Give me the rare terpenes. I’m fascinated by the minor terps and their flavors and effects. There’s a limit to the utility of limonene and myrcene, and I’m so excited to watch breeders and cultivators explore the long list of possible hydrocarbons like ocimene, elemene, fenchyl alcohol, sabine, carine, etc. That’s why I was excited to review a strain I’d heard was heavy with terpinolene: Ophelia from Bedford Grow.
Ophelia is a hybrid cross of Black Out and Purple Linda. This batch of flower tested at 19.71% THCA and 21.95% total cannabinoids. The primary terpenes were terpinolene, b-caryophyllene, and limonene. Terpinolene combined for 46% of all terpenes.
The flowers appeared much lighter bodied than they actually felt in the hand. A deep golden trichome character made for a much lighter green surface than the underlying plant material provided. There were almost no orange hairs. The dry and cure was right on point and left enough moisture to give these lighter buds some actual body when ground.
The aroma in the jar really allowed the terpinolene to shine with a tangy, tart, and vaguely medicinal combination of lime, diesel, pine, faint hints of sweet candied citrus, and a robust earthy undertone. When smoked, the lime, diesel, and fresh earth flavors were the most noticeable. The smoke is tart on the front end but packs a rich earthy finish.
Even with it’s hard hitting genetic profile, I found Ophelia brought on balanced, hybrid style effects. My headspace was clear and wide and my mood was elevated. My joint and back pain disappeared, but I never felt “weighed down.” I felt light in both my mind and body.
My favorite use case was as a midday “pick-me-up” that cleared my mind and lifted my body without making me overly excitable or tired. Balance is the key to Ophelia and consumers looking for a nuanced effect and flavor profile will be well served.
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