For many new cannabis users, the word “terpene” may be a strange and unfamiliar term, but it won’t be for much longer.

As science and technology carry consumers to a better understanding of cannabis and its complexities, society is beginning to recognize that there’s much more to the herb than its THC component.

What are terpenes?

The smell of cannabis is euphoric to say the least. Every strain has a scent, and each one is recognizable because they are all unique – from the spicy to the sweet.

This is thanks to terpenes, and a better understanding of terpenes can deepen your appreciation of cannabis whether you’re a medicinal user or recreational consumer.

I don’t smoke it, but I like the smell of it.” – Andy Warhol

Just as important as the cannaboids most of us are already familiar with, terpenes give cannabis strains their taste and scent because they are flavored oils, with carbon and hydrogen as the primary elements.

With the sensitivity terpenes have to heat, low temperatures are best not to alter or disrupt its necessary properties, (thus explaining the importance of low heat when dabbing).

An interesting fact: Terpenes are part of other plants, fruits, herbs and flowers. They function as both a deterrent for predators and attractant for pollinators.