Terpenes are mixed not only to get their distinct smell and aroma but also to benefit the human body. With the increase in products in the market, most manufacturers experiment with how they can mix the terpenes to create different products. Some factors to consider when mixing terpenes include; selecting the right terpene, following instructions, and being slow while mixing them.
Mixing terpenes might seem like a difficult task to pull off. However, some basic knowledge is needed for you to be perfect at it. The main reason one would want to mix terpenes is to get their preferred and desired product. To achieve the goal, you need to check on several steps. Some issues include the terpenes types, the number of terpenes that should be used, and whether the main focus should be on the effects or the flavors that the terpene should give. Most of these issues are the ones that make the mixing of terpenes seem like a hard task. However, you are good to go once you follow all the steps. Terpenes can be mixed with extracts and concentrates.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are organic compounds found in the hemp plant and help give out a distinct smell and aroma. They are not only responsible for the distinct smell but also have a lot of benefits for both the plants and an individual. Some terpenes help in pollination and keeping predators away from plants, while others assist in an individual's health issues. It's associated with the wellness and health of an individual.
What are Concentrates and Extracts
According to Hazekamp (2018), extracts are always considered the same as concentrates. However, they differ slightly. Concentrates need solvents for them to get or achieve in making their final product. These terms have been used to mean the same thing. . For one to get the concentrate, they need first to remove the unnecessary items. The final desired product is what is considered to be the concentrate. Extracts are always considered to be the same as concentrates. However, you should note that not all concentrates are considered extracts.
Reasons for Mixing Concentrates and Extracts with Terpenes
According to Pourseyed (2020), cannabinoids are the most expensive products, but that does not mean they are the most important in every mixture. This is because terpenes play a vital role in giving the final product the flavor and the scents. It is therefore important to check how you handle the terpenes when mixing them with the extracts and concentrates. Too much heat can destroy the terpenes, losing their effectiveness. You do not want to lose the benefits and flavors they give out. Terpenes help in aroma and flavors. Furthermore, they are beneficial to an individual. Terpenes may lose their effects when tampered with, especially with too much light or heat. To avoid losing the taste and effects, the terpenes should be added in the final stage when mixing them. This will help in making sure that their distinct smell and its benefits.
Steps to Follow When Mixing Terpenes
Select the Right Terpene
When planning to mix the terpenes, the best thing you should have in mind is which terpene you should use, as explained by Englund et al. (2018). You need to bring out your creative side so that you may get your desired final product. If it's a sweet smell you aim to get, choose a terpene that will suit your preference. You can also mix different terpenes with concentrates and extracts. The selection of your terpene will depend on what you want your final product to have. Everything about selecting the best terpene is all about preference.
Follow the Safety Measures
It is always great to check on the safety measures and precautions that need to be taken. You may miss a step. This will interfere with the whole mixture, and you will not get the desired results. For best results, you need to check the things you mix and the safety measures to take when handling them. This is especially important when using heat to mix the terpenes with other extracts and concentrates.
Be Slow and Avoid the Rush
Ye et al. (2018) explained that when mixing terpenes, you must start low and increase the amount while experimenting. This will make you have an accurate measurement and one that is not exaggerated. The distinct smell and fragrance will only be effective when you measure the right amount; this will be possible if you start with fewer amounts. For inhalable products, you will always want to start with low amounts. The same goes for beverages and edibles. This is because an exaggerated amount of terpene may not be able to fulfill the purpose it was meant for. Being in a rush to mix terpenes may make the final product not worth it and may also be exaggerated. The effects you may have planned to get from it may not be as effective as when you would have taken some time and went slow in mixing the terpenes.
Mix Your Terpenes and Check on the Timing
When mixing the extracts with the concentrates, you should check on the type of mixture and what you plan to achieve. If you notice that the mixture will dry out quickly, it is better to check on the timing and when it will be best to mix it with terpenes before drying out. This would make it possible for the terpenes to have fulfilled their purpose in the mixture, especially if it gave out its distinct aroma.
Before mixing the products, make sure that you have all the equipment that is required. When you have mixed the terpenes with concentrates and extracts, you should wait for a while so that the terpene can infuse the final product. You are likely to have the best experience with your newly made infused products. You should know how to follow the precautions for using terpenes. Be sure to handle the terpene well so it may not lose its properties. Once they are handled roughly, the terpenes are likely not to give out their distinct smell, and you may as well not enjoy the benefits that they come with.
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