Terpenes: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

What Are Terpenes? Terpenes are natural organic compounds found in cannabis plants and numerous other plants in nature. They are responsible for the aroma and flavor of different cannabis strains and also influence their effects. Why Are Terpenes Important? Terpenes play a crucial role in creating the complex aromas and flavors of various cannabis varieties. They also have synergistic effects with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, meaning they can influence the effects and therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Terpenes and the Taste and Effects of Cannabis How Do Terpenes Affect the Taste and Effects of Cannabis? Terpenes can significantly impact the taste and effects of cannabis. For example, the terpene called "limonene" gives a citrusy scent and can have an uplifting, euphoric effect. "Myrcene" provides an earthy aroma and can be relaxing and calming. The combination of different terpene profiles can lead to a wide range of flavors and effects. Do Terpenes Remain Intact When Cooking with Cannabis? During an infusion or extraction process, like cooking with cannabis using POT by NOIDS, efforts are made to preserve as many terpenes as possible. Slow heating and optimal infusion conditions are used to retain terpenes. However, it's important to note that terpenes are sensitive to heat, and some terpenes may be lost during heating, even at room temperature. Despite this loss, POT by NOIDS has made efforts to preserve as many terpenes as possible in the final infusion, which can contribute to the taste and effects of cannabis dishes.