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GMO Terpene Profile | Get to Know Your Favorite Strain

Discover the aromatic compounds that influence the uniquely savory and funky aroma of GMO. 

With its intensely loud aroma and powerful sensorial effects, GMO is both very well-known and deeply misunderstood. For example, many still believe its name is an acronym for garlic, mushroom, and onion. Considering its uniquely savory aroma, it’s easy to understand why that idea sticks around, but it’s not the whole picture

Skunkmasterflex acquired the seeds (labeled Chem D X GSC) from Spanish breeder Mamiko Seeds. He humorously named it GMO because of allegations at the time that Girl Scout Cookies of America used GMOs in their cookies. He also clarified that “it grew like it was genetically modified, so I thought the name worked.” 

And its appearance really is something to behold. Despite being an Indica-dominant plant, its thin branches jut out to display slim, lengthy buds with orange and purple colors, usually coated with frosty trichomes. Plus, this wild-looking plant has even more surprises in store.

Our latest research has revealed novel aromatic compounds that massively influence this beloved cultivar's aroma and flavor. Read on and discover the compounds that create the savory aroma and potent effects of the GMO terpene strain profile.

Our scientists isolate specific terpenes and aromatic compounds of popular cultivars so both cannabis and non-cannabis consumers can enjoy and benefit from botanically-derived, hemp-derived, and cannabis-derived terpenes.

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GMO Terpene Profile

The aroma of GMO is seriously funky. If you take a peek at our Exotic Cannabis Aroma Spectrum, it falls securely under the Savory or Chemical category. It’s notoriously gassy and undeniably pungent, thanks in part to dominant terpenes d-Limonene, β-Myrcene, and β-Caryophyllene.

The terpene isolate d-Limonene is often associated with citrus-forward aromas since it’s commonly found in fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges, etc. On its own, it’s sweet and sour and is known for sensorial effects like mood elevation.

Found in a wide variety of plants (mangoes, lemongrass, basil, hops, etc.),  beta-Myrcene provides a dose of sweet herbaceousness. It smells profoundly earthy and woody, but it also has distinct notes of cardamom, fruit, and musk. Spicy beta-Caryophyllene is found in plants like black pepper, cloves, hops, and even cinnamon. 

It’s important to note that we’ve found GMO has the same dominant terpenes as Grape Pie x Do-Si-Dos. Considering how that cultivar is known for its sweet and fruity qualities while GMO has an intense savory aroma, we know terpenes can’t be the only answer.

That’s where Terplytics comes into play.

Exotic Cannabis Aroma Spectrum | The Science of Exotic | Abstrax Tech

Get LOUD with GMO | Terplytics

Our proprietary Terplytics system is the next generation of cannabis analytics. It allows us to deliver the most advanced botanical testing for exploratory research, sensory quantification, strain validation, product development, and consumer insights.

It’s also how we developed the Loud Factor.

In the most basic sense, the Loud Factor quantifies the pungency or “loudness” of a strain. Unlike Total Aromatics by Weight, the Loud Factor assigns scores to individual compounds based on their pungency. This is particularly important for aromatic compounds that are incredibly pungent, even at parts per billion. 

Two such compounds are flavorants Indole and Skatole. Indole has a sharp chemical and ammoniacal fragrance. When diluted, however, its scent transforms and becomes more floral. Skatole can combine with other compounds to create scents that are ammoniacal, naphthyl (e.g., mothballs), chemical, or even floral in the right concentrations.

Unsurprisingly, GMO contains both Indole and Skatole. Despite being found in very small amounts, these flavorants have a significant impact on the GMO aroma. Just one dank sniff and you’ll understand why GMO has a Loud Factor of 99. 

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GMO Terpene Profile Effects

While cannabinoids like THC are responsible for psychoactivity, aromatic compounds are what dictate specific effects. That’s why two cultivars with the exact same cannabinoid levels may promote different experiences. One may promote stimulation and make you want to clean your entire house, while the other may be more sedating and give you couch lock.

Bottom line? If you love how GMO makes you feel, you can thank the unique combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and various aromatic compounds.

If you use terms like Indica and Sativa, this strain falls into the indica category (although these terms don’t actually have anything to do with a cultivar’s effects). GMO is known for inducing feelings of peace and relaxation that border on euphoria. We highly recommend enjoying GMO after a stressful day, at the end of a long work week, or simply as a way to wind down. Just make sure your to-do list has already been completed.

Cannabis products (distillate, edibles, infused beverages, etc.) that utilize this terpene profile will get the full potent impact of GMO. For consumers who prefer non-cannabis products, the GMO profile can still impart a subtle sense of relaxation along with its complex aroma and flavor.

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Native Series | True-to-Type GMO Terpene Profile

Our Native Series is a collection of Advanced Terpene Profiles that taste and smell exactly like the original cannabis material. The best part? They’re not limited by supply, they don’t cost your firstborn child, and they’re legal worldwide.

Want to put your own unique spin on GMO? Combine it with other terpene profiles and blends for something consumers won’t find anywhere else. Turn the flavor volume to maximum by fusing it with a Cloudburst blend, or add some seriously earthy bass notes with one of the hemp-derived profiles from our Terplandia series.

Contact us today, and let’s get creative with GMO.

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Native Series | Botanical Terpene Profile

As the first to benefit from our breakthrough discovery, GMO is kicking off the next era of botanical aromatics. Flavorants Skatole and Indole multiply its notoriously savory and funky notes for a loud, gassy, and undeniably pungent finish.

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