Terpenes 101

The cannabis plant consists of a wide variety of chemicals and compounds. About 140 of these belong to a large class of aromatic organic hydrocarbons known as terpenes (pronounced tur-peens). 

It is well established that cannabis is capable of affecting the mind, emotions and behavior. The main psychotropic cannabinoid, THC, has been intensely studied. However, many of the other cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids found in medical marijuana that play a big role in boosting the therapeutic effect of cannabis remain understudied. 

Terpenes are common constituents of flavorings and fragrances. Terpenes, unlike cannabinoids, are responsible for the aroma of cannabis.

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The Terpene profile wheel (pictured to the right) is a wonderful tool for learning the intricacies, flavors, effects and complex profiles of cannabis.