Terpenes are the essential oils found in cannabis plants, but they do more than just smell remarkable. When users take a whiff and taste the terpenes found in cannabis it soothes the mind as a dazzling array of flavor notes unfolds. Think wine connoisseur swirling their glasses and inhaling various notes and flavor profiles. Learning more about terpenes is an art just as learning the subtleties of the wine industry is. Enthusiasts have only just realized how much can be learned in the area of terpenes. There’s a vast pool of knowledge awaiting those interested enough to dive in as the complexities of terpenes are revealed. The more we discover about terpenes the more users will appreciate this unique aspect of the cannabis plant. Terpenes are without a doubt the key to future developments in the industry.
There are hundreds of different terpenes found in the cannabis plant. Terpenes are what gives cannabis its distinct aromas and tastes such as berry, citrus, mint, and pine. The powerful odors terpenes produce protect the cannabis plant by discouraging herbivores whilst attracting the predators of herbivores. There’s numerous factors that can alter a plant’s terpenes, such as age, development, environment, fertilizers, soil variety, and climate.
To describe scientifically the role terpenes play, let me explain it in layman’s terms without any fancy lingo that we’d need to Google to understand. Terpenes, THC and CBD molecules bind together to receptors in our brain and body. The high users feel is enhanced by terpenes because of their effects on THC’s and CBD’s chemical output. In other words, terpenes modify how much CBD and THC gets into a user’s system. Many cannabis analysis labs now test terpene content to get a better idea of what affects a particular terpene may produce. It’s important to note though, that users who forgo one strain for another with greater CBD or THC levels may not get additional relief if the terpenoid profile is considerably different. To better understand this I like to think of an orchestra. All orchestras produce classical music. Just as all cannabis produces a high. THC and CBD are the stars of the performance, they are the violinists and cello players. Terpenes are the percussion instruments and without the drums the orchestra falls flat. The type of drum and beat struck is the foundation of the entire symphony, despite the seemingly small role drums appear to play. Terpenes like drums are the anchor because they determine the overall energy of the performance.
Written By Rachel Chaples