What are Terpenes and What Do They Do? - Weedguide

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

Part of what’s exciting about cannabis is that there’s always something new and interesting to explore about this incredible plant. One thing we’re hearing a lot about lately is terpenes, so we put together this Terpenes 101 guide to give you the basics and some handy links to dig in deeper.

What Are Terpenes?

Have you ever gone to the dispensary, picked a strain, and been invited by the budtender to take a whiff? I never understood the reason for this but always went for it simply because I love the way weed smells. But imagine if you were able to go beyond the dankness and pick up aromas of citrus, spice or pine?

Terpenes are the organic compounds in cannabis responsible for producing strong odors as protection against herbivores, parasites and other predators. They are essentially behind the scent and flavor profiles of your favorite cannabis strains. And terpenes aren’t just in weed – they’re also common in conifers like juniper trees, aromatic herbs like rosemary, and even some insects.