Terpenes are what provide cannabis it’s own specific smell, taste and effect. Without the array of terpenes found in each individual cannabis strain, they would almost all smell, taste, and make you feel the same.It is the combination of these terpenes that provide the wide assortment of possible therapies from one plant. One could say terpenes are the catalyst to your therapy.
There are over 30,000 terpenes in nature and many of these can be found in numerous plants. This is due to the fact that terpenes are not specific to one species of plant. Whether these oils are found in lavender, oranges, pine, hops, or cannabis it makes almost no difference. They are all biologically the same and have the same precise effect despite the plant source. Terpenes, in their simplest definition, are aromatic oils that provide a unique taste and smell characteristics throughout the botanical world.
That’s right, these are not unique to cannabis. All plants, herbs, and fruits have unique terpene profiles that create the differences in taste and smell. Over 200 different terpenes have been discovered and they’re considered safe to consume by the FDA.