What Are Terpenes?

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    What Are Terpenes? [The Complete Guide]

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    What Are Terpenes?
    Terpenes are one of the most recognizable aspects of cannabis, but so few people actually know what they are. We all know and love that distinctive smell that comes from lighting up a joint. Some strains can have us talking for weeks about how delicious and distinctive the flavor was. All of these things are solely down to the Terpenes contained within.

    Terpenes are the fragrant oils that can be found in the sticky resin glands of the cannabis plant. They actually originate from the same place as THC, CBD, and other well-known cannabinoids. Without Terpenes, there would be no Sour Diesel, no Blueberry Kush. Nor any other of the well-known delicious strains that have become so popular for their distinctive scent and flavor.

    Interestingly, Terpenes are by no means exclusive to the cannabis plant. In fact, they can be found in a whole range of popular foods, and are therefore considered as “safe” for human consumption by the FDA.

    What do Terpenes do?
    As well as having the ability to deliver a powerful scent and flavor, Terpenes have actually been proven to help medicinally as well! It probably doesn’t come to much of a surprise that there could be yet another helpful compound to this ever-giving plant. And Terpenes while being much less researched compared to THC and CBD, have shown promise in the medical world for their ability to deliver therapeutic attributes.

    In the same way as CBD, Terpenes work with our body by binding to the brain’s receptors. This can give rise to a wide range of positive effects, which can differ depending on the specific Terpene content of the strain.

    While there are actually over 200 different Terpenes that can be found in the cannabis plant, there are some that appear more frequently than others. Below are some of the most frequent Terpenes, and how you can identify them!

    • Myrcene: This Terpene is most commonly known for its musky, herbal aroma. Myrcene is also brilliant for aiding relaxation and works in perfect harmony with THC to increase those pleasant psychoactive effects. Myrcene can also be found in foods such as mango, citrus fruits, and thyme!
    • Linalool: Known for its spicy floral scent, Linalool is responsible for calming and causing sedating effects, which in turn is fantastic for treating insomnia, anxiety, and stress.
    • Caryophyllene: Earthy and peppery, this Terpene comes with no specific physical effects, however, is used for its fantastic anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to relieve muscle spasms.
    • Pinene: Sweet and piney, this Terpene is brilliant for aiding memory and promotes alertness. Pinene has been known to help in the treatment of asthma and is also an anti-inflammatory.
    • Limonene: Fruity and citrusy, Limonene is a well-known mood booster and is therefore brilliant for the treatment of depressionand anxiety.
    • Humulene: This earthy Terpene is often used to aid weight-loss as it is an appetite suppressant. Humulene is also said to have anti-bacterial properties and the ability to treat pain!
    It is also important to note that while Terpenes offer many beneficial properties to us, humans, they also provide a vital role for the cannabis plant itself. Terpenes provide a natural protection for the cannabis plant during its growing process! Helping the plant fight off bacteria, bugs, and other potential environmental stresses!

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