A terpene is an organic scent molecule, which can be found all through nature. In essence, terpenes are what cause things to give off a certain scent. This can be seen in all things from flowers, spices, fruit and trees.
Terpenes can have many therapeutic properties and are the foundation of all aromatherapy. When ingested, applied to the skin or inhaled, these fragrant oils not only smell nice, but can also affect the way we feel.
While it can be easy to compare terpenes and essential oils, they are not the same. Essential oils are known to provide a wide range of benefits, and they smell nice because they consist of natural, fragrant terpenes, whereas pure terpenes are the isolated scent molecules derived from the essential oil of the plant.
The primary active ingredient are terpenes within the essential oil. These are the same exact terpenes that are found not only in the cannabis plant but also in other medicinal plants.
Terpenes are a purified essential oil, containing only the most active components.