IPA + Hops Extract
Victor Hugo smartly said, “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come…” We like to believe he was forecasting the arrival of Darwin’s IPA + Hops Extract, a true craft experience.
Who knew that hops is the sister from another mister to our beloved cannabis plant? In our most delicious new vape blend, we pair the golden and earthy flavors of cannabis with the freshly poured taste of a golden pale ale. Each cartridge features CO2-extracted hops oil from several aroma and bittering hop varieties, such as Columbus and Chinook, with a tested alpha acid content of more than 60%. This combination gives each draw those fragrant, spicy, citrus and pine notes our palates familiarly drool over. Our triple-distilled, CO2-extracted cannabis oil is further enhanced with a complex proprietary terpene blend found in both hops and cannabis. Though our cartridges do not contain alcohol, the experience is relaxing and noteworthy, and may even provide pain relief. Cheers!
Some key terpenes in our blend:
Alpha-humulene was first discovered in the flowering cone of Humulus lupulus, more commonly known as the hops plant. With its robust, woody and spicy aromatics, it’s found in high amounts in aromatic hop varieties used primarily to flavor pale ales (it comprises upwards of 40% of the essential oil). In cannabis, higher amounts of humulene can be found in strains that have a notable “hoppy” aroma, like White Widow and AK-47. Functionally, this important monoterpene has been considered to be an effective appetite suppressant. In addition, the molecule acts as an anti-inflammatory agent by inducing the expression of certain genes, including nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). This is a primary reason why beer has been shown to decrease the risk for heart disease when consumed regularly.
Beta-myrcene is known throughout the cannabis world for inducing relaxation and sedation. A little-known fact: myrcene gained its notoriety as a motor relaxant from the consumption of lemongrass tea in Brazilian folk medicine, and from coriander in Iranian traditional medicine. The herbaceous and musky monoterpene is required for cannabis plant growth and development and can be found in indica-dominant strains as well as hops. It works synergistically with THC to produce the sedative psychophysiological effects it is hailed for and may also be useful in relieving pain.
Beta-caryophyllene is a primary terpene produced in cannabis to assist with growth and development. A notable aromatic in hops, it gives both cannabis and beer spicy, peppery notes, as it’s also found in black pepper. β-caryophyllene is the only terpene known to directly bind to CB2 receptors, and also acts as a Na+/K+ channel blocker. What does this mean? Patients will experience a relaxed mood and a decrease in anxiety. Because of its CB2 activation, it has also been shown to play an important role in pain relief and reduction of inflammation.