What is a Terpene, and What’s it to Me?


Have you ever wondered why people are constantly sticking their noses in a jar of weed and smelling it? The answer is because different strains smell differently.

“But how can the same plant smell differently?” you may wonder. Well the reason is all because of an organic compound called Terpenes. Terpenes, or terpenoids, are the main building block of cannabis and they contribute to the scent, flavor, and colors that you find in the plant. They are the reason cannabis has such a unique smell.

However, terpenes are not only found in cannabis. Scientists have identified and characterized more than 20,000 terpenes! Produced by countless plant species, terpenes are prevalent in fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and other plants.

There are approximately 200 terpenes in cannabis. The terpenes don’t only give your weed it’s special smell, they have also helped to give the plant thrive. Some of these terpenes found in cannabis are strong enough to keep insects and animals from eating the plant while others can prevent fungus from growing.

So to bring things back to the initial question, “What is a Terpene, and What’s it to Me?” quite simply it’s the combination of terpenes and THC that give each strain a specific flavor and scent. So next time you stick your nose into a jar of bud, think of the terpenes that have helped create that magnificent plant.

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