For even the most experienced stoners, the term cannabis terpenes is often a puzzle. So we don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of it before. We are becoming more and more familiar with the effects of THC and CBD. But these aren’t the only parts of marijuana worth learning about. Neither of those cannabinoids explains to us why different strains of pot smell the way that they do, for example. Keep reading to learn more about the therapeutic compound that is cannabis terpenes!
What are terpenes?
To put it simply, terpenes are the strong smelling oils in cannabis that make Strawberry Cough smell so different than Blueberry Diesel. These oils are secreted from the same glands that create THC and CBD. The cannabis plant adapted to produce these strong smells as a way to ward off predators and protect themselves from being eaten. But because so many different factors determine how an organism should adapt (like climate and soil) each type of plant would end up smelling different. There are over 100 different types of terpenes in a marijuana plant, and each strain has a unique composition of these terpenes.
What do terpenes do?
In addition to being extremely potent in the smell, terpenes also determine the effects of marijuana strains. Each of the 100 known terpenes has a different effect. Some of these include relaxation, sleepiness, energy, hunger and so many more. Any way that you have felt while high can be attributed and traced down to one specific terpene or a combination of them. It’s very common to have access to the THC and CBD content of a strand before you buy it. Information of terpenes can sometimes be harder to come by. Click here to learn more about cannabis testing and why it’s important that we stoners demand more of it.
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