What are Terpenes?
Updated: Mar 6
With the rise of the legal cannabis industry, the word "terpenes" shows up everywhere. But what exactly means? We’re here to break down what these chemicals are, what they are doing to make your cannabis experience so unique.
Terpenes are organic hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants.
Is everywhere in your daily life. Think of the enticing aroma of flowers from your garden, the smell of fresh fruits, vainilla, coffee and your favorite essential oil.
Terpenes, are pungent compounds that plants produce to repel pests and attract pollinators. They’re responsible for the uplifting scent of citrus from fruits and the delicious smell of fresh mint. Terpenes are also antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, they natural compounds in the flower or bud of the cannabis plant.
Knowing the terpene profile of a CBD product lets you know what effects to expect, and can also help you narrow down what works for you.
Here’s what you need to know about CBD terpenes, whether they can get you high, and their overall effect on health.
Terpenes in CBD oil
There’s a difference between terpenes and terpenoids. Terpenoids, meanwhile, are terpenes that have been chemically altered. The words terpenes and terpenoids are often used interchangeably, although the meanings do vary. Terpenes are the naturally occurring combination of carbon and hydrogen, whereas terpenoids are terpenes that have been modified through a drying and curing process (chemical modification), altering the oxygen content of the compound.
The process of drying and curing a cannabis flower leads to the formation of terpenoids. CBD oil that is full- or broad-spectrum—meaning it contains other components of the cannabis plant besides CBD—will contain terpenoids,
CBD Isolated doesn’t.