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Terpenes

Overview

Terpenes are organic compounds that provide aroma and flavour to the cannabis. Terpenes are formed inside cannabis trichomes, and their relative presence is directly affected by both the spectrum and intensity of light exposure.

They are defined as “a large class of hydrocarbon compounds constructed from five-carbon isoprene units that are combined to produce a great variety of skeletons.” These basic molecules are then acted upon by various enzymes to add different functionality and altered oxidation. This process is what leads to the wide variety of effects produced by terpenes.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic molecules responsible for the unique aroma and taste of cannabis. Each cannabis cultivar has its own unique aroma because it has its own distinct terpene content. Whether you smoke cannabis flower, vapourize, consume edibles, or dab concentrates, these molecules are hard at work delivering tasts such as:

How Are Terpenes Used?

Terpenes are used for a number of different applications but they are one of the primary components of essential oils which are aromatics responsible for a plant’s regeneration, oxygenation, and defence.

Essential oils have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years in ancient cultures like India and China, and extracted from a variety of plants and foods.

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