Virtually all of the delta 8 THC vape cartridges on today’s market are formulated with terpenes to provide a variety of popular strains to choose from. Terpenes exist alongside cannabinoids in the hemp plant, offering their own diverse array of desirable properties while giving each strain of hemp its distinctive flavor and aroma profile. Terpenes are found in all plant life. Meaning, that unlike cannabinoids, they are not exclusive to the cannabis genus to which hemp belongs.
Any delta 8 product that contains terpenes can derive those terpenes using one of two methods.
- Method #1: Deriving them from cannabis (CDT, or cannabis derived terpenes).
- Method #2: deriving them from other plants (BDT, or botanically derived terpenes).
So, which of the two is the preferred method? Let’s find out.
How are Terpenes Added to a Vape Cartridge Formula?
Terpenes, as we said, are abundant in the hemp plant, but also present in all plant life. The terpenes found in a delta 8 vape cart can be derived in one of two distinctive ways.
Botanically Derived Terpenes (BDT)
Any single strain of hemp can contain hundreds of individual terpenes. Not to mention, these terpenes are found in other plants as well. For instance, many strains of hemp contain high levels of linalool. For those who don’t know, linalool is also the dominant terpene in lavender. Limonene, an uplifting terpene, is not just present in hemp, but also citrus fruits, as the name might have already informed you.
The terpenes in hemp tend to be present in exceedingly small amounts. Example, most strains of hemp contain somewhere around only 0.5% myrcene, a prominent hemp terpene. So, you can remove the small amount of myrcene from the hemp plant. However, this requires a lot of plant material in order to yield a good amount of the compound. Another alternative would be to find a plant that contains much higher levels of myrcene, such as lemongrass, which requires less plant material for a successful yield.
Note: Myrcene, for instance, in hemp, is no different than the myrcene that’s in lemongrass. In other words, the terpene does not take on unique properties based on its botanical host. Therefore, each terpene in hemp behaves in the same manner as it does in other plants.
Cannabis-Derived Terpenes (CDT)
As you have probably guessed already, CDT are terpenes that are taken directly from the hemp plant. This is also where we get our delta 8 THC. No doubt, an easy way to grab a strain from the plant and turn it into a cartridge. The entire terpene profile is lifted away using an extraction process, and that extract is then added to the cartridge along with delta 8 THC distillate. This allows for an identical match between the terpene profile of the original plant material and that in the newly formulated cartridge.
What are the Differences Between CDT and BDT?
Time to now compare CDT and VDT with one another in order to understand what each may offer and how they can also differ.
CDT May Offer More Terpene Diversity
Like we said, there are over a hundred terpenes in hemp. Some of them exist only in very trace levels. Though it has not been proven, it’s possible that when a manufacturer analyzes the terpene profile of a strain before sourcing each terpene from a different plant, they’re missing out on some of the very minor ones that actually do impact the strain’s overall effects through synergy.
CDT May Be Better for the Entourage Effect
The entourage effect is a term that refers to the benefits of taking hemp “as nature intended.” Through synergistic relationships with one another, these cannabinoids, and compounds that we seek out may be most effective and useful to the body when taken altogether in their most natural form possible. That being said, some believe that the entourage effect can’t truly be achieved unless all of the compounds are taken from the same plant, where they share a specific relationship to each other that promotes higher synergistic value.
CDT May Offer a Fuller Flavor and Aroma
This has yet to be proven, but some feel that CDT provide a stronger flavor and aroma then BDT. Why? Due to a potentially more diverse array of trace terpenes that may or may not be used in CDT-based vape carts.
BDT Could Be a More Affordable Means for Creating Vape Carts
Being so could in turn keep costs down for consumers. Again, since the terpenes in hemp tend to exist in higher concentrations in other plants, sourcing them this way can require less plant material overall, which results in lower costs.
When Shopping for a Delta 8 Vape Cartridge, Should You Opt for BDT or CDT?
The average delta 8 enthusiast probably won’t notice any difference. Besides, there hasn’t been enough studies conducted to know for certain which to go with. However, the factors we covered seem to make only subtle changes, if any, to the end product. And, none of these differences have even been proven yet once again.
Any vaper who is satisfied with the delta 8 vape cart that they are using, keep enjoying it, because no matter what, you are getting the properties of terpenes into the body.