improved mood and good rest reduce cortisol levels that can lead to weight gain.
Deriving its name from its African roots, Red Congo is a sativa strain that almost exclusively affects mood and energy levels, making it ideal for supporting a morning run or sun salutation. Red Congo stimulates creativity and focus without stimulating the appetite or even causing pasties.
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