What You Should Know About Terpenes

by BM Innovations on October 09, 2023

What You Should Know About Terpenes


Terpenes are aromatic compounds responsible for the unique aroma associated with plants like cannabis, pine, and lavender.  Aside from fragrance, terpenes may also offer some health benefits to the human body.  As regulations surrounding cannabis become less stringent, the research surrounding the potential therapeutic effects of these plants and the associated terpenes are becoming more prominent.


What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are highly aromatic compounds that determine the unique aroma associated plants and herbs like rosemary and lavender.

In some plants, terpenes attract pollinators, while in other plants, they cause a strong reaction to repel predators, such as insects or foraging animals.  Some terpenes play a protective role in the plant, helping the plant to recover from damage; others act as a part of the plant’s immune system to keep away infectious germs.


Terpenes and The Body

Terpenes can be bioactive, which means they may affect the body.  The degree at which the terpenes affect the body is dependent on the concentration of the terpene itself and how the person is using it.  Research suggests that many terpenes have demonstrated beneficial effects on the body and could serve as an alternative medical remedy.  To read more on the different terpenes and their potential effects on the body, click here!

Some terpenes types include:
  • Limonene
  • Pinene
  • Linalool
  • Myrcene
  • Beta-caryophyllene
  • Humulene
  • Geraniol
  • Terpinolene
  • Ocimene
  • Phytol


In closing...

Terpenes are the compounds responsible for a plant’s scent, aid in the plants immune system, and could help the plant recover from damage. They are abundant in cannabis and many other plants, fruits, and herbs.  The latest research suggests that terpenes can provide health benefits to humans. Different terpenes react with the body in different ways depending on its concentration with different benefits associated with each.