Terpenes are organic compounds that produce specific smells and tastes. They are found in cannabis, essential oils, plants, trees, and foods.
In the cannabis plant the terpenes help ward off attacks from animals, insects, and fungus during the growth cycle of the plant. When a cannabis plant goes through the curation process, the terpenes become oxidized resulting in what we know are terpenoids. Terpenes contribute to the entourage effect and have their own healing properties.
The entourage effect suggests that utilizing cannabinoids and terpenes together produces more potent medicinal effects rather than using isolated compounds. The whole of the plant is greater than its individual parts.