Potential helth benefits of cannabis terpenes
Terpenes and terpenoids are the primary constituents of the essential oils of many types of plants and flowers. In nature terpenes are often the building blocks for larger and more complex molecules, such as steroids, pigments and vitamins (for example, vitamin A, K, E are terpenoids).
The complex mixtures of terpenes in cannabis make it difficult to pin down a specific effect on a specific component. Cannabis sativa L. contain at least 120 identified compounds.
The entourage effect, which describes the synergy of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds, has also helped further awareness and demand for terpenes in cannabis products.