What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds in the essential oils of plants and flowers, and contribute to their flavor, scent and color. Terpenes are widely used as fragrances in perfumery, for medicinal purposes, and alternative medicines such as aromatherapy.

Cannabis Derived Terpenes

According to a September 2011 report by Dr. Ethan Russo in the British Journal of Pharmacology that discussed the wide-ranging therapeutic attributes of terpenoids, including several aromatic compounds that figure prominently in cannabis strains, including:

Alpha-Pinene (essential pine oil)

Pinene is the most common terpene in the plant world and is often found in cannabis. The terpene pinene is a bronchodilator and potentially helpful for asthmatics. In addition, Pinene also promotes alertness and memory retention by inhibiting the metabolic breakdown of acetylcholinesterase, a neurotransmitter in the brain that stimulates these cognitive effects.


Myrcene is another terpene present in numerous cannabis varietals and is a sedative, a muscle relaxant, a hypnotic, an analgesic (painkiller), and an anti-inflammatory compound.


The terpene Limonene is prominent in citrus and cannabis and can be used clinically to dissolve gallstones, improve mood, and relieve heartburn. Furthermore, Limonene has also been shown to destroy breast-cancer cells in lab experiments and is a powerful antimicrobial for killing pathogenic bacteria.

What Are Terpenes Used For In Cannabis Extracts

According to Dr. Russo, terpenes “display unique therapeutic effects that may contribute meaningfully to the entourage effects of cannabis-based medicinal extracts.”

In summary, the retention of terpenes is an important part of any hemp or cannabis extraction process, because it contributes to not only flavor and smell, but also its pharmacological effects.

How Precision Can Help With Terpene Extraction

Precision extraction equipment uses hydrocarbon solvents because it is the most effective method to commercially extract terpenes from cannabis plants. Hydrocarbon extraction is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved method of extracting botanical oils. Our extraction systems are certified in all regulated jurisdictions for safe and effective production of superior concentrates.

Precision extraction systems are 3A food processing compliant and manufactured with the end consumer in mind. All of our extraction equipment is built to the highest standards in the industry with sanitary food grade stainless steel. Insist on safe, quality oil and extracts…

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