any of a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees. They are based on a cyclic molecule having the formula C10H16
Definition source: Oxford Languages
Terpene Locator Search Tool
Did you know that terpenes exist in a massive variety of plants, and even insects? There are roughly 20,000 terpenes that the science-community knows of. The main function behind the existence of terpenes is to serve as a defense mechanism for plants, and even some insects. Simply put, terpenes are associated with specific odors, or smells, that serve primarily as a defense mechanism to keep herbivores, or other predators, away. Have you ever tried walked near a christmas tree stand during the holidays? That strong smell actually comes from terpenes. The smell of citrus when walking through a citrus grove actually comes from…you guessed it, terpenes.
Here at CannabiJournal, we are going to stick with terpenes that are more dominant in the realm of cannabis.
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