With more states adding medical marijuana to the law books, there is an increased focus on maximizing the medicinal effects of cannabis. The fragrance, or scent of cannabis plays an important role in its healing qualities than many give it credit for, and a unique group of molecules called terpenes are largely responsible for this.

Terpenes are produced by plants in nature and are the major components of their essential oils. These terpenes are responsible for the unique smell, flavor, and in large part, the medicinal effects of different plants.

Common plants have no less than twenty terpenes, which make up their terpene profile. This combination of unique molecules is what makes a pine tree smell like pine or a rose smell like a rose.

“Terpene profile” is becoming a common term in the cannabis industry to describe the scent of a strain, as well as the flavor of the flower or concentrate when consumed.

THC, CBD, and the other cannabinoids are frequently focused on when discussing the healing properties of cannabis. Terpenes have many medicinal effects beyond just the obvious, and are often over looked for their importance in how cannabinoids react with the human system.

Cannabinoids bond with the endocannabinoid system, primarily in the brain. This causes the sensation of being “high”. Terpenes have a similar reaction. They bond to these receptors, not only enhancing or altering the effects of the cannabinoids, but imparting their own synergistic effects, allowing for many of the healing qualities associated with cannabis.

Linalool, a terpene commonly found in strains such as G-13, is credited with the soothing, antianxiety qualities of the strain. Linalool is also found in high levels in the Lavender plant, which is why lavender is used in so many products marketed at being relaxing and soothing, from candles to skin care.

A common misconception with many cannabis users is that there are terpenes exclusively unique to cannabis. With all plants having their own unique combination of terpene molecules, there are terpenes that exhibit medicinal qualities shared among many medicinal plants, such as Linalool and Myrcene. Myrcene is found in Skunks, Kush’s, White Widow, and many of the old school strains associated with being extremely stony, or having that couch lock effect.

Myrcene is also found in mangos and hops, and there has been a long time understanding in the marijuana community that if you eat mangos before you get high it will enhance the experience. Due to the synergistic relationship between the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids, and terpenes, this is actually true!

With so much new focus from all of the medical qualities of cannabis, the industry is answering back with a myriad of new products to address these demands. Concentrates that retain the terpenes of the strains are increasingly popular, reflecting the essence and medicinal qualities of the terpenes in extremely high quantities.

Medibles are being infused with natural products like lemon rind, increasing the limonene terpene levels, helping to boost its mood elevating qualities when consumed with cannabis.

Vapor pens are being infused with natural terpenes, appealing to users seeking flavors other than just cannabis strains.

A new, exciting development on the market are the nearly pure cannabinoid concentrates testing at 97% and higher. These are being infused with terpenes not necessarily found in cannabis, with their own unique qualities.

As cannabis is studied further, and these relationships are better understood, more exciting developments will come, so next time you are in your garden enjoying a joint, or at your local access point, let your nose do the deciding! There is a whole new world emerging! —

At KindMD we are so proud to be at the forefront of this movement ! We have past proven technology and processes using terpenes and we can add to this new emerging acceptance and growth of our medicine !  This finally gives us the chance to use the essential oils we have been using our entire life and now add to the power of our favorite medicine …  this will give us an even more powerful way to show the “peeps on the fence” a proven way that we can use this amazing plant along with others to cure and help daily problems even the most sophisticated drug companies still cannot reach into !

This is a very exciting time ! — thank you and much respect to everyone –

especially dope magazine, Ryan, X-Tracted Laboratories and Dr. Kymron deCesare, Chief Research Officer, and Steephill Labs