Most people involved in cannabis research are focused on this plant’s unique cannabinoids. Since compounds like THC and CBD are responsible for weed’s potential therapeutic effects, it makes sense that most scientists would be interested in them. However, chemicals known as “terpenes” also play a vital role in cannabis cultivars. In fact, without terpenes, weed wouldn’t have its distinctive scent and aromas. 

As more people discover the power of terpenes, there has been a growing market for cannabis-derived terpene extracts. While these products won’t give you the standard cannabis effects, they could have dozens of fascinating use cases. 

So, What Are Cannabis-Derived Terpenes? 

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in countless flowers, herbs, and spices. Most botanists believe plants developed these terpenes over millennia as a natural pest deterrent. Interestingly, all of the terpenes found in cannabis strains can be found in many other plants. Although terpenes aren’t unique to the cannabis genus, they help determine each strain’s aroma and flavor. Plus, scientific evidence suggests each terpene has unique physiological properties, which may affect each cannabis hybrid’s effects. 

Just a few of the most prominent terpenes found in cannabis include:

  • Myrcene: Fragrant & fruity, myrcene is closely associated with mangoes and “musky” odors. 
  • Limonene: A bright, zesty, and sharp terpene found in citrus fruits. 
  • Beta-caryophyllene: A spicy terpene closely associated with black pepper. 
  • Alpha-pinene: Alpha-pinene is named after its close association with the woods and pine trees. 

When manufacturers talk about “cannabis-derived terpenes,” they’re usually referring to liquid extracts containing high concentrations of these volatile aromatic compounds. Instead of extracting terpenes from other plants, the terpenes in these products come directly from cannabis strains. You could think of cannabis-derived terpenes as similar to the countless essential oils popular in the health & wellness market. 

Why Would People Buy Cannabis-Derived Terpenes? 

Cannabis-derived terpenes are often marketed toward “cannabis connoisseurs” and flavor-chasers. People who deeply appreciate the nuanced flavors in different strains will most enjoy using a concentrated terpene formula. Many companies now offer terpene extracts that mimic famous hybrids like GSC, Bubba Kush, or Sour Diesel. While these terpene formulas may have some CBD or THC concentrations, the primary focus is on the high amount of aromatic terpenes. Therefore, when you use cannabis-derived terpenes, you should have a flavor-forward experience. 

People who want to experience a cannabis strain’s flavors without the harsh smoke associated with joints tend to prefer these extracts. Cannabis-derived terpenes are also a good fit for those who want the unique benefits associated with certain terpenes. For instance, myrcene has a close association with sedation. Therefore, someone struggling with insomnia may experience good results taking a terpene formula with high amounts of myrcene. 

These terpene formulas are usually suitable for vaporizers, but please always double-check the product’s specifications before vaping it. Also, please remember that many terpenes have a lower boiling point than cannabinoids. You may need to set your vaporizer to a low setting to ensure you’re not burning all of the precious terpenes in your formula.