Cannabis Terpenes: What Are They?

When purchasing medical marijuana, you may notice your preference of strain comes with a bold aroma or a sweet, fruity taste. But, what causes cannabis to hold such mouthwatering and appealing flavors? The answer you are looking for is cannabis terpenes, but what are they?! Stay tuned as we discuss the science behind terpenes and how they affect your body.

What Are Cannabis Terpenes?

Blended into the same cannabis glands that produce THC and CBD are terpends, also known as an aromatic oil that gives cannabis beautiful colors and scents, such as fruity smells, mint, pine, or citrus. The development of terpenes in cannabis was used for adaptive reasons, such as rappelling predators and attract pollinators. At least 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, each offering a uniqueness to the specific strain. Terpene production is largely influenced by climate factors ranging from temperature, humidity, and light intensity.

How Terpenes Affect Your Body

Numerous studies have shown that terpenes bind together to help THC and CBD pass through the bloodstream easier. This means you feel a stronger or weaker effect of a strain based on the terpenes found in it. Each individual terpene is associated with their own unique effect. Some terpenes promote relaxation and stress relief, while others encourage focus while boosting energy.

By using terpenes to manage the effects of other cannabinoids, cultivators are now able to produce “super strains” of cannabis that are created to target specific symptoms for patients, perhaps for those suffering from chronic pain or severe anxiety. These focused strains allow the best experience for as many patients as possible.



Mary and Main is a fully licensed and certified medical marijuana dispensary located in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Founded by doctors and experienced caregivers, Mary and Main provides safe, premium quality medical cannabis products with exemplary and compassionate service to all certified patients who are suffering from a number of chronic debilitating illnesses.

Consult with our staff professionals to determine the best opiate-free, addiction-free treatment plan for your needs.

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