Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give plants and flowers their aromatic diversity. Terpenes are GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) by the FDA, and are buried in the same glands that produce cannabinoids. Terpenes are responsible for the pleasant, or not so pleasant, aromas of flowers and buds, along with the psychological effects associated with those aromas. One of the most intriguing and researched characteristics of terpenes is their ability to interact with other compounds in specific plants.
Climate, weather, fertilizers, and soil type are just a few of the factors that can influence a plant’s development of terpenes. As strains can vary greatly between sources, those with high concentrations of specific terpenes are known to be easier to identify than other strains. Some of the most common terpenes are Myrcene, Pinene, Limonene and Linalool.”