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What are Terpenes?

Most people know that using herbs in the kitchen give a dish an edge over herbless ones. Commonly used herbs in Western dishes are parsley, thyme, sage, and basil. These herbs are chock-full of special compounds called terpenes; the compounds that gives them their identifiable aromas. They are also in fruits, flowers, and cannabis, as well as many other plants. But are these terpenes more than just smell or flavour? The history of natural remedies and modern research both suggest that terpenes could have beneficial properties for humans and animals. We know that there are over 200 different types of terpenes in cannabis plants alone, but only a few occur in high enough quantities to be detectable by the human nose. Each chemovar (or “strain”) produces a unique blend of terpenes for its characteristic smell and flavour. For instance, Limonene is a terpene commonly occurring in citrus fruits, and is a great example of how different plants express the same terpenes - it is literally the same molecule giving CBD SKY’s Pure orange flavour CBD oils its trademark smell.

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