Welcome to the fascinating world of terpenes, the aromatic compounds that give cannabis and various fruits their distinctive scents. Let’s explore the essence of terpenes, their origins, and their impact on the cannabis experience. Let's dive into the captivating realm of terpenes, from their basic characteristics to their profound influence on the fragrance and effects of cannabis.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are organic compounds produced by various plants, including cannabis. Terpenes are also found in many forms of modern day medicine. They contribute to the fragrance and flavor of plants and play a crucial role in the natural world. More than 20,000 terpenes have been identified, each with its unique aroma and potential therapeutic properties.
Terpenes are not exclusive to cannabis; they are found throughout nature, enriching the aroma of fruits, flowers, and herbs. For example, limonene is prevalent in citrus fruits, providing that zesty scent, while myrcene is abundant in hops, lending its aroma to many beers.
The History of Terpenes
Terpenes have a rich and diverse history rooted in the world of nature and traditional medicine. Dating back centuries, terpenes have been utilized for their therapeutic properties and distinctive fragrances across cultures. In ancient civilizations, such as Egypt and China, aromatic plant extracts were employed for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Fast forward present day, and the study of terpenes has gained significant traction, particularly in the cannabis industry, where these compounds contribute not only to the plant's aroma and flavor but also to the entourage effect, enhancing the overall therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids.
Terpenes in Cannabis
3 Common Terpenes in Cannabis:
- Myrcene: Known for its calming effects, myrcene is found in high concentrations in indica strains. It contributes to the musky and earthy aroma.
- Limonene: Present in citrusy strains, limonene offers a mood-boosting, energetic effect and can boost your bodies natural immunites. It adds a citrusy and fruity note to the cannabis bouquet.
- Pinene: As the name suggests, pinene has a piney scent and is found in strains like Pineapple Express. It may have anti-inflammatory properties and is associated with increased alertness.
The Entourage Effect
Terpenes work synergistically with cannabinoids to create the entourage effect, enhancing the overall therapeutic potential of cannabis. This collaborative interaction results in a more nuanced and effective experience for users.
Terpenes Beyond Cannabis
Explore the presence of terpenes in everyday elements, connecting the dots between the natural world and the cannabis plant. Examples include:
- Linalool: Present in lavender and responsible for its floral scent, linalool is also found in some cannabis strains, contributing to their calming effects.
- Caryophyllene: This spicy terpene is not only found in cannabis but also in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. This terpene is known for its anti inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.
Harnessing the Power of Terpenes
Terpenes are increasingly recognized for their potential therapeutic benefits beyond cannabis. Aromatherapy, which utilizes the aromatic compounds of plants, is gaining popularity for promoting relaxation, stress relief, and improved mood.
The aromatic compounds known as terpenes not only contribute to the fragrance of plants but also play a role in heightening all senses, providing a sensory boost that goes beyond just their olfactory impact
Carbon Cannabis Products with Terpenes
Experience the benefits of terpenes and cannabis with two customer favorites from Carbon Cannabis. First up is our CannaSyrup, a terpene infused THC syrup that can be added to your drink of choice or enjoyed straight up. CannaSyrup comes in two flavors: Blueberry Lemonade and Grape. Newest to the lineup of our terpene products are our Terpene Infused CannaChews that pack a punch at 5mg per chew in the flavor Peach Fusion. Enjoy!