Thinking about picking up some Blue Dream? Gear up for a dreamy experience worthy of a glance at classic, relaxed works of art like the Mona Lisa or Starry Night. One of Hollywood’s most beloved strains, Blue Dream’s appeal extends far beyond its well-earned reputation for chill, nigh-on romantic euphoria. It also ranks as one of the cannabis strains packing the most interesting and fully fleshed profiles of terpenes around.
Cannabinoid fanatics: time to broaden your horizons. As science and technology reveal deeper nuances of cannabis, the weed community at large is starting to appreciate the magic of marijuana beyond its cannabinoid content, particularly terpenes.
Terpenes are fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity. These oils are secreted in a flower’s sticky resin glands, the same glands responsible for THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. Importantly, terpenes are not at all unique to cannabis: they can be located in many other herbs, fruits, and plants beyond weed.
And like cannabinoids, terpenes hold fast to receptors in the brain and help create various effects. There’s a long list of terpenes out there, with Blue Dream featuring several of the best-known types.
Pinene is the primary terpene found in Blue Dream. Pinene announces itself sharp, sweet pine aroma, and cannabis strains featuring pinene, like Blue Dream, are known for helping to improve memory retention and alertness. This terpene also helps support medical conditions like inflammation and breathing issues like asthma.
Like all terpenes, pinene is not restricted to Blue Dream or any other strain. It appears in nature, found in such scent-appropriate places like pine needles, conifers, and sage.
What’s more, the pinene in Blue Dream provides a slight lift to users’ energy and focus. Pinene has also been proven to inhibit some of THC’s activity, paving the way for a more peaceful psychoactive onset, sharper cerebral skills, and improved cognitive functioning.
Three additional compounds round out the most commonly cited terpene profile for Blue Dream: myrcene, terpinolene and caryophyllene, all of which exhibit the following medical characteristics:
● analgesic pain relief
● anti-proliferation of cancer cells
Lovely-smelling plants like sweet basil, hops, mangos, lemon grass, bay, thyme and parsley naturally feature myrcene in abundance. (NOTE: Ever heard, “Eat a mango before you smoke, you’ll get higher that way?” Credit myrcene with having launched that not untrue bit of street advice.)
Terpinolene is a potent sedative often located in tea tree oil, a common ingredient in natural or organic soaps, detergents, lotions and perfumes. Finally, caryophyllene has been hailed for halting damage to the nervous system and brain. Cannabis connoisseurs cite this terpene as the source of black pepper’s inherent spiciness; it can be spotted in cloves, hops and rosemary.
Blue Dream’s blueberry aroma makes it hard to assess a detailed breakdown of its terpene profile by the nose alone. Professional lab testing is, far and away, the most confidence-instilling method of determining exactly how the terpenes take shape in any particular handful of this dreamy, celeb-adored strain.
Are you a Blue Dream enthusiast? Please leave your comment below: how have you experienced these terpenes while enjoying this strain?