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Cannabis Derived Terpenes vs. Plant Terpenes

Cannabis Derived Terpenes vs. Plant Terpenes at Restart CBD

Among all the cannabis strains, there are over 200 various terpenes, but actually  terpenes are found in all living plants, flowers and fruit. While cannabinoids are odorless and tasteless, it’s the terpenes that give each cannabis strain a unique smell and flavor profile, and this is also why you’ll find terpenes on the market sourced from both cannabis and non-cannabis plants.

The differences between Cannabis derived terpenes and non-Cannabis derived terpenes:

In the same way essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus are extracted from their respective plants, terpenes be extracted from the plants which make and house them.

There are two main categories of terpenes:

1. Cannabis derived terpenes (CDT): are extracted and sourced directly from the cannabis plant.
2. Non-cannabis derived terpenes (Plant terpenes): are extracted and sourced from others plants or created in a lab.

a) Synthetic terpenes: which are not sourced from actual plants and are instead created in a lab using chemical ingredients.
b) Natural/botanical terpenes: which are extracted from the actual plant or fruit material.

RESTART CBD products that include plant terpenes, are not synthetic.  We only use natural terpenes.


The Pros and Cons of using Cannabis Derived Terpenes:


  • The taste and experience is more pure to the cannabis plant.  
  • The flavors will be more represented of cannabis.
  • The entourage effects are often enhanced.


  • They may be illegal in some countries where cannabis is not allowed.
  • The cost to produce is very high.
  • They can’t always guarantee identical batches of product, because the plants  are not the same and the cannabis terpene profile according to the conditions received. 
  • Sometimes, they can be harsh and irritating when you vaporize them because they might  contain moisture or traces of water that naturally occur in the plants.

The Pros and Cons of using Plant Terpenes:


  • There are no known psychoactive effects, because they don’t contain any cannabinoids.
  • They cost less to extract.
  • Are just as effective as those derived from cannabis plants, because at the molecular level they are the same.
  • They can also bind to cannabinoid receptors.
  • The steam-distilling process is standardized and will obtain pure and high-quality terpenes, while ensuring identical batches over time.
  • They are legal almost everywhere in the world.


  • Although the terpenes are identical, the exact smell and taste will be slightly different, due to the absence of non-terpene elements.
  • They might have a stronger taste, due to its higher concentration than cannabis derived terpenes, which translates into a need for less quantity to get the same result.

Are terpenes legal?

Terpenes extracted from cannabis plants fall into the category of “marijuana.” Therefore, terpenes derived from cannabis are considered illegal in most countries.

However, terpenes derived from cannabis are legal in states with recreational marijuana (and some medical marijuana states).

The good news is that terpenes not derived from cannabis are legal in most countries since they do not come from cannabis, but from plants that are legal, such as herbs and fruits. 


The terpenes our farms and vendors use are extracted naturally from botanical sources and then isolated in labs to be able to faithfully reproduce the terpene profile of the most renowned cannabis strains with the maximum perfection.

The result is a pure and high quality aroma that offers many advantages:

  • It’s legal
  • and standardized
  • and effective as terpenes derived from cannabis are
  • and having to use less quantity given its purity.

We partner with great teams of aromatists, chemists, doctors and also experts in cannabinoids, terpenes and cannabis.

Our teams control the entire terpenes manufacturing process:

  • Selection of elite clones
  • Cultivation
  • Extraction of samples
  • Lab reproduction process
  • Production process

This allows us to offer terpene profiles 100% faithful to the original aromas. 


  • Our terpenes are extracted from humidity and reproduce aromas legally and in a standardized way for all uses.
  • At RESTART CBD we love cannabis, all it’s properties and the incredible aromatic profiles it offers, this is one of the reasons why we decided to offer Cannabis Derived Terpenes in our vape products as well as our Delta 8 infused hemp flower

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