Plant terpenes are a natural component of cannabis that gives the plant it’s potent fragrance & identifiable aroma. Cannabis varieties have a complex scent and flavor because of terpenes, with richly recognizable smells such as citrus, pine, lavender and mint.
Terpenes are the aromatic chemicals produced by many plants, including hemp, which give the plant its unique smell and taste. Terpenes have recently started to attract scientists’ attention because of their unusual properties and possible therapeutic applications. The terpene aromas aid in their absorption and their combination with cannabinoids can amplify the effect of hemp CBD products.
In the simplest terms, terpenes are fragrant, volatile aromatic chemicals that are produced by the flower’s resin glands.
If you want to get more technical, terpenes are a class of organic compounds known as ‘aromatic hydrocarbons’, many of which have been found to produce a complex interaction between other terpenes present in the plant and cannabinoids like CBD and THC to produce synergistic-effects. (Entourage Effect)
There are over 200 terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant; each cannabis strain has a unique terpene profile.