What are terpenes?
Terpenes are compounds that can be found in every cannabis plant and are responsible for giving the plant its unique and characteristic smell.
Aside from their fragrant quality, terpenes, which are secreted by the same glands as the cannabis plant’s cannabinoids, are thought to have developed to keep predators away and to attract pollinators to the plant.
Within the body, terpenes are thought to have many useful properties and are believed to contribute towards the theorised ‘entourage effect’ of cannabis - where the plant may prove to be more effective when it’s used in its natural state with all of its constituent terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids, than when specific cannabinoids like CBD and THC are singled out and used alone.
With all this in mind, let’s take a closer look at some terpenes you should know more about: