What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are aromatic hydrocarbon molecules that occur naturally in plants and have been widely used in the cosmetic industry for decades. They are responsible for specific plant odors and are named after the smell they produce. For example, the terpene limonene produces the smell of citrus fruits, and the terpene alpha-pinene is responsible for the scent of pine trees. Over 100 terpenes have been found in cannabis alone.
Terpenes are oil & alcohol soluble, and can be added to a variety of products, such as beverages, edibles, tinctures, diffusers, candles, body care products, and more. When properly used and with the correct blend, terpenes can not only enhance the taste and/or fragrance of products, they can also provide holistic/therapaeutic benefits that herbs and other plants have been found to have. As tinctures and topical's are often used to ease a specific ailment, adding terpenes is an additional way to target those particular symptoms.
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