One of the fun parts of writing is all the reading and research that has to be done in order to complete the blog or article. What?! Yes, I said that was the fun part, even though we know that a lot of people might think it’s a crazy thing to say. Okay, let’s rephrase it: One of the fun parts of writing is all the learning that comes with it. How’s that? Okay.
So, reading about terpenes, (we’ve written about them in some earlier blogs) has opened up new doors to our knowledge of how cannabis is structured and what effects they may have. We learned why different strains of marijuana taste and smell the way they do (because of terpenes) and that some terpenes have unique properties that have been shown to have highly medicinal benefits to them. Scientists have isolated over a hundred terpenes in cannabis, and their continuing research, there’s that word again, is turning up some very interesting results.
Without going too deep into the heavy scientific language that is used in sterile research laboratories, we’ll try to explain in layman’s terms what a certain study discovered and why they named a new terpene Hashishene.
Myrcene, also known as β-myrcene, (beta-myrcene), as we have posted about before, is one of the most abundant chemical elements and also one of the most important terpenes in cannabis. When ingested, it produces analgesic effects (pain relief) and sedative effects along with being a great anti-inflammatory. Myrcene is also found in hops, lemongrass and mangos, and that’s why pot and mangos as well as beer and weed go so well together. Drinking lemongrass tea can also take the edge off of bodily pain and inflamed joints and muscles because of the myrcene in it.
So, hashishene is what some French researchers have dubbed the new terpene that β-myrcene transforms into through the process of making hash. During the extraction and concentration of trichomes and terpenes from the bud of the cannabis plant, photo-oxidation occurs, that is, oxidation caused by light. This action changes β-myrcene into a brand new terpene that the scientists have dubbed hashishene.
The process of making hash from fresh or dried buds, produces clear differences in the terpene profile. The hash samples that were analyzed clearly showed the new terpene, hashishene, to be exclusive to the hash and not in the marijuana that it was derived from, even though the new terpene was definitely transformed from the source marijuana and its myrcene. It is as though a new species of terpene has developed or mutated through a man-made process of extracting, concentrating and then allowing the resins from the terpenes and trichomes to oxidize by immersing them in light. It sounds so simple and yet something new has been discovered.
The scientists are certainly happy with this discovery and they are now investigating the potential of this myrcene derivative to see what super medicinal qualities it may hold for us in the future. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why this new terpene has gotten a name for itself: hashishene.