What are Terpenes?
Cannabis ranges in what seems like an endless amount of strains. What causes the differences in each strain is what we call Terpenes. This is the compound that gives off the different flavors, aromas and fragrances of the cannabis plant. With over 140 different types of Terpenes in the plant, there are numerous aromatic strains that can be created.
Terpenes are a chemical compound found in all aspects of the cannabis plant, including the trichomes of the flower, leaves, and stems. These resinous hairs are primarily found on cannabis flower. Trichomes are resinous hairs that produce therapeutic cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) can provide relief for pain, inflammation, stress, and more.
Many strains get their name from their pungent smell. Depending on the genetics of the marijuana strain the distinctive smell of terpenes can range from diesel scents to floral and fruity aromas. Plants create terpenes to either attract pollinators or ward off predators. Apart from genetics, terpene composition is affected by growing conditions like climate, soil, and other environmental factors. The terpenes in each strain affect the way cannabinoids interact with the body.