WHAT ARE TERPENES AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
What is the first thing you do when trying a new strain? Usually, we open up that container and smell that beautiful aroma. Whether it’s a skunky musk or more of a fruity smell, terpenes are to thank for these unique aromas and different benefits and effects they bring to each strain.
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes are organic compounds found in cannabis, plants, and a variety of other organisms. The tri-combs (tiny frosted crystals that cover your bud, or “kief”) are to thank for the production of terpenes within the cannabis plant. The trichomes contain resin glands that make up terpenes and cannabinoids. Terpenes influence the effect of the plant (sedation, focus, etc) by interacting with the cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc) and are responsible for the aroma and flavor within the plant as well. Many factors influence the development of terpenes within the plant, including climate, weather, age, soil and even time of day.
Terpenes may play a key role in differentiating the effects of various strains.
For example, some terpenes might promote sedation while other promote focus. When shopping for a strain for sleep for example, take a look at the terpenes within that strain, this could help you narrow down your decision and find a strain that is more towards the effect that you’re targeting.
MAIN TERPENES FOUND IN CANNABIS
There are about 10 primary terpenes found within the cannabis plant and over 20,000 across the board of plants. The terpenes within cannabis may also help in differentiating the various effects of each strain, making each strain unique in itself in aroma, flavor and effect. Let’s explore the most common terpenes within cannabis.