What are terpenes?
Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants, though many people commonly associate them with cannabis because cannabis plants contain high concentrations of them. These aromatic compounds create the characteristic scent of many plants, such as cannabis, pine, and lavender, as well as fresh orange peel. The fragrance of most plants is due to a combination of terpenes. In nature, these terpenes protect the plants from animal grazing or infectious germs.
There are at least 20,000 known terpenes in existence. The cannabis plant contains more than 100 of these terpenes. Many terpenes that are produced by the cannabis plant are also found elsewhere in nature. Below is a table of some commonly known terpenes:
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