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Surprising facts about the 8 terpenes in cannabis

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.

Terpenes in cannabis

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