Terpenes are a group of volatile hydrocarbon compounds produced by the cannabis plant. They give cannabis its characteristic aroma and smell and have been used by humans for thousands of years in aromatherapy. Terpenes have been declared safe for human consumption by the Food and Drug Association and are used in a variety of food and cosmetic products.
Terpenes versus terpenoids
The words terpene and terpenoid are used interchangeably by many cannabis growers and the cannabis industry, but there are some important differences between them. The real difference between terpenes and terpenoids is that terpenes are hydrocarbons while terpenoids are oxidised. Think of how it is with hemp flower. The cannabis plant, in its raw form, has terpenes in its trichomes. But when the grower dries and processes the flower,