“Terps, terps, everywhere; in the stain on wooded stair, in the shampoo in your hair; in the magic of your bong, in the trichomes, thick and strong
Smell them here and taste them there, terps, terps, everywhere…”


Understanding Terpenes and Synergy in Cannabis

by Russ Hudson

edited by Jacqueline Graddon, MBA

The Big Book of Terps is the world’s largest resource on terpenes and flavonoids in cannabis, with more than 420 pages, over 1,350 citations, 150,000+ words, 51 Quizzes and Answer Key, 1 Final Exam and Answer Key,  and 60+ custom graphs, gifs (available online), charts, and other images.   This significant work includes information not previously known to the cannabis industry, as well as several discoveries not previously reported in scientific literature.  Written by cannabis researcher and consultant Russ Hudson, with images by  Gloria Fuentes, PhD (Molecular Biology), The Big Book of Terps required more than 4 years of intensive research to compile and dissect and features commentary by top cannabinoid and terpene researchers including Raphael Mechoulam, Ethan Russo, Susan Trapp, and Mitch Earleywine, as well as contributions by Ed Rosenthal, and Professor Rob Mejia.

The Big Book of Terps includes detailed information about the top 43 terpenes found in cannabis, with a primary focus on evidence for synergy between these compounds and cannabinoids, which are a class of terpenes called diterpenes.  Content includes:

  • 43 Chapters on Individual Terpenes & Terpenoids
  • Terpenes 101
  • Cannabinoids 101
  • Synergy in Cannabis
  • Cannabis Breeding, Cultivation, & Processing for Phytochemical Manipulation
  • Terp Tsars – Biographies of Leading Scientists in Terpenes & Flavonoids.
  • Foreword by Mitch Earleywine, PhD
  • Why Terpenes Matter, by Ed Rosenthal
  • A Note on Cannabis Education, by Prof. Rob Mejia
  • 1,350 Full, In-Page Citations for Immediate Review
  • 60+ molecule images, and more
  • 51 Quizzes with Answer Key
  • 1 Final Exam with Answer Key
  • Commentary from the world’s leading terpene scientists including Mechoulam, Russo, and Trapp.
  • Cited data points
  • Surprise artwork by FatNugs Magazine on page 420!

For more information about The Big Book of Terps, email info@thebigbookofterps.com.

Terpenes and Flavonoids: What Are the Differences?

The following are 4 primary differences between terpenes and flavonoids. This information is derived from Edition 2 of The Big Book of Terps.

Terpenes Versus Aspergillus Species

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The Big Meme of Terpenes

This one terpene meme has it all: Anticancer Terpenes, Allelopathic Terpenes, Insecticidal Terpenes, Insects that Produce or Use Terpenes, Neurological Terpenes, Boiling Points, Flash Points, and a Terpene Classes Chart. These images are developed from The Big Book of Terps and #TerpTalk.

7 Ways to Manipulate Cannabis Terpene Content

There are 7 primary ways to manipulate the terpene content of cannabis. These methods involve manipulation of terpene content prior to drying and curing, whereafter only preservation is possible. These brief descriptions are based on a supplemental chapter in The Big Book of Terps titled “Manipulating Cannabis for Phytochemical Content,” which begins at page 556.

Cannabinoids in Plants Other than Cannabis

This video discusses non-cannabis plants that produce cannabinoids. Nearly all of the classic and lesser cannabinoids are known to occur in other plants, with the exception of THC. Plants use cannabinoids – which belong to several different classes of terpenes – for a variety of different purposes. Russ Hudson discusses and reads directly from the […]

Allelopathic Terpenes and Terpenoids

Allelopathic terpenes are those produced by a plant that affect the germination, growth, propagation, and survival of cohabitant plants. In effect, these are the terpenes of plant chemical warfare. Terpenes and terpenoids have been shown to act as allelopathic agents in many different plants, and in some cases these isoprenoid compounds can affect plants of […]