Articles on: Questions about CBD

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are a concept that may be confusing to some, but these substances are pivotal for any products derived from hemp or cannabis. Terpenes are essential aromatic oils produced by a variety of plants, including hemp and cannabis. Oils are secreted from the resin glands and are what give different cannabis/hemp strains their unique flavor profiles and aromas. Plants utilize these secretions as a way to ward off predators in the wild as they may be deterred by certain scents. On the other end of this, terpenes can be used to attract certain bugs that are necessary for the plants survival. This survival mechanism makes terpenes a significant and highly functional element for plants.

In reference to how these substances influence taste, many terpene combinations have been described by users as fruity, earthy, minty, herbal, or other variations of these experiences. In the expansive list of terpenes that exist in every plant species, there are at least 100 known terpenes that come from cannabis and hemp plants. These oils open the door for a wide range of scents and flavor profiles to enhance products that utilize them for flavoring. Furthermore, the large number of terpene combinations may also impact the effects that your cannabis or CBD products yield.

Updated on: 04/10/2018

Was this article helpful?

Share your feedback


Thank you!