What is a Terpene?
Terpenes are organic compounds that enhance your “high”, affect taste, and hold numerous medical benefits. Terpenes (and terpenoids) are aromatic organic hydrocarbons found in many plants and even some insectsCannabis (marijuana) has naturally high levels of terpenes.
Terpenes are found in high quantities in various essential oils. For example, limonene is in the essential oil of lemons and limes, alpha and beta-pinene are found in the essential oil of pine needles. The terpenes in these essential oils contribute to the uplifting effects you experience if you smell the rind of a lemon or walk through a pine forest. Likewise, the terpene linalool predominates the essential oil of lavender, and is known for creating feelings of relaxation and ease. All of these terpenes, and thousands more, are found in high concentrations in the bud of cannabis. A few common terpenes and their effects:
The most common terpene in cannabis. It is also known as the “couch-lock” terpene for its highly-sedative effects. If myrcene is the top terpene in a concentrate and if it has a concentration greater than 1%, it is likely to produce typical “myrcene” effects – i.e. sedation. Myrcene can be useful for treating pain and anxiety, but it is not an ideal terpene for people looking to engage in normal activity with cannabis.