GMPISO 9001:2015FSSC22000


Terpenes and Essential Oils?

Terpenes, at their core, are the parts of a plant or flower that create the scents we smell when we inhale. So what makes them different from essential oils? True Terpenes is here with the answers.

Terpenes are phenols that release a specific scent, depending on what kind they are. For example, Citral releases the citrusy scent we smell with lemon and Linalool smells more like lavender, as that is where it is found.

Rise in Popularity

In more recent years, both terpenes and essential oils have grown more and more popular. However, they have been around for as long as plants have! When it comes to terpenes in particular, people began to take notice with the growing cannabis industry. In states where cannabis is legal, indoor grows encouraged the breeding of specific strains. With all the focus put on high levels of THC, the results were pretty disappointing. The heavy-THC genetics were testing well in the lab, but patients of medicinal marijuana were left disappointed. Why? First, the flavor and aroma decreased, but that aside, these plants didn’t hold the medicinal effects that patients were looking for.

We know today that terpenes bond to cannabinoid receptors in the body, which is what heightens the effects of both THC and CBD. When the growers accidentally removed the terpenes through selective breeding, they actually declined the medicinal value of the plant.

Terpenes and Essential Oils

So if terpenes come from plants and cause the scents, what is the difference between terpenes and essential oils? Terpenes are found in all plants, and their healing qualities can be enjoyed in many different vehicles—not just cannabis. Terpenes can be found in essential oils. In fact, some of the most popular essential oils contain some of your favorite terpenes.

So why not just choose essential oils? Well, essential oils aren’t just the terpenes. They usually include a blend of terpenes and are labeled under one name, like lavender. Terpenes and terpene oils are distributed a bit differently. At True Terpenes, we don’t sell “lavender.” We offer the pure terpene Linalool that can be found in lavender.

So, at the base level, essential oils are made up of different terpenes all blended into one scent. Terpenes for sale are just that—strictly terpenes.

Using Terpenes

There are a few ways to use terpenes, just as there are with essential oils. Many people find success using our terpenes to achieve a desired effect, such as using Alpha Pinene to uplift the spirits and improve your work. Just like with essential oils, you can add these terpenes to your food, you can diffuse them —whatever you would like. Just be sure to dilute them properly first, as they can be dangerous in their highly concentrated state!

If you aren’t sure which one of our terpenes for sale to choose, don’t worry. We can help. First, start by thinking about what sort of effect you are going for. From soothing to unwinding, comforting to focus, we have the terpenes for you. Shop now to find yours.

Related Posts

Entourage effect of terpenes in beer?

Infusing spirits and beer with terpenes    Adding THC or CBD to a beverage may be common now, but what happens when you add cannabis flower or terpenes? As the cannabis industry has spread across  the US and the world, it has inevitably crossed paths with the alcohol industry. Regulations have limited much of the…

Endangered Strains

True Terpenes products mirror disappearing cannabis terpene profiles Landrace cannabis is going extinct. The cannabis that you smoke today is likely descended from one of four varieties of cannabis that form the bedrock of the cannabis breeding pool since ancient times. The four varieties referenced are not strains like Malawi Gold or Kush, but rather…

The Entourage Effect

  This article about the entourage effect is for educational purposes only. This is not meant to diagnose, treat or otherwise represent advice on a medical condition and does not constitute medical advice. Talk to your doctor about all medical questions. This is only a review on research documents. What is the entourage effect? How…

russo and shango talk terpenes

The Ethan Russo Sessions #5 – Relieving Pain with Terpenes

Celebrating renowned neuroscientist, Ethan Russo and this in-depth chat with Shango Los. On this episode of Shaping Fire, Shango explores using terpenes, either individually or in synergy with cannabinoids to help relieve stress and pain. Russo and Shango discuss how Terpenes interact with the body and the endocannabinoid system. Different methods of consumption are discussed,…