What are Terpenes

What are Terpenes ?


“Terpene” is a term used to describe any one of a large class of organic compounds that are important and potent biosynthetic building blocks. The word terpene may look familiar, since it’s derived from the word “turpentine,” which contains many terpenes.

"...the major terpenes identified have been cited as having anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, and cytoprotective pharmacological properties (Tambe et al., 1996)"


 Where do Terpenes Come From ?

Many plants other than turpentine produce terpenes. These are the chemicals in plants that largely produce their scent, flavor and color. They are structurally related to isoprene and are the main constituent of a plant’s essential oil and resin. When a plant is dried or cured, and the terpenes are denatured by oxygen, the resulting chemical is known as “terpenoids.” Terpenes can be useful on their own as well as in combination with other compounds present in the plant, like flavonoids and phytocannabinoids. (www.cbdweb.org)

"Terpenes are widespread in nature and are found in cannabis as well. The way these different compounds work together is what gives individual plants their intrinsic qualities."