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Terpenes are aromatic compounds commonly produced by plants and fruit. They can be found in lavender flowers, oranges, hops pepper, and of course cannabis. Secreted by the same glands that ooze THC and CBD, terpenes are what makes cannabis smell like berries, citrus, pine, and fuel etc. Terpenes are any group of hydrocarbons found in the essential oil of a plant.

There are more than 200 types of terpenes. Terpenes are thought to play a role in its therapeutic use and contribute to the entourage effect of cannabis with the sensory aspects of flavour and fragrance. Terpenes have unique therapeutic effects creating a phytocannabinoid-terpinoid synergy that aids in the treatment of many conditions such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, cancer, epilepsy, and other conditions.

Entourage Effect

“Whole plant medicine” is a term used to describe medicines utilizing the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds cannabis has to offer. This is the interactive synergy between cannabis compounds that has been coined the “entourage effect," where cannabinoids and terpenoids work together to provide enhanced relief they wouldn't normally provide when taken in isolation.

Guide to terpenes

Terpenes are present in most plant life, and give each strain of cannabis it’s particular medicinal and aromatic qualities. Patients will often try to match certain terpenes to their particular condition for maximum relief. In order to activate these terpenes, set your vaporizer to the boiling point of a specific terpene in order to leverage its particular effects.