What is a Terpene? Why They are Important to Your Cannabis


Terpenes, in their simplest definition, are aromatic oils that provide unique taste and smell characteristics throughout the botanical world. That’s right, these are not unique to cannabis. All plants, herbs and fruits have unique terpene profiles which is what creates the differences in taste and smell. Over 200 different terpenes have been discovered and they’re considered safe to consume by the FDA. There are 12 important terpenes most commonly found in cannabis.

In the cannabis plant, the terpenes are produced in the same glands as the other major compounds like THC, CBD, etc. These glands are referred to as trichomes. The reason they are important is because when they are inhaled or ingested alongside cannabinoids, they interact with the endocannabinoid system to facilitate the onset of your high. One terpene called Myrcene is produced in high concentrations in mangoes, which is why some people may tell you eating them will boost your high. The science behind this very real pro-tip is that Myrcene increases cell permeability, which makes for faster absorption of THC, CBD, and the rest of the cannabinoids.

Found In – Lemon, Orange, Peppermint Medicinal Uses – Mood regulation, Cancer, Bronchitis Flavor / Aroma – Earthy, Musky, Fruity Found In – Mango, Lemongrass, Thyme, Eucalyptus Medicinal Uses –  Insomnia, Inflammation Found In – Lavender, Mint, Cinnamon Medicinal Uses – Insomnia, Inflammation, Cancer Found In – Mint, Cinnamon, Wormwood Medicinal Uses – Insomnia Found In – Dill, Basil, Parsley, Rosemary Medicinal Uses – Inflammation Found In – Bay leaves, Tea Tree, Sage Medicinal Uses – Congestion Found In – Cloves, Lilacs, Caraway, Gingergrass Medicinal Uses – Antioxidants Found In – Beer, Thai Basil, Black Pepper Medicinal Uses – Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Depression