Imagine: you walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and smell several different strains of cannabis. Some smell, well, a little skunky, while others have hints of citrus, or maybe even pine. These are terpenes.
Below, we’ll dive into what terpenes do, and most importantly – why they’re important.
Terpenes in Marijuana
The marijuana plant contains an array of chemicals and compounds. Some of these are known as terpenes, which belong to a large group of aromatic organic hydrocarbons. Cannabis terpenes are secreted in the sticky resin glands of the flower, where you’ll also find cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) and trichomes.
Simply put, terpenes are fragrant oils that are secreted alongside CBD, THC and other cannabinoids, and are believed to have a medicinal effect.
Their differences can be subtle, but terpenes can add even more therapeutic value to cannabis, based on their unique medicinal properties.
Most Common Terpenes in Marijuana
There are many options when it comes to terpenes, which is good news for medical marijuana patients. In terms of identifying the right strain for your treatment, “indica vs. sativa” is the broadest way to classify cannabis – most cannabis users are satisfied to know that indica chills them out and sativa lifts them up, basing their decision off this alone.
But combinations of terpenes within these two strains provide a more nuanced sense of bodily effects, providing an opportunity to find the perfect strain for your specific needs. If you have questions about terpenes and medical marijuana in Missouri, please contact our team at Flora Farms today!