Terpenes are all the rage in Florida medical cannabis, but what do they do?
Terpenes are odorous organic compounds that grow on many plants, including cannabis. They help with pollination as well as defense. Some common terpenes include pinene, limonene, and humulene.
In cannabis, they’re largely responsible for a strain’s flavor profile. Studies also suggest the existence of an “entourage effect,” wherein terpenes work with cannabinoids like THC and CBD to create the full effects of a strain. Many believe individual terpenes to have unique, targeted healing abilities that work together to add certain benefits to different strains.
Likewise, it’s suggested – though not proven – that adding one strain’s terpene profile to any other strain’s extracted cannabinoids will provide effects from both strains. It’s the concept behind Trulieve’s TruClear product, which is often extracted from plants of one strain and added to terpenes from another strain.
Though they may modulate effects of strains, terpenes by themselves generally cannot reproduce the effects of cannabis.