What are Terpenes?

If you have spent any time researching cannabis, there is a good chance you have read about terpenes.

Terpenes are found in the essential oils of all living plants.

Terpenes are responsible for the way that plants smell, and can provide other effects as well. So what are terpenes in relation to cannabis? Terpenes are compounds that determine how a particular strain of cannabis will feel. Terpenes help to deliver the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant to the cannabinoid receptors in our brain, and can affect how different cannabinoids, like THC and CBD will affect the user. Researchers have identified over 140 different terpenes in cannabis, here are a few of the terpenes most commonly found in cannabis, and what their applications are. Linalool is a terpene that is commonly found in nutmeg, sage, and lavender, and has been used as a sleep aid for hundreds of years. Linalool can also be found in cannabis strains like Roze and Zkittles. Limonene, like the name suggests, is found in lemon peels, and can give cannabis a lemony scent. Cannabis strains like Lemon Haze contain lots of limonene and can provide a more uplifting, energetic high. Another terpene commonly found in cannabis is Myrcene. Myrcene can typically be found in mangos, thyme, lemongrass, and hops. Myrcene is also found in many purple strains of cannabis, and is known to provide pain relief. Pinene is a terpene found in plants like rosemary, sage, and pine nuts. Pinene is also one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis, and has a strong pine, and spicy forest smell. Head to your local dispensary today to find a cannabis strain with the right terpene profile for you!

 

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