If you’ve dipped your toes into researching CBD or medical cannabis, you’ve surely heard the term terpenes. It’s among the buzziest of cannabis industry buzzwords at the moment.
But just what are these plant-derived compounds, and why is everybody suddenly talking about them? After all, it’s complicated enough to wrap our heads around the latest data on CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. Now there are more terms to master?
While it seems like a lot to learn, understanding terpenes (a.k.a. terpenoids) could be key to choosing the CBD product that is right for you. That’s because terpenes are aromatic compounds that are largely responsible for the differences in scent and flavor between cannabis strains, and they have health implications of their own.
Take, for example, linalool. This terpene occurs naturally in a variety of culinary herbs, as well as many fruits, spices, and trees. It is widely used as a flavoring or aromatic ingredient in everything from foods and personal care items to cleaning supplies. And it’s the main aromatic compound in lavender, which aromatherapists use for everything from stabilizing mood swings to treating burns.
Now, keep in mind, this is just one terpene out of the hundreds that scientists have identified in cannabis. So, where should you start if you want to learn more?
Our new infographic introduces five of the most common terpenes found in hemp-derived CBD products. Read on to learn more.
CBD Hacker’s Introduction to Terpenes