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This is a very common discussion that is easily settled as terpenes from all sources have obvious benefits dependent on preference and application. Below we have listed our personal and collective findings of the pros and cons of each.
Cannabis derived terpenes, in the eyes of many are the pinnacle of essential oils. Pure and easily handled, these are primarily used for inhalation.
Non-cannabis derived terpenes, cost effective potent ingredients suited for creating therapeutic products and amplifying the effects of others.
ALL True Terpenes = Non-cannabis Derived
- Directly derived from the plant so they mimic the scent and taste exactly
- The effects of the plant directly translate because the concentration and ratio are identical to the flower material it was extracted from
- This does not necessarily mean it is better or more therapeutic – Just that we are used to interacting with these profiles.
- Easy to use because they are so similar to cannabis
- Steam distilled from from plants for the highest purity
- Cost effective
- Naturally extracted from all legal plants – shipments are never intercepted.
- Consistent batches
- R&D can be done at a much lower expense.
- Due to lack of standardization – cannabis derived can contain moisture (water) which can be irritating or harsh when vaporized and allow for the growth of bacteria.
- Cannabis derived terpenes are much more expensive (10-20x); this is not without reason. The small amount of terpenes available in each batch from cannabis makes collecting them a very time consuming and expensive process.
- Each batch will be different due to a variance in batches of source material
- Wastes a LOT of money if spilled
- Stronger flavor
- Require knowledge to inhale without being premixed
- Don’t always capture the full scent of cannabis