difference between terpenes and terpenoids

If you are a veteran cannabis consumer, it’s likely that you’ve spent at least a few moments admiring the delicate, crystalline resin that coats your favorite buds. As we learn more about the compounds that comprise cannabis, it’s more important than ever for cannabis consumers to educate themselves on the difference between terpenes and terpenoids.

Let’s Talk about Terpenes and Terpenoids, Baby

Whether you are a recreational marijuana consumer or a medical marijuana patient, it’s always good to know exactly what is in your cannabis. Although progress in the field of cannabis has been slow and relatively underrepresented in media at large, state legalization has made these a reality in Las Vegas and greater Nevada.


As you know, terpenes are fragrance oils that occur in nature and in the cannabis plant that give different strains their distinct aromas while also providing a host of therapeutic effects. Terpenes also play a crucial role in giving the cannabis plant with protection from fungi, bacteria, insects, and free radicals.


Although you may hear the words terpene and terpenoid used interchangeably, they mean two different things:


  • Terpenes are hydrocarbons which means that the only chemical elements present in their atomic structures are carbon and hydrogen.
  • Terpenoids are terpenes that underwent denaturation via oxidation during the drying and curing of the cannabis flower. Terpenoids can also be chemically modified to mimic oxidation.


Terpenes get synthesized with cannabinoids like CBD and THC inside the cannabis plant’s trichomes. Although we have significant knowledge about the psychoactive effects of THC, research on other, less prevalent cannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids, and flavonoids is limited in scope and availability.

Here’s what we’ve discovered about terpene uses:

  • Like cannabinoids, terpenes act on our receptors and neurotransmitters.
  • Also like cannabinoids, terpenes tend to dissolve in lipids or fats.
  • Terpenes act as natural serotonin uptake inhibitors.
  • Terpenes enhance norepinephrine activity.
  • Terpenes decrease dopamine activity.
  • Terpenes augment GABA production, which is an amino acid that also serves as a neurotransmitter responsible for calming nervous brain activity.

Take a Moment to Discover Which Terpenes You Prefer

As one of the most popular Nevada dispensaries in Las Vegas, our staff is knowledgable about what terpenes and terpenoids deliver the best ReLeaf for you; stop by our marijuana dispensary Las Vegas or call to get your ReLeaf delivered today.


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