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Cannabis is a complex creature. Understanding each of the distinct elements that make cannabis so remarkable can be a daunting task, but we’re here to help.
Along with cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, terpenes and terpenoids contribute to the unique aromas, flavors, and effects of cannabis.
What are terpenes & terpenoids?
Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, found in the essential oils of all plants. Terpenes and terpenoids are the primary elements responsible for the essences and flavors that we recognize in many types of plants, particularly medicinal plants and flowers.
What do terpenes have to do with cannabis?
Ever wondered why you have a preference for certain cannabis strains? The answer lies beyond just THC and CBD. Terpenes, those magical compounds found in cannabis, hold significant responsibility for the scents, tastes, and overall essence that captivate our senses. For instance, limonene, a terpene present in citrus fruits and trees, imparts delightful notes of sweet orange, lemon, and pine needles. If these flavors tickle your fancy, keep an eye out for cannabis products with higher levels of limonene.
But terpenes do more than just titillate our senses. Take linalool, the terpene responsible for the soothing fragrance of lavender flowers. Not only does it offer a delightful aroma, but it has also been known to alleviate anxiety and relieve stress. Terpenes can even bind with cannabinoids and interact with specific receptors in the brain, potentially triggering a wide range of effects.
Research on the intricate relationship between terpenes and cannabinoids is still in its early stages. With the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use, the industry is eagerly working to distinguish between long-held anecdotal evidence and newly discovered empirical facts. Exciting times are ahead as we uncover the true power and potential of terpenes in the world of cannabis.