The scent of any plant whether fruit or vegetable are caused by evaporating particles known as “Terpenes”.
Terpenes are known as the “essential oil” or “essence” of any plant, and are “aromatic” compounds. Aroma meaning smell are for their tendency to evaporate at room temperature and give the fruit or vegetable its unique scent. So when you smell an orange or Lavander, you are smelling the Terpenes that are evaporating off the plant. As it turns out, these Terpenes are also very beneficial to the body and provide an incredible amount of medicinal effects, and since the dawn of time smelling they were the only way our ancestors determined whether something was edible or not!
Here are some of the Terpenes found in every day fruits and Vegetables.
Without The consumption of these Terpenes our body wouldn’t have the building blocks it needs to support a newly discovered system known as “The Endocannabinoid System”. By discovering this system we now have extensive scientific proof that having plant based foods in our diet is extremely vital because of its major roll in maintaing a health.
Unfortunately, with the invention of GMOs and industrialization, foods are traveling far too long before they get onto our plates, and if you recall terpenes are “aromatic”, therefore mostly evaporated by then. Additionally, Foods that are genetically modified smell and taste completely different than a real organic fruit and vegetables. This is because a genetically modified fruit lacks the terpenes that a real fruit should have, so they are no longer evaporating in your mouth and giving you the good taste a real fruit should. You can try eating a real mango versus a genetically modified mango that has a longer shelf life and feel the lack of terpenes in it.
The endocannabinoid system is Involved in a plethora of different bodily functions. The nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system and all others are now being discovered to be regulated by the endocannabinoid system. For this reason, research is now understanding the medical benefit of cannabis, as it contains a full spectrum of these terpenes and phyto-cannabinoids for maintaining a healthy endocannabinoid system.