Jun 14, 2023

What Are Terps?

Terps And Their Effects

Cannabis terpenes are the aromatic compounds that give marijuana its unique smell and flavor. They are also found in other plants, such as essential oils and citrus fruits. Terpenes are thought to play a role in the therapeutic effects of cannabis, and they may also have benefits on their own.

There are over 100 different terpenes found in cannabis, each with its own unique properties. Some of the most common terpenes include:

  • Limonene: This terpene has a citrusy, lemony flavor and is known for its uplifting and energizing effects.
  • Linalool: This terpene has a lavender-like scent and is often used in aromatherapy for its relaxing and calming effects.
  • Caryophyllene: This terpene has a peppery, spicy flavor and is thought to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
  • Myrcene: This terpene has a musky, earthy scent and is known for its sleep-inducing and relaxing effects.
  • Pinene: This terpene has a pine-like scent and is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Terpenes are thought to work together with cannabinoids to produce the effects of cannabis. Cannabinoids are the active ingredients in cannabis that produce the psychoactive effects, such as the “high” that users experience. Terpenes are thought to modify the effects of cannabinoids, making them more or less intense or providing different therapeutic benefits.

For example, terpenes with a calming effect, such as linalool, may help to reduce the anxiety and paranoia that some people experience when using cannabis. Terpenes with an energizing effect, such as limonene, may help to improve focus and concentration.

Terpenes are also thought to have benefits on their own. For example, terpenes with anti-inflammatory properties, such as caryophyllene, may help to relieve pain and inflammation. Terpenes with antibacterial properties, such as pinene, may help to fight infection.

More research is needed to understand the full effects of terpenes on the body. However, there is growing evidence that terpenes may play an important role in the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

If you are interested in learning more about terpenes, there are a number of resources available online and in libraries. You can also talk to your doctor or a healthcare professional about the potential benefits of terpenes.


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