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Terpenes: Aromatic Compounds


There are many reasons why people would want to stop and smell the roses. Who wouldn’t want to take a minute just to breathe in their sweet scent? Flowers, however, aren’t the only plants that are worth getting a whiff of and you can thank terpenes for that.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are oily compounds that plants secrete in order to produce a distinct aroma. Their natural purpose is to either attract creatures that pollinate or deter ones that prey on them. For the cannabis plant in particular, more than 100 terpenes can be found in one flower.

How are Terpenes Produced?

The production of terpenes in plants, such as cannabis, depends on how they develop throughout their lifespans. External factors like the time of day or climate can result in various types and amounts of terpenes.

Popular Terpenes in Cannabis

Not all of the terpenes found in cannabis are the same. A few popular ones include myrcene, pinene, limonene, humulene, and linalool. Each has its own medicinal benefits and aromas.

  • Myrcene – provides the body with antioxidants and has an earthy smell.
  • Pinene – reduces inflammation caused by allergies and smells like pine.
  • Limonene – has antibacterial properties and emits a citrusy odor.
  • Humulene – alleviates pain and has a woody or spice-like scent.
  • Linalool – provides a sense of calm and smells like lavender.

The Entourage Effect

While terpenes are helpful on their own, they can be even more beneficial through cannabis. One theory known as “the entourage effect” claims that the compounds, such as CBD, THC, terpenes, and others, partner well together.

Follow Your Nose North

North is a medical marijuana dispensary that is coming to Missouri soon. Stay tuned for all the aromas that will be made available to patients with a Missouri medical marijuana card. Don’t have yours yet? Check out our blog to learn more:

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