Terpenes, also known as terpenoids, are the aromatic chemicals in plants or essential oils that you often
smell. Terpenes are found in a variety of plants and some insects. Terpenes are often used to protect the
plants that produce them by deterring herbivores and by attracting predators and parasites of
herbivores. Carnivorous plants like the Venus fly trap even use terpenes to attract flies and insects.
Terpenes have been found to contain desirable properties for use in agriculture, food, cosmetics,
pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. This can be credited to their rise in public awareness
through the growth and education of medical and recreational cannabis. Over 100 terpenes and
compounds have been found in cannabis but some of the most common are; Myrcene (Herbal), Pinene
(Pine), Caryophyllene (Peppery), Limonene (Citrus), Terpinolene (Fruity), Humulene (Hoppy), Ocimene
(Mint), and Linalool (Lavender). All these compounds play a part in the “Entourage Effect” of full
spectrum cannabis products.
Full spectrum describes a product that is derived from industrial hemp plants. It is carefully extracted to preserve the most desirable compounds of the hemp