What Are Terpenes?

Last updated on October 10, 2020

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What are Terpenes?

. It’s a topic I find really fascinating, especially when you think how amazing they actually are.

Terpenes are organic, aromatic oil compounds that provide the destinct smell and tast of the Cannabis plant. But guess what? They don’t only occur in Cannabis!! You’ll have to read on to find out more.

Contrary to popular belief, Terpenes can be found in nature all around usin many other plants, fruits and even some insects.

Terpenes are reffered to as terpenoids when they becme denatured by oxidation, for example that can be from the light or heat of the sun, by cutting into a plant or fruit or even by altering it’s PH balance.

Both Terpenes and Terpenoids are fats, known as lipids and they also make up a large percentage of the essential oils of many plants. Terpenes play 2 major roles in a plants life cycle and that is 1 – To protect the plants flowers from predators and 2- To produce resin.

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There are many factors that can influence Terpenes being developed in a plant. Some are, the climate it’s being grown in, the age of the plant, the type and amount of fertilizer used, soil health and even the time of day.

Terpenes & Pests

Some pests are repelled by certain Terpenes like Linalool and Pinene. Whereas other Terpenes such as Limonene and Myrcene, they attract pollinators such as bees.

Since most Cannabis strains produce natural pesticides and pollinator attractors like Linalool, Pinene, Limonene and Myrcene, the evidence indicates that the Cannabis plant has evolved over eons to produce Terpenes that lure in and entice certain advantageous speicies while at the same time repelling others that can hurt it.

This ensures its survival and propagation in the wild, basically meaning it can live and breed freely if left in nature.

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The Entourage Effect

It is widely believed and is being studied more in depth that not only do Terpenes posess certain medicinal properties like CBD and other Cannabinoids, but that Terpenes and Cannabinoids work together synergystically. Causing what’s known as The Entourage Effect.

The Entourage Effect is what occurs when different Cannabis compounds like Terpenes, CBD & THC combine together to create an effect that is more powerful than they would produce alone. This could be the reason why different Cannabis strains affect us in different ways. The cocktail of different compounds play a role in how Cannabis interacts with our bodies.

Conclusion

There are around 20,000 Terpenes on the planet and the Cannabis plant has around 200, but only 120 of these Cannabis Terpenes are currently known. All of these Terpenes differ from strain to strain and that’s why all Cannabis flowers tatse and smell different aswell as providing certain benefits.

In conclusion it’s important to note just how powerful Terpenes truely are and we don’t even know the full extent of it.

Thank you so much for reading. I really hope you learned something new today, just like I did. If you have any questions or anything you would like to add please comment below. And to hear my full run down of the 8 most common Cannabis Terpenes, please check out episode 5 of the podcast.

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