A) In an appropriate glass vial, test tube, beaker, or mixing container:
It is up to you to determine your ideal ratios. As a hint I suggest testing a chosen terpene quantity with 1 gram of extract until you find the ideal ratio, and the suggested ratio is a great place to start. Additionally, you can always add more terpene solution, you cannot so easily remove or add less. An overabundance of terpene solution will be overpowering, resulting in a dissatisfactory flavor and experience. Less is more. Finally, the cleaner (less impurities) your starting extract, the better experience you will be able to achieve.
**Terpenes are flammable! Exercise caution when handling and never bring near any ignition source. Terpenes are volatile and will evaporate, so be sure to store in an appropriate closed container and in a cool dark place.
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Due to the ambiguity and variety of the potential physical state of your extract, it is recommended that you start with the suggested mixing ratios and adjust the amount of terpene solution required as you see fit. If you are utilizing a very solid (glass like stability) extract, you will potentially require a greater quantity of terpene solution to create a satisfactory vape or dab solution. In contrast, if you are utilizing a very malleable (greasy taffy like stability) extract, or even a liquid live resin or distillate, you will potentially require a lesser quantity of terpene solution to create a satisfactory end product.
Depending on your desired application, your end products consistency should be perfect for any application that could benefit from a lower viscosity. Terpenes as a rule of thumb pretty much always lower the viscosity of the extract that they are being mixed with, this is because terpenes are the non-polar naturally present solvent in cannabis essential oil that are generally lost during the extraction and isolation of cannabinoids. Thus when they are reintroduced they again return the cannabinoids to a low viscosity oil.
Everything is personal preference, so our suggestions are just that, and you should feel free to experiment.
Adding terps to distillate is super important especially since terpenes are usually boiled off. Place distillate in a jar (use glass), add the terpene profile you prefer (1-2 drops per gram of distillate oil) and mix in thoroughly. Leave in the glass jar, sealed overnight so the terpenes infuse properly.
Beta – Caryophyllene: This peppery terp goes both ways, it can be invigorating but also relaxing. Some like to add this one when they are looking to calm down the stronger effects of some cannabis strains. This terp is the exception to a few rules. It plays well with ALL other terpenes, and is the only terpene shown to directly activate CB2 receptors in the brain. It acts almost like cannabis in this regard, even though it isn’t.
Using concentrate? Just add 1-5% of the total weight (we suggest starting around 2% and see how you do) When using concentrates we grab one that is supposed to taste just like the strain or profile it was named after, unfortunately many are disappointed by the lack of aroma or taste, this is because during the refining process a lot of the terpes are stripped. This is where terpene isolates or profiles come in handy. You can match the terpene profile to the strain (like Jack Herer or Granddaddy Purple) you add back in what was stripped including the aroma and taste (oh and boost the medicinal benefits to!)
Terpenes are HIGHLY concentrated plant compounds (think essential oils, but way more potent!) so a little goes a LONG way. Let that last statement sink in. a LITTLE is all you need, add to much and it will ruin the whole experience (and your beverage or your bud)
Limonene: Just like the name suggests, you are going to be hit with a citrusy smell. We like to add this one to help enhance other profiles, it does a lot but be careful if you have chronic anxiety, it can be a bit of a trigger for some. It wont have that effect if used orally (in a beverage) but when smoked it can due to mixing with THC.
We have a breakdown of each terpene isolate within our profiles for those who are looking at specific effects this will help you (or ask us we are happy to help).
If you are new to terpenes, new to cannabis or just curious we want you to feel comfortable with what you are doing. It’s fairly simple once you understand whats up!
Solubility is how well a substance can dissolve in a solvent. And that’s important here because terpenes are oils. As a general rule of thumb, terpenes dissolve well in oils and alcohol. For any other products like edibles, drinks and other foods, you should use water-soluble terpenes.
Know Your Conversions – Yes, there’s math involved. But believe us when we tell you that it’s VERY necessary. If your measurements are off then you’ll either not use enough of your terpenes or you’ll end up using too much. Either way, it’s disappointing when that happens.
But how much terpenes should you use? What should the ratio of terpene to carrier oil be? It can feel a little overwhelming at first, but luckily we’ve broken it down so you can learn how to use terpenes safely and efficiently.
Step 2: Review Your Science Knowledge
Mixing Tool – Honestly, just some sort of glass or stainless steel mixing device. You’ll use this when mixing terpenes into extracts and carriers.
Don’t worry, there won’t be a test. Well, at least we won’t give you one. The real test will be when you give your product a try for the first time. Will it blow your mind with their alluring aroma and flavor? Or will you get one whiff and hide it somewhere that, hopefully, no one will ever find it?
1 gallon = 3,785 ml = 3215 g
Terpenes and Skin Care – Certain terpenes are particularly powerful anti-inflammatories and calming scents. This makes them fantastic, beneficial ingredients to combine with skincare products! Not to mention the gorgeous scents you’ll create.