What Are Terpenes?

Several plants with high amounts of terpenes

Terpenes – What Makes Cannabis & Other Plants Smell

Chances are you may have only heard of cannabis terpenes recently. Actually, until a groundbreaking study completed 2019 was released on the therapeutic benefits of terpenes, most people were not aware they had medical benefits. 

Basically, terpenes are the scent and flavour of cannabis, kind of like an essential oil. Cannabis has high concentrations of terpenes, however, terpenes can be found in fruits, plants and trees. Pepper, lemon, mango, pine, all contain terpenes. There is believed to be over 20,000 different types of terpenes in the world, cannabis has over 100 and in the highest concentrations. 

Today we will look at a few of the most popular terpenes and explain how they help our health.

Strain Specific 

Orange and white cannabis trichomes

So when you look at a particular cannabis strain, like Super Lemon Haze, Wedding Cake, Northern Lights, Afghan Kush, Sour Diesel, etc, each has their own terpene profiles. This is kind of like the different flavours/smells of cannabis. OG Kush strain, for example, is high in Limonene, which is a lemon type terpene that gives it a citrus taste/smell. 

When breeders grow different cannabis strains, they try to get high levels of THC/CBD and also very fragrant plants, full of terpenes. Some of the most common terpenes in cannabis are Limonene, Myrcene, Beta Caryophyllene, Linalool, and Pinenine

Terpenes are a smell/taste, but they also do two amazing things. Firstly, they have therapeutic effects on our bodies. 

Terpenes Does This to Your Body

Pine cone and dried marihuana flowers representing terpenes

The effect of terpenes reminds a lot of the ones from using CBD oil. The mind winds down, the immune system is strengthened and you relax.

Here’s the full list of research-backed claims:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce stress and help feel calm
  • Relax muscles
  • Help with focus
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial 
  • Anti-fungal 
  • Suggested to have anti-cancer properties

The Entourage Effect

Pine cone and dried marihuana flowers representing terpenes

Another amazing feature of terpenes is they synergize with CBD and THC, making the psychoactive and medical effects more potent. This is called “The Entourage Effect”.

So if you ever smell some strong cannabis flower, you are smelling the different terpenes, but it will also affect how you feel once it is ingested, smoked or vaped. 

Where to Buy Cannabis Products With Terpenes

Bloom is Thailands first legal Cannabis, CBD and Terpenes shop with certified products. Many of our products contain cannabis terpenes. Look at ChanabisHemp Ice Cream, Thai Stck and these scented candles for example. These are our lighter products when it comes to therapeutic effects.

If you want to get the full effect of Terpenes and CBD we recommend checking out our Midnight CBD Oil Coco Kush. which contains terpenes from the popular strain OG Kush that helps with the ‘entourage effect’. Very effective if you want to relieve anxiety or improve sleep.