What are terpenes?

Terpenes. The word that literally is fragrance and taste. Although they have been around you throughout your life, you probably haven’t really realized that terpenes are what you have experienced.

What are terpenes?


Terpenes have lived in the shadows of the phytocannabinoids for example CBG, CBN, CBD and CBC found in the hemp and cannabis plants. There are over 100 fragrant miracles that go under the collective term terpenes. They are found in aromas like berries, mint, pine, lemon, mango, spices, flowers and which in different combinations create an infinite number of new fragrance experiences. Not to mention how they interact with the different phytocannabinoids and create something known as “the entourage effect”. Let us dive head over heels into these fragrant and fantastic substances.

Just like with any intensely fragrant flowers, cannabis and hemp, with an assist from evolution and the help of terpenes, have been able to attract pollinators and scare off intruders. A quite nice protection mechanism, at least from our perspective as humans. So far, over 100 individual terpenes have been found in hemp and cannabis.

These terpenes are considered not only important for the sake of fragrance, or how they interact with phytocannabinoids or the endocannabinoid system but also the unique properties that some of them seem to have individually. Your grandmother has been right all this time, and now there is research that backs her up. Possibly not the plants around us, but their terpenes may have a lot of potential properties. For example, the terpene Linalool in lavender and cloves seems soothing while the terpene Alpha-Pinene in, for example, pine and spruce can potentially alleviate minor pain. However, there is no scientific evidence that these terpenes in combination with phytocannabinoids should have any physiological or psychological effect. It should therefore be clarified that terpenes, in their pure form, potentially can have an influence on the body. We are only beginning to understand terpenes and there remains a significant amount of research on the subject before we can clearly see whether terpenes have any effect on the body.

Below you can see and read about what types of terpenes that create what type of recognized scent (this is also something you can use to show off in an elevator (however, we don’t recommend that you do this unless you are immune to getting a stiff reaction from those around you). The terpenes we have selected are the eight most common ones that occur in hemp and cannabis, and that are found in our hemp oils, hemp capsules and hemp skin cream.

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