David Good, owner of The Green Door in Seattle. Budtenders at the store will teach you about cannabis and help you find a product that suits your needs.

David Good, owner of The Green Door in Seattle. Budtenders at the store will teach you about cannabis and help you find a product that suits your needs.

‘Budding’ chemists: learning the science behind a familiar plant

You probably know THC and CBD, but this Seattle budtender suggests digging deeper

Terroir. Flavor profile. Aroma.

Wine connoisseurs have been geeking out for centuries parsing each sip, and now the cannabis industry is doing the same. Curious about the components but don’t know where to start? Jakob Miller at The Green Door can help.

“It’s really cool when customers start paying attention to the different elements. Not only is it interesting, that knowledge can also be really helpful in narrowing down what works for you,” Miller says.

Cannabinoids

These natural compounds in the cannabis plant interact with your body in different ways. Learn how the three most common cannabinoids affect you, and you’ll better predict suitable products.

  • THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is the main psychoactive component in cannabis. But Miller says if you only focus on THC content you’re missing out.
  • CBD: For most people cannabidiol has a less psychoactive effect, and has been used to support those with conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia and pain.
  • CBG: Cannabigerol is a minor component of most cannabis, but Miller suggests taking advantage of higher CBG concentrations if you’re trying cannabis to help with inflammation. “It can also be helpful for sleep and rest,” he says.

Terpenes

Terpenes are chemical compounds naturally found in many plants, particularly conifers (think of that pine-fresh scent). In cannabis terpenes contribute a lot to aroma and each has a different flavor profile, but they can also be a clue to finding the perfect strain for your needs.

“They’ve identified over 100 terpenes in the cannabis plant, and each one has different effects. Everyone responds to cannabis differently, but paying attention to terpenes will help narrow down what works for you,” Millers says.

Three terpenes worth researching:

  • Limonene: “If you want something uplifting, limonene typically makes people feel sunny and creative, and is common in Sativas,” Miller says. It’s also found in citrus fruit peels.
  • Myrcene: Myrcene might remind you of your favorite IPA with its balsam, hoppy aroma, and is often used for relaxation.
  • Turpinolene: Its aroma is complex, but many describe it as fresh. Try turpinolene for energy, and see how it works for you.

Method of consumption

If you’re curious about cannabis but don’t like the idea of smoking, there are plenty of other consumption methods you can try. If your main goal is pain management, Miller suggests consuming sublingually, putting a drop of cannabis oil under your tongue.

“A little goes a long way — a droplet the size of a rice grain is usually all you need,” he says.

For pain management Miller suggests an RSO (Rick Simpson Oil, named after a cancer patient who experienced success with the oil) like Hindu Kush which is heavy in CBD and CBG, and can help with relaxation and pain.

Visit The Green Door at 828 Rainier Ave. South or explore the online store at thegreendoorseattle.com. Call 206-618-7133 to chat with a budtender about your needs, goals and history, and find a product that works for you.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Marketplace

tsr
Silencil Review: Legit Customer Scam Complaints to Know First?

What is Silencil? Silencil is a revolutionary new product designed to help… Continue reading

Okinawa
Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic Reviews – Know THIS Before Buying!

The Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic is part of the extensive and constantly… Continue reading

Autaphagene
Autaphagene Reviews – Golden After 50 Supplement Benefits?

Tired of fighting the ongoing battle against stubborn fat and weight gain?… Continue reading

main image
VisiSharp Reviews: Supplement Side Effects or Safe Ingredients?

VisiSharp is a daily supplement that improves the health of the eyes… Continue reading

Keravita main image
Keravita Pro Reviews (2021) What are Actual Customers Saying

Keravita Pro is an anti-fungal supplement created and manufactured by a team… Continue reading

teaser
BPS-5 Reviews (Scam or Legit?) What are Customers Saying?

BPS-5 Reviews: Is Golden After 50 Blood Pressure Pill Legit? BPS-5 by… Continue reading

teaser
Meta Slim Complete Reviews – What to Know Before Buying!

Meta Slim Complete Reviews - Simple Promise Scam Complaints? According to a… Continue reading

Peak main image
Peak BioBoost Reviews: Ingredients That Work or Fake Powder?

Peak BioBoost is a nutritional supplement that claims to have helped 84,000+… Continue reading

BioFit Reviews main image
BioFit Reviews – What are the Customers Saying About BioFit?

Update for May 2021: The month of May for the top selling… Continue reading

main image
Bio Complete 3 Reviews – Supplement Worth the Money to Buy?

Bio Complete 3 is a daily immunity-boosting supplement that focuses on improving… Continue reading

main image
TressAnew Reviews – Legit Pills or Negative Scam Complaints?

Tress Anew is a daily hair growth formula that helps consumers to… Continue reading

tsr
Keto Advanced 1500 Reviews: Advanced Weight Loss Pill Risks?

Advanced Keto 1500 is a nutritional supplement that helps individuals lose weight… Continue reading