• Ashley Slimak

Cannabis Terpenes and Their Importance for Medical Marijuana Users


Did you know that according to a recent survey, 70 percent of cannabis consumers are unfamiliar with the term cannabis terpene?


The cannabis industry is working to raise awareness around terpenes, but the majority of medical marijuana patients are still unaware of what they are and why they are significant for medical purposes.


What are cannabis terpenes?

Think mint, berry, pine and citrus. Cannabis terpenes are the aromatic oils that give users those recognizable flavors, much like essential oils, and affect the taste and flavor of the product. There are a handful of factors that influence the terpene development of the plant, such as weather, soil type and climate. More than 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, and each plays a distinct role in determining the effects of various strains and how they can help relieve symptoms for different medical conditions. 


Why are terpenes important for medical reasons?

Much like cannabinoids, Terpenes bind to receptors in your brain and produce different effects. Each terpene has a certain effect on the consumer, depending on what the user is seeking. Some terpenes can leave users feeling relaxed or promote stress relief, while others boost productivity and focus. Be sure to conduct research on terpenes to discover which ones could treat your unique medical condition.


Which terpenes will work for me?

What symptoms or medical condition are you looking to relieve? In order for dispensary staff to make the best recommendation, be sure to explain what your treatment goals are and what it is your hoping to achieve from the terpenes. If you’re experiencing anxiety and are looking for stress relief, the budtender may suggest a hybrid or Indica-dominant strain with terpenes such as Myrcene to promotes calming effects, or Caryophyllene to promote stress relief among users. He or she would probably steer you clear from a Sativa-dominant strain since typically Sativa strains with a high THC content can give users more anxiety.


What does the research say about terpene knowledge?

Nearly half of cannabis users reported that they use cannabis with someone else such as a friend, significant other, or family member. Because of this, users also get their cannabis information from friends, creating a “network effect.” The survey stresses the importance of industry officials, brands and companies to use their platforms and voices to educate medical marijuana patients on basic cannabis knowledge, such as terpenes, and how they can help treat their medical condition.


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