Terpenes: The Future of Cannabis is Medicine and Household Cleaning
Terpenes are the essential oils found in cannabis that create the fragrances and mental effects of different strains. What is that strong eucalyptus smell in some strains? That would be the terpene caryophyllene oxide. What about those black-peppery spice notes? Chances are the strain has traceable levels of ß-caryophyllene, a terpene also found in cloves and black pepper that has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties.
Terpenes aren’t just responsible for the distinctive smells of different cannabis strains; each identified terpene in cannabis also has its own set of medical properties. Green House Seeds in Amsterdam has been profiling and studying terpenes for years, and have even identified the terpene profile as a sort of “fingerprint” to identify cannabis strains.
Each strain of cannabis has its own unique blend of terpenes, called the terpene profile. Terpene profiling is thought to be one of the most accurate ways to discern cannabis strains. Along with cannabinoid profile – the amounts of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids – the subspecies (indicas and sativas), the processing of the cannabis product and the method of ingestion, terpenes contribute to the entourage effects felt in the body and mind.
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