As the CBD industry grows, more questions about other parts of the cannabis plant have been surfacing. For instance…there has been a lot of buzz around terpenes. Questions have been surfacing like…What exactly are terpenes? Do terpenes get you high? Are they legal?
So, in an effort to help our community better understand terpenes, we will address some of these questions here…
What Exactly Are Terpenes?
This is a good question that has been buzzing around as more people are throwing around the term “terpenes.” Terpenes are fragrant compounds found in plants that are responsible for the way a plant smells. They are found in herbs like rosemary, lavender, and basil and in fruits and vegetables like lemons and citrus. Terpenes are also found in cannabis and are responsible for the strong aroma and flavor of each strain of cannabis.
Do Terpenes Get You High?
Another great question we often hear is do terpenes get you high? In short, no. There is no THC in terpenes so they cannot get you high. They do, however, work closely in the brain to bind with naturally forming cannabinoids just like CBD does. So, they do work with cannabinoids and increase their benefits, but they cannot get you high on their own.
Each cannabis terpene does have a unique aroma and flavour profile and they each have their own benefits. For instance, the terpenes that smell like citrus (associated with lemons and oranges) have energizing benefits that may help with anxiety. Cannabis terpenes associated with lavender have a calming effect. So, while they cannot get you high (only THC can do that), they do have their own specific benefits and effects.
So, are They Legal?
While terpenes are legal, terpenes derived from cannabis are only legal in states where medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal.
Other Information We Should Know About Terpenes
We are still learning more about terpenes. What we do know, however is they are responsible for the unique aroma and flavour of each strain of cannabis, just like they are on other herbs. In more recent years, people have started to cook with cannabis terpenes to make their food more aromatic and to release some of the benefits associated with the different terpenes.
Some of the most common cannabis terpenes and their aromas include:
- Limonene: this cannabis terpene has a strong citrus smell and is associated with lemon.
- Linalool: this cannabis terpene has an aroma that is associated with lavender.
- Pinene: this cannabis terpene has a strong, distinct pine scent.
- Myrcene: this terpene has more of a subtle earthy scent and flavour.
Cannabis Terpenes Takeaways
As we continue to learn more about these amazing smelling compounds, we will continue to share! For now, next time you peel apart a cannabis flower and smell that incredible aroma, take it in and thank the plants’ naturally occurring terpenes for that sacred smell!