Recently at Uncle Stu's Smoke and Vape Aurora I've had a lot of questions on what terpenes exactly are. People new to CBD specifically are confused on what terpenes do, why CBD products that contain terpenes might be more beneficial than those that don't or funny enough how to pronounce them! Terpenes have different properties and can affect the use of cannabinoids in various ways. Some terpenes can increase the potency of cannabinoids while others can mitigate it. They certainly play a role in how the plant makes you feel. Terpenes are volatile, aromatic oils that produce strong effects on the body. They affect receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain, mimicking antidepressants. Terpenes do more than just give delicious flavor.
Aroma: Hops, woody, earthy
Vaporizes At: 222ºF (106ºC)
Potential Medical Value: Anti-inflammatory
Aroma: Sweet, herbal, and woody
Vaporizes At: 122ºF (50ºC)
Potential Medical Value: Antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, decongestant, antibacterial
Also Found in: Mint, parsley, pepper, basil, mangoes, orchids, and kumquats
Aroma: Piney, floral, and herbal
Vaporizes At: 366ºF (186ºC)
Potential Effects: Relaxing
Potential Medical Value: Antioxidant, sedative, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-cancer
Also Found in: Nutmeg, tea tree, conifers, apples, cumin.