Sesquiterpenes are a class of aromatic compounds found in cannabis and various other plants. They are characterized by their unique chemical structure, which consists of three isoprene units. Sesquiterpenes contribute to the distinctive aroma and flavor profiles of different cannabis strains. Moreover, they are believed to have therapeutic properties and potential health benefits. Research suggests that sesquiterpenes may exhibit anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-anxiety effects. Some common sesquiterpenes found in cannabis include beta-caryophyllene, humulene, and guaiol. These compounds not only contribute to the overall sensory experience of consuming cannabis but also play a role in the entourage effect, enhancing the potential synergistic effects of other cannabinoids and terpenes present in the plant.
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