Have you heard of them many times, but don’t really know what terpenes are? Thanks to this article, you will become unbeatable on the subject!
Terpenes: what are they?
Terpenes are a natural hydrocarbon produced by almost all plants. It is an oily aromatic component used, for example, to make resin and turpentine. We often talk about them in the world of cannabis, because they are very fragrant in this plant and come from the same glands that produce cannabinoids. These biomolecules have effects on the body when they are ingested by inhalation or burned (smoke), but also when they are ingested, because terpenes bring taste!
What are terpenes used for?
It is good to know that there are many kinds of terpenes (limonenes, mycenes, pinewoods, beta-caryphylls…), each with different properties and smells. But their goal is the same: to protect the plant from predators, pathogens and harmful micro-organisms. They mainly interact with insects, but can also act as pheromones! Indeed, terpenes are also reproductive messengers for plants of the same species, by attracting pollinating insects.
Extracted from plants, terpenes are particularly widely used for aromatherapy in the form of essential oils!
What is the link between terpenes and the smoking universe?
In the smoking universe, terpenes are omnipresent, especially for vapers. Indeed, natural molecules are used for the manufacture of e-liquid, in particular because they have interesting tastes and smells to exploit.
What are the effects of terpenes on the body?
In aromatherapy, terpenes are very beneficial to the body. Relaxing, stimulating or even aphrodisiac, their virtues differ according to the molecules used. Terpenes have multiple benefits. Myrcenes are relaxing, linalool is a natural sedative, pinewood improves concentration and memory, humelene brings a natural satiety effect, as for limonene, it reduces stress and stimulates good mood.