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Core Cannabis Course: Super Class Terpenes

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Welcome to homework assignment CCC 1.26 of the Core Cannabis Course from Higher Learning LV. In this assignment, students learn about a special category of the aromatic compounds that are produced cannabis and hemp called terpenes. Industry professionals are exposed to the group of eight "super class" terpenes identified by an October 2022 peer-reviewed research study as being the most common in North American cannabis cultivars.

In the assignments that follow, students are exposed to in-depth analyses of each of the eight super class terpenes, including the latest scientific research studies pertaining to their biochemical characteristics and potential medicinal efficacy when consumed by humans.


A 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 class of terpenes, the aromatic molecules produced by more than 20,000 botanical species on earth, including hemp and cannabis. The study analyzed the properties of two members of this group, alpha-pinene and beta-caryophyllene.

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