Where Do Terpenes Come From?
Terpenes are naturally produced by most plants and are the largest group of plant chemicals.
There are around 20,000 characterised terpenes and only about 200 terpenes have been found in the Cannabis plant.
Many plants can make many of the same terpenes.
This shows they are conserved through evolution or that they demonstrate convergent evolution implying they are essential for plant survival and/or reproduction.
It’s important to note that in the cannabis plant, terpenes and cannabinoids are synthesised from the same building block, called GPP.
Though the two chemical groups have the same chemical grandmother, they are not the same.
Terpenes are oil soluble so they're found in the oily or resinous parts of the plant such as the pine tree sap and citrus rind, for example.
In cannabis, terpenes are produced in specific cells within the glandular trichomes of the flower.
These look like little white beads, which give the flower its frosty look.
These structures are where all the magic happens, including cannabinoid production.
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