Terpenes

There is something about the smell of cannabis that always puts a smile on the face of the smeller. Whether it’s the fruity smell from a Ceres Lemonesia or that stinky one from a John Sinclair Skunk, the smeller reacts. These smells always seem to sooth and tickle the body and mind simultaneously. Cannabis just smells great and the layered aromas are complex. And terpenes (terpenoids) play a great role in these wonderful, uplifting and mosaic smells.

Many plants naturally produce aromatic oils called terpenes (often abbreviated to terps). You know a few of these aromas very well such as citrus, mint and pine. Plants do this among others for disease resistance and as protection against predators and to attract pollinators. The produced terps depend heavily on external factors such as the climate, weather, soil type, age, and even the time of day of a plant.

Terpenes in Hemp

The hemp plant also makes many different kinds of natural terps. Each variety of cannabis makes different amounts of terps and in varying combinations. As a result, they determine the unique smell and taste of each type of plant.

Currently we know over a hundred terps in the cannabis plant. The most commonly known terps in cannabis are linalool (found in lavender oil, for example), pineen (brings the smell in pine trees, among others), limoneen (very well known, mostly as the main fragrance in citrus fruits), mycreen (as encountered in mangos) and beta-caryofylleen (giving rosemary its distinctive smell, for example). And each terp brings its own beneficial characteristics. But these traits depend a lot on the amount and other chemicals present. The variations thus are countless and give wildly varying outcomes. For example, tangerines and lemons both belong to the citrus family and contain the exact same terp, limoneen, but are very differently smelling fruits, in the end.

Terpenes are Very Beneficial

Terps are thus wonderous substances and also very versatile. Not only for the plants themselves, but for us humans too. We use natural terpenes in many different ways, for example, in inks and varnishes. Even in natural pesticides. But we also appropriate terps as fragrances and flavors in consumer products such as in food and drink products, as well as in perfumes and cosmetics. Terpenes are thus widely used for their aromatic qualities.

But that’s nowhere near all! Terps play a significant role in traditional medicine and herbal remedies. Aroma therapy is based on terpenes, for example. And a commonly known terpenoid is beta-carotene that our body uses to make vitamin A. They also appear to be helpful with, among others, sleeping, appetite, and boosting the immune system.

Moreover, some terpenes might specifically promote clearity, acuity and a higher focus, while others potentially give stress- and anxiety-relief and overall relaxation. For example, terpinolene is mostly found in uplifting, active strains like Sensi Seedbank’s Jack Herer and Dutch Passion’s Auto Durban Poison. And myrcene is found in many relaxing cannabis strains like Barney’s Farm Triple Cheese and Ceres’ White Indica. But this is very nuanced. As said, the aroma and effect of a terpene depend on the presence of other compounds, such as CBD and THC.

Terpenes and Effect

We know that terps do not get you high. But we also know that plants with the same amounts of THC and CBD can have different effects on the body. They even can taste differently. Terpenoids thus not only give each cannabis variety its unique aroma, but researchers believe that they also work together with the cannabinoids to consequently determine its unique effect.

Many Terp Options

We add cannabis terpenes to oils, concentrates, e-liquids, and resins. Therefore you always find an appropriate method of consuming your desired amount of terps in a delicious way at Hempshopper. Whether you are on the road or relaxing in your home, Hempshopper offers you a suitable terpene option. Improve your life now by incorporating hemp in all its forms into your daily routine!

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