What are terpenes in cannabis?
Terpenes are the aromatic chemical compounds found in food and plants responsible for providing flavor and scent. There’s a common misconception that flower being indica, sativa, or hybrid solely determines its effect. Terpenes are one of the main ways to differentiate strains from each other because they play a part in their medicinal and therapeutic properties. Terpenes bring out different properties depending on their genetic makeup, such as reducing stress or promoting focus.
Types of Terpenes
Myrcene- Most commonly found terpene in cannabis, myrcene is known for its great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Scent: Citrus, zesty, fruity
Myrcene is found in: basil, mangos, hops and lemongrass
Strains containing myrcene: OG Kush, Jillybean, Blue Dream, Purple Urkle, Grape Ape, Granddaddy Purple
Pinene- Another common terpene in cannabis, pinene is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antimicrobial properties.
Scent: earthy, zesty, pine
Pinene is found in: pine, juniper, dill, basil, orange peels
Strains containing pinene: Blue Dream, Grape Ape, Harlequin, Cotton Candy Kush
Caryophyllene- known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. It is also known to help relieve anxiety and pain.
Scent: spicy, zesty, peppery
Caryophyllene is found in: black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, oregano
Strains containing caryophyllene: GSC, Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel, Chemdog, Candyland, Death Star
Limonene- known for its anti stress and anxiety properties makes it a popular terpene in cannabis.
Scent: Citrus, zesty, fruity
Limonene is found in: black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, oregano
Strains Containing limonene: Banana OG, Do-Si-Dos, MAC, Strawberry Banana, Tahoe OG, Wedding Cake
Terpinolene- known for its sedative, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
Scent: woody, pine, nutty Terpinolene is found in: lilac, nutmeg, cumin, tea tree Strains Containing terpinolene: XJ-13, Jack Herer, Train Wreck, and Durban Poison
Bisabolol- known for its anti inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties
Scent: floral, nutty, fruity Bisabolol is found in: chamomile Strains Containing Bisabolol: Harle-Tsu, Headband, OG Shark, Oracle, and Pink Kush
Humulene- terpene known for its anti inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties
Scent: woody, spicy Humulene is found in: beer hops, ginseng, basil, ginger Strains Containing Humulene: Candyland, Death Star, Girl Scout Cookies, Super Sour Diesel, White Widow
Linalool- known for its anti inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties
Scent: floral, lavender, spicy Linalool is found in: lavender Strains Containing Linalool: Do-Si-Dos, Scooby Snacks, Zkittlez
Terpenes and shopping for flower
When shopping for your next strain, keep in mind what you’re wanting to get out of your flower. Consider all the different terpenes in cannabis and their properties, and ask one of our expert budtenders what strain would best suit your needs.