What the Funk? Terpenes Take off in Labs, Drug Companies, and Dispensaries

Bay Area residents have yet another thing to be snobs about in 2012 as knowledge of “terpenes” — the building blocks that make up the unique smell of cannabis — begin to waft into the mainstream.

Drug companies are researching the therapeutic properties of these simple organic molecules, and at least two California medical cannabis labs have begun testing for their presence in dispensary weed. One lab in Davis even holds routine smelling classes.

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