what are they and why do they matter?
Terpenes are responsible for a plants smell and taste. Not exclusive to cannabis, terpenes are found in all plants. They act as an attractant for helpful bugs like bees or as a repellent for pest's like aphids. Different terpenes have different effects on the human body. For example lavenders terpenes tend to have anti-anxiety effect while pine enhances memory and is antibacterial. In cannabis however terpenes are rather important. They play a big roll in the overall effect a strain will take on your body. Terpenes can boost the effect of cannabis, otherwise known as the "entourage effect." Ever gotten crazy high off a lower THC strain? That's probably because of the terpenes present in that plant. Each terpene profile is unique, no one plant will smell, taste, or smoke the same unless grown from clones in the same environment. That means your favorite strain will feel a little different from different climates/growers. Familiar with essential oils? They are simply the separation of plant matter from the terpenes used for anxiety, stress, sickness, nausea and more for centuries. Some extraction methods used today strip cannabis of it's terpenes. Other companies are adding synthetic terpenes to boost aroma and flavor. After reading this you'll appreciate the blast of scents coming from the next jar of bud you open. Below is the terpene wheel further explaining the effects of many of our favorite plants/fruits. Take a look, or a sniff...