Undiluted Terpenes: The Molecules Behind the Magic of Cannabis

cannacon.org
Date:
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

For cannabis enthusiasts, sharing and comparing favorite strains is nearly as central to enjoying the lifestyle as discovering a new path to an idyllic cognitive or physical high. Many know their favorite strain by its colorful name, a preferred grower and/or simple terms like indica or sativa, but few understand the true science behind what gives life to the pure magic cannabis can deliver. The answer always has been and probably forever will be pure, undiluted terpenes.

What Are Terpenes?

To put it as simply as possible, terpenes are the essential oils produced by plants. These oils are the chemical foundation responsible for the unique flavor, scent and effect of each herb, fruit and flower on the planet. Whether realized or not, many thousands of combined terpenes are experienced every single day by every single person. When you smell a flower or tree, your nose is actually registering the unique terpene profile of the plant. To date, over 30,000 unique terpenes have been identified in plants, animals, microbes, and fungi. Not only do these terpenes create aromas and flavors, they have been shown to help carry out necessary biological functions, serving as vitamins, pheromones, hormones and influencers within the immune system. Even though it might sound like terpenes are some confusing biological compound that requires a background in chemistry to fully understand, at their core they can be thought of as natural building blocks. When combined, terpenes produce complex profiles. This is why an herb like lavender smells pleasant, tastes slightly sweet and floral and has a relaxing effect.

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