T is for Terpenes

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Terpenes are responsible for the bouquet of cannabis. Aromatic molecules, if you will. They are what you smell. If you’d like to get technical about it, here’s the definition from Merriam-Webster:

Terpene noun ter·pene | \ ˈtər-ˌpēn

any of various isomeric hydrocarbons C10H16 found present in essential oils (as from conifers) and used especially as solvents and in organic synthesis broadly any of numerous hydrocarbons (C5H8)n found especially in essential oils, resins, and balsams

In cannabis, terpenes are secreted in the same glands where cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, are produced. More than 100 individual terpenes have been classified and have specific effects, such as relaxing or focusing. The effects of terpenes may be altered when combined with differing compounds – known as “the entourage effect.”

Some common cannabis terpenes include:

  • Myrcene: calming and anti-inflammatory. Found in hops, mango, lemongrass, and others.

  • Pinene: helps with mental focus, antiseptic qualities. Found in basil, rosemary, and pine needles.

  • Linalool: soothing and relaxing. Found in lavender.

 As with most aspects of cannabis, more research is needed on to better understand the role(s) of terpenes.

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the cannabis information, click here for a review of some basics. Or maybe investigate the effects of terpenes on your own body.

Let’s keep the learning going, as an education is never wasted.