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What are Cannabis Terpenes and their benefits

 

A few years ago it seemed like only a few white-coated scientists knew about cannabis terpenes. But these days everybody seems to be talking about them. Some are even saying that terpenes such as pinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, and eucalyptol are going to be bigger than CBD and THC. The terpenes boom is a big deal.

Do you want to find out about terpenes effects and terpenes benefits in the natural world? Do you want to discover what’s special about cannabis terpenes in sativa and indica buds? Do you want to learn about some special terpenes strains? Read on and discover the 7 key items around Cannabis Terpenes

1.What are cannabis terpenes?

Cannabinoids like CBD and THC aren’t the only important chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Terpenes also play an important role. Terpenes are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in all plants. [1]  They’re behind the particular aroma, flavor, and color of vegetation. And, *sniff* *sniff* they’re the reason why cannabis smells like it does.

2. How do terpenes help plants

Before we get highly informed about cannabis terpenes, let’s take a step back and look at terpenes in general. Terpenes help plants grow, offering the following benefits:

-They repel predators, attract pollinators, defend against infection, and attract natural allies

-They offer protection from the sun

-They increase the chances of rain

-They slow the growth of nearby plants that are fighting for real estate

That’s a hell of a lot of benefits. Tell me something more…

OK, so, all plants naturally produce terpenes. In total, more than 30,000 terpenes have been found in the plant kingdom.[2]

3. What about cannabis terpenes?

In cannabis there can be more than 150 terpenes.The compounds are found in the trichomes of the female cannabis plants—the sticky, translucent glands that cover the bud surface.

 

4. What affects the type and quantity of terpenes in my bud? How do terpenes affect my body?

There are many factors which affect the terpenes produced. [3]  These include indoor vs outdoor growing, exposure to light, temperature, growing mediums, nutrient levels, and harvesting date.

Great. So, can you give me an example of a terpene found in cannabis?

 

5. Have you noticed the aroma of pine trees in some cannabis?

Pinene is the most commonly found terpene on earth. It gives off a distinctive smell of a pine tree forest and is found in a wide range of herbs such as rosemary, parsley, and basil. There are two major strains of pinene: alpha-pinene and beta-pinene. Beta-pinene has a basily, hoppy aroma while beta-pinene has more of a pure pine tree smell mixed with a bit of rosemary. In cannabis, alpha-pinene is the most common form.

Brilliant. The smell sounds familiar already. So, do terpenes impact the effect of cannabis?

Studies show cannabis terpenes contribute to the entourage effect, or the way consuming cannabis makes you feel. In other words, the impact of cannabis isn’t only due to cannabinoids like THC and CBD, it’s also down to smelly compounds called terpenes.

The smell of weed always seemed significant. So does the bud smell strength tell you how powerful the pot is?

Well, not necessarily. The smell of your pot does tell you about the distribution of terpenes, but strong smelling terpenes aren’t necessarily the most powerful.

 

6. The terpenes boom

Terpenes use has a long history. Experts have found evidence they were known about in society as far back as the Babylonians. These days terpenes are big business. The 2020 global terpenes market was valued at USD 610 million. [3]  This figure looks set to rise as an increasing number of products come on the market.

Is all this business cannabis related?

Absolutely not. Major terpenes sectors include cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food. Terpenes products that you might already be purchasing include household cleaners, dishwashing liquids, and beauty products.

7. Do you want to find out more about cannabis terpenes?

It wasn’t many years ago that the word ‘terpenes’ was only known by a few experts. These days it’s a word used all the time by cannabis fans.

Where can I find out more about some of the terpenes found in cannabis? Read about them here.  

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