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Terpenes: How They Affect the Human Body

Terpenes are what give plants their characteristic smell. They are aromatic molecules found in many plants, including flowers, fruits, vegetables, and yes, even cannabis. You even find them in the animal world, such as some types of caterpillars, butterflies, and termites. Most people are unfamiliar with terpenes, but with scientists studying cannabis so intensely, people are becoming more aware.  The beauty of terpenes is that not only do they give plants their unique aromas, but they also have medical properties of their own. As research steers society toward understanding cannabis, even ordering cannabis delivery, we now know there is much more to marijuana than just its cannabinoids, which include tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD, among hundreds of others.  In cannabis plants, terpenes are those fragrant oils produced in resin glands that give buds their aromatic diversity. Called trichomes, this resin is rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, and even flavonoids. …

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