Updated: Dec 20, 2022
In No. 21 of the Cannabis Commerce + Chemistry Podcast, host Curt Robbins from Higher Learning LV and co-hosts John Bailey from the Mindset Genesis in Las Vegas and Dena Putnam from Leafwize Naturals in Orange County, California discuss an October 2022 research study about major cannabis terpenes, the aromatic molecules that are primarily responsible for the sometimes pungent fragrances of marijuana.
This fast-paced roundtable teaches listeners about the potential health and wellness benefits of the top terpenes manufactured by hemp and cannabis.
Bailey, Putnam, and Robbins discuss the significance of this study and the eight terpenes that it identified as a new "super class" of the molecules that are most deserving of the attention and research and development of the emerging cannabis and hemp industries.
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What are "Super Class" Terpenes?
An October 2022 study entitled "Effects of Super-class Cannabis Terpenes Beta-caryophyllene and Alpha-pinene on Zebrafish Behavioral Biomarkers" that was published in the journal Scientific Reports suggested the existence of a special subclass of terpenes, the aromatic molecules produced by more than 20,000 botanical species on earth, including hemp and cannabis.
The study's authors reported that cannabis terpenes "have emerged as candidate therapeutic compounds following the potential health benefits of the phytocannabinoids ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)." They explained that terpenes are a major class of phytochemicals and that they form "the essential oils of plants and flowers and are responsible for their varying aromas, flavors, and colors."
"Terpenes are a major class of phytochemicals that form the essential oils of plants and flowers and are responsible for their varying aromas, flavors, and colors."
The scientists explained how terpenes are manufactured within the glandular trichomes of the flowers of mature female plants, the same source as the most popular chemical compounds produced by hemp and cannabis, the cannabinoids CBD and THC.
Types of Terpenes
Reported the study: "Terpenes are hydrocarbon compounds that consist of varying numbers of isoprene molecules and are classified according to the number of pairs of isoprenes they are made up of. The most prevalent types of terpenes in cannabis consist of either two isoprene molecules (monoterpenes) or three isoprene molecules (sesquiterpenes), and less commonly, four isoprene molecules (diterpenes)."
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