What are terpenes?

Terpenes are a large group of natural and aromatic hydrocarbon compounds that can be detected in almost all plants. Although all terpenes have a common basic chemical structure, they look different and each exudes an individual aroma. Terpenes are found, for example, in flowers, resin, fruits and roots and are responsible for the characteristic odor of a plant.

In addition to cannabinoids – the best known are CBD and THC – the hemp plant also contains a whole range of different terpenes. They characterize the typical smell of hemp and the special aroma of the plants. Because different cannabis varieties are endowed with different terpenes, each has its own scent. In addition, science assumes that terpenes can enhance the positive effect of cannabinoids.

Some of the most important terpenes in the cannabis plant are:

  • Lime
  • Beta-Myrcene
  • Alpha-Pinene
  • Linalool
  • Eucalyptol
  • Alpha-Terpinols
  • Beta-Caryophyllene
  • Caryophyllen-Oxid
  • Trans-Beta-Farnese
  • Trans-Caryophyllene

About Gesa Riedewald

Gesa Riedewald is the managing director of Kalapa Germany. She has been working as a medical writer on the topic of pharmaceutical cannabis since 2017 and has years of experience in the healthcare sector.

Gesa Riedewald ist die Geschäftsführerin von Kalapa Deutschland. Sie ist bereits seit 2017 als medical writer für das Thema Cannabis als Medizin tätig und besitzt jahrelange Erfahrung im Bereich Healthcare.