What are Terpenes?
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
You know that smell when you walk into a dispensary or at a concert that instantly says "cannabis"?
Well, those are terpenes. You're already more familiar with them than you'd expect, but there is a lot more to be said for those powerful aromatic compounds.
Terpenes (tur-peens) are the pungent and fragrant oils that provide cannabis strains their aromatic diversity. There are a lot of them, like over 200 different types found in cannabis. They’re produced alongside cannabinoids (THCa, CBDa, etc.) in the trichomes of the cannabis plant (trichomes are those frosty little crystals).
The “Entourage Effect”
Not only are they responsible for the pleasant aromatic stimulus of cannabis, but terpenes are also of important therapeutic value. When binding to receptors in the brain with cannabinoids, they produce something known as the “entourage effect”. The entourage effect is when a chemical or compound doesn’t reach its full potential when taken alone. However, when consumed in combination with other chemicals/compounds it reaches its full potential.
So, how do they impact the effects of cannabis?
Due to the “entourage effect”, pairing cannabinoids with different terpenes results in a broader range of therapeutic effects. In combination with cannabinoids, they can change the rate of production for things like dopamine (controls reward and pleasure center) or serotonin (well-being and happiness).
The Theory Wellness approach
We’re obviously telling you all of this for a reason. We take these very seriously as part of our approach to cultivation. We always test for different terpenes to better understand our flowers, their therapeutic effects, and profiles. From the effects they have on the body to the mouth-watering aromas, they’re always top of mind.