Terpenes are a cornerstone of quality cannabis products, without them our favourite sweet, spicy and gassy strains would be reduced to a poor and hard to distinguish experience. We connected with Katie Miller of Flow Scientific to learn more about terpenes and what they bring to the cannabis industry.
Tell us about Flow Scientific and the terpene industry?
Flow Scientific has been paving the way in the terpene industry since 2016, we create terpene ingredients for use in cannabis products and consumer-packaged goods. Flow Scientific is an extraction artists amusement park, our store greets you with amazing aromas the minute you walk through the front doors.
Why are terpenes so important?
Terpenes are the largest class of organic molecules, they’re produced by tens of thousands of plant species for a variety of incredible purposes that protect and nourish nature. In addition, research is starting to point to antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and sedating properties of these incredible molecules. When it comes to cannabis terpenes are what provide the smell and taste and certain terpenes are ideal for specific outcomes, for example Myrcene can assist with pain relief.
What advice do you have for women wanting to join the cannabis industry?
Start now, don’t wait and be ready to know your own value. The cannabis industry is growing and evolving rapidly, now’s the time to jump in.
How has your work benefitted the cannabis industry?
Our work in terpene development is allowing Canadian companies to be compliant with federal regulations and growing the availability of CPG products in the market. Concentrated terpenes impart a lot of flavour without giving up a lot of cannabinoid potency, which is hugely beneficial to producers and consumers.
What’s your favourite part of working with terpenes?
The smell for sure! My favorite part about working with terpenes is their approachability and existence in our daily lives already. Terpenes breed mindfulness and that is a trend I want to cause.
Do you have a favourite terpene?
I don’t think I can choose just one! I’m a big fan of our strain profile and blend products. There is so much depth when you combine 10 or more isolates into a terpene profile. And much like taste there are nuances and subtleties that make them a lot more interesting than consuming an isolate.
Who are 5 womxn to follow in Cannabis?
There are so many women doing great things in the space, some of my favourites to follow are:
The Stolbie Sisters, The Entourage Co.
Lisa Bigioni, Stok’d Cannabis
Amanda Siebert, Journalist & Author
Ivy Astrix, Tantalus Labs
Andrea Dobbs, Village Bloomery
Interested in learning more about terpenes and Flow Scientific? Check out their website and catch Katie on the Women in Cannabis Leadership panel at the free WWC Conference on May 26-27, 2021. Flow Scientific & Canndora are proud WWC Conference Partners.