An orange is orange in color and has a citrus smell and flavor. Why? What makes a rose smell this sweet? Every plant, fruit, and flower has a unique flavor and taste to it which is instilled by the organic compounds known as terpenes.
Did you guys know about terpenes? I didn't!
I knew the term, of course, being a CBD user but never cared enough to scan other products or information other than what I use. But before a few days, I was listening to this cannabis radio show called 'Cannabis Life Radio'. They have live conversations on CBD and update the entire country sharing political and legal news on CBD and cannabis. spritzer strain that day they had a guest over, Stephanie Sparks, who discussed terpenes and its possible contribution to the future of the cannabis industry and that made me curious about terpenes.
And it's interesting! I'm sharing some primary information that'll interest all the enthusiasts!
So, Terpenes Are...
The organic hydrocarbon molecules responsible for the flavor, fragrance, and color of the plants. If we talk about cannabis, terpenes are present in high concentrations in unfertilized female flowers. Apart from the beautification factor, terpenes also protect the plants from various fungi, bacteria, and other environmental factors that could affect the health of the plant.
2 Of The Major Terpenes In Cannabis
● Myrcene: Myrcene is a monoterpene and probably the most abundant terpene in cannabis. The reason why cannabis smells a bit more on the earthy side is because of this terpene. It has an earthy tone to its flavor, more like a clove. With medicinal benefits such as anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, analgesic, and anti-mutagenic, Myrcene has been observed to be effective in aiding peptic ulcers, sleeping disorders, and pain.
● Pinene: Pinene is a bicyclic monoterpenoid and as the name suggests, releases fragrance of fir and pine trees. There are two isomers of pinene found, α-pinene and β-pinene. And the former is the most commonly found terpene in the nature. Being a principal monoterpene, it forms a variety of other terpenes by reacting with chemicals. The medicinal properties of pinene include anti-inflammation, expectorant, antiseptic, and bronchodilator. The isolated pinene isotrope has displayed anti-cancer properties making this terpene a rather important one.