On the 23rd of July The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy (CASP) organized the 2nd annual Terpestival in Hopland CA.
The festival’s main goal is to was designed to educate the public on the contribution of terpenoids to cannabis plant-based medicine. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ethan Russo who had a presentation entitled “Terpenoids and Cannabinoids.” There were several interesting panels all concentrated around the importance of terpenes in the hemp plant.
As the name suggest, in the The Terpene Tournament™, the terpens were the stars of the show while cannabinoid content was not so relevant. All the flowers and CO2 concentrates were tested to determine the cannabinoid and terpene content. The average flower terpene content was 1.4%, due to the loss of terpene content from harvest time. The average terpene content in concentrates was 9,7%.
An important take-away message from the event was that cannabis shouldn’t be defined only by the cannabinoid profile. Terpenes and other aromatic molecules give cannabis its distinct taste/smell and are very important not only for their medicinal value but also for the enhancement of the connoisseur experience. You can find more info on the event here.