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Get to know Terpenes
By: Elizabeth Sheldon
Tuesday, October 26th
Although many people commonly associate terpenes with cannabis, these aromatic compounds are found in many plants and create distinct smells such as pine, lavender, lemon, and fresh orange peel.
One of PMP’s favorite Terpenes in cannabis is limonene. According to Terpene Warehouse, so far, scientists have discovered around 20,000 terpenes and approximately 150 terpenes have been identified in Cannabis sativa, the cannabis plant.
Limonene, a dominant citrus terpene in cannabis, is known for its ability to be uplifting and energizing. Citrus flavors include orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit.
Where limonene is stimulating, the terpene linalool which smells like lavender, is calming and reduces anxiety. Terpenes work in conjunction with cannabinoids (which are found in cannabis and our bodies) and together create “the entourage effect.” Terpenes can also be isolated and are used in perfumes, foods, and many other products.
Finding the right terpene for you can be trial and error, but finding a plant with an appetizing smell is a good place to start. Read more about terpenes in Medical News Today.