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What are terpenes and how do they work?

With the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada looming, cannabis enthusiasts are becoming more of cannabis connoisseurs. The cannabis plant is extremely complex and multi-faceted. Users are interested in its medical healing properties, THC levels and other compounds, but more studies are coming out surrounding the unique terpenes found in cannabis. Terpenes are what you smell, and knowing what they are will deepen your appreciation of cannabis whether you’re a medical patient or recreational consumer. Terpenes are secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD; they are aromatic oils that give cannabis flavours such as citrus, mint, berry and pine. Terpenes help to repel predators and lure pollinators. Elements such as climate, weather, age and soil type have an effect on terpenes; there are over 200 terpenes in the plant that are unique and different. Terpenes are more than just smell. Much more. When a terpene interacts with cannabinoid receptors they can assist or hinder the effects of cannabinoids. More cannabis companies are working to enhance the flavour profiles of by maximizing and preserving terpene levels. Some people feel extracts with the full spectrum of terpenes available combined with cannabinoids are more effective than cannabinoids by themselves, so connoisseurs are looking for terpene percentages on lab testing instead of just THC and CBD levels. If you want a strain with high terpene levels, use your smell sense to guide you. Remember to store your cannabis properly in order to preserve those fascinating terpenes.

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