Education | June 7, 2017
Canna Facts: Terpenes Intro
Terpene – any of a class of hydrocarbons occurring widely in plants and animals and empirically regarded as built up from isoprene. Well that is the official definition but what does that actually mean? What this definition is actually saying is terpenes occur all throughout nature and are broadly just a group of chemicals that are built of five carbon subunits with nothing but hydrogen atoms attached. What some will quickly realize is that isoprene is not one of the terpenes we hear discusses frequently and that is because most of what we call terpenes are in fact Terpenoids. Below the most basic isoprene subunit that make up the backbone of all terpenes can be seen.
These Terpenoids or “Cannabis terpenes” as they are often called in the industry are what gives Cannabis its flavor and aroma both on the plant and when it is turned into concentrates. The medicinal effect of these compounds in conjunction with already known active compounds is an area of current research.