Exploring the World of Terpenes (With Link to Interactive Graphic)

 

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From Cannabiz Daily

You are walking down the park and you smell something familiar. Every time you feel it, you know exactly what it is. Cannabis has that very unique, skunky and dank smell. And everyone can recognize it, especially in the states and countries where it has been decriminalized or legalized for recreational use.

But what makes the smell of our favorite herb so special? The answer is simple, and yet complicated in its essence — terpenes.

Terpenes are organic compounds found in many plants around the world. This class of hydrocarbons is known to be a constituent of essential oils and science has identified more than 20,000 different terpenes in nature, 200 of which can be found in a single marijuana plant.

Visit this super cool interactive chart here

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However, if you have ever experimented with different strains you might have noticed that they each have a unique scent, which is because every strain has its own terpene profile. Sour Diesel and Super Lemon Haze have that lemony tone because of a terpene called limonene, while Amnesia Haze and Special Kush smell like lavender thanks to linalool.

Besides giving cannabis its smell, terpenes found their use in medicine, aromatherapy, cosmetic and fragrance industry, and many more branches.

Terpenes have recently hit the limelight for their medical value. For instance, pinene has an anti-inflammatory effect and caryophyllene has analgesic properties.The infographic below was made by our good friends from Greencamp and it explores the 15 most common cannabis terpenes and their therapeutic properties.

You have probably heard of cannabinoids like THC and CBD and how they are able to regulate our mood, emotional behavior, immune system and other body functions. Terpenes enhance the effects of these cannabinoids in a process called the entourage effect. What happens there is that terpenes bind to the same receptors as cannabinoids, helping them enter the bloodstream faster and producing a better therapeutic performance of all cannabis compounds.

And there’s one more cool thing about terpenes — they enhance the “high” produced by THC. Myrcene is the one that improves the effects THC, so strains rich in myrcene will definitely make the buzz much stronger.

Also, if you want to achieve an even stronger high, try eating some mango about 45 minutes before lighting up your joint. Mango contains a terpene called myrcene, so eating that fruit before smoking will make you even higher while improving the medical benefits of THC.

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