What are Cannabis Terpenes?

Cannabis Terpenes and Why They Are Important to Your Experience

From sweet fruits to woodsy pine, the fragrance and flavor of high quality cannabis is incredibly immersive and astonishingly complex. And it is all thanks to terpenes

Terpenes are chemical compounds found in all organic plant life. These aromatic essential oils are what give every cannabis strain it’s unique smell and taste. Beyond palatable characteristics, many studies have found that terpenes can also influence a patient’s experience with cannabis as well as offer a wide range of benefits.

If you are interested in learning more about the fascinating complexities of cannabis terpenes, and their different therapeutic benefits, this guide is for you.

Everything You Need to Know About Terpenes in Cannabis

The terpene compounds a cannabis plant produces are automatic oils that act as a natural defense mechanism. The plant relies on its strong scent to attract essential pollinators, while warding off harmful pests. Environmental factors like fertilization, soil conditions, and climate change can heavily influence how plants develop their terpenes compounds. Cannabis plants can also develop distinctly different terpenes at different stages of their growth cycle.

What are Terpene Profiles?

The terpene profile of a plant is simply the combination of all the unique terpenoids a plant produces. Various plants can produce a number of different terpenes at the same time to benefit their growth and survival in different ways. There are over 20,000 known terpene varieties that occur naturally throughout the plant kingdom. Individual cannabis strains produce the same terpene profiles, resulting in their defining aromas, flavors, and benefits.

How Terpenes Affect the Scent and Flavor of Cannabis

There are over 200 known terpene varieties found in cannabis today and all of them provide the plant with diverse aromas and flavors. Cannabis strains with strong aromas aren’t necessarily more potent, but have simply developed higher numbers of terpenoids.

Some of the most common terpenes in cannabis are:

  • Myrcene
  • Limonene
  • Pinene
  • Humulene

The unique terpene compounds in every strain of cannabis will have distinctly identifiable characteristics that are sometimes described in the strain’s names (i.e. Pineapple Kush). But because cannabis can produce many types of terpenes, the name may not always indicate the most dominant terpene in the flower. For instance, Limonene terpenes give cannabis more aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. But strains with a strong lemon scent may have other more dominant terpenes. 

Our staff at the Abide cannabis dispensary can provide expert knowledge about the different flavor profiles of cannabis terpenes and recommend products based on what you enjoy the most.

How Cannabis Terpenes Can Affects Your Body and Mind

As the need for cannabis-based medicine increases, the research into terpenes and health has become a much bigger focus. Studies have already determined that the terpenes in cannabis don’t just add flavor, but are active ingredients that aid in the therapeutic benefits of the plant. 

When different terpenes synergize with cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc), it significantly contributes to the functional and therapeutic effects the cannabis flower provides patients. This means that some terpene profiles provide much more physical effects on patients, and others have more psychological effects.  

Certain cannabis terpenes can help patients alleviate physical symptoms like:

  • Pain 
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle tension or spasms
  • Nausea
  • And much more

While other terpene types can effectively improve moods, mental clarity, and provide many more psychological health benefits like:

  • Reduce depression
  • Improved focus
  • Anxiety relieve
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved sleep 
  • And much more

At Abide, we are passionate about helping our patients find relief through medical cannabis. Our staff has expert knowledge on utilizing specific terpene types to help manage a large variety of conditions. We can provide personalized recommendations on cannabis strains with specific terpenes to provide optimal results and the comfort you require.

The Experts at Abide are Here to Help You Learn More About the Science of Medical Cannabis

Our cannabis connoisseurs at Abide have a deep understanding of terpenes, and the many benefits they can provide to your cannabis experience. We can guide you through our selection of high-quality medical cannabis and explain their unique terpene profiles in detail, to help you find the best products for your needs.

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