The most common of the cannabis terpenes.
Myrcene, which can also be found in mangoes, is the primary terpene found in cannabis plants. In fact, some plants can have up to 65 percent of their terpene profile made up by myrcene alone. The presence of myrcene often determines whether a specific strain can be considered an indica or sativa. Plants with more than 0.5 percent myrcene are said to be indica. Myrcene is responsible for giving marijuana its distinctive aroma. Myrcene has relaxing properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Believed to provide anxiety and stress relief.
The second most abundant terpene found in cannabis, limonene can also be found in various citrus fruits and is responsible for the citrusy smell. However, it may not be present in all cannabis strains. Limonene can also help to bust stress and enhance mood. Limonene has powerful anti fungal and antibacterial properties, and its great smell means that it is a common additive in household cleaning and cosmetic products.
Also found in lavender and believed to promote relaxation. If you’ve ever used lavender for its relaxant effects, then you’re familiar with the terpene linalool. Linalool is widely known for the stress-relieving, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressant effects. Linalool can help to balance out the anxious side effect sometimes produced by THC and this makes it an ideal terpene for the treatment of anxiety.
Also found in rosemary and many other herbs.
This terpene’s name says it all, really! Pinene is found most abundantly in the pine tree and is what gives pine needles its distinctive smell. Found in two varieties, alpha, which is responsible for that wonderful pine aroma, and beta, which has a scent like rosemary, dill, or parsley. Pinene is a strong bronchodilator, but also has strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects that have been used for centuries in herbal medicines.
May provide anti-inflammatory benefits
Decrease in appetite
While many other strains help to increase appetite, which is beneficial to those who have conditions which nausea and loss of appetite are a factor, strains that contain humulene may actually help to decrease appetite. Found in hops, cloves, and basil, humulene has also shown anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in research.
In cannabis, humulene is a fairly common terpene and is present in modest quantities in a variety of cannabis strains. It’s partially responsible for giving the plant its distinct spicy, herbaceous, and subtly floral bouquet of aromas.
Similar to both myrcene and pinene, humulene is a fundamental element in the overall aromatic profile of cannabis.
This terpene, which has a spicy, woody, peppery scent, is also found in black pepper and cinnamon. Studies indicate that this one small terpene is capable of performing the big job of treating anxiety, depression, and inflammation.
Uplifting and energetic effects
Commonly used in perfumes.
Ocimene is a terpene responsible for some of the sweet, earthy, and herbaceous flavors of certain cannabis strains, and it can also add citrusy and woody undertones. Ocimene is known to be more prevalent in sativa dominant strains, possibly playing a key role in the strain’s classification. Known as a decongestant, ocimene may contribute to the coughing fits that are often associated with using cannabis. Ocimene can produce an energetic effect, and shows to be a key contributor to the numerous medicinal benefits of cannabis.
Also occurs in apples, lilacs, Cumin, and nutmeg.
Terpinolen is found in only about 1 out of ten cannabis strains, and is usually found in small amounts, making this one of the least common terpenes. Terpinolene’s aroma is more multidimensional than some other cannabis terpenes. Linalool smells like flowers. Limonene smells like citrus. Pinene? It smells like—surprise!—pine. Terpinolene, though, carries an array of smells you might find in cannabis: It’s piney, floral, herbaceous, and even a little citrusy. Terpinolene is most commonly found in sativa-dominant strains and is known to have a very uplifting effect! Another thing to observe is that while terpinolene-dominant strains can be classified as indicas, sativas, or hybrids, nearly all are THC-dominant. In other words, there currently aren’t many high-CBD strains that have a ton of terpinolene.
Why are terpenes so important? Terpenes are the natural oils in cannabis that gives a strain its aroma. These terpenes work with THC and CBD to influence how you will feel, creating the entourage effect. The entourage effect simply means that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, and various terpenes are meant to work together to create the perfect storm for the best overall experience. No one compound is as efficient alone, as they are working together in the plant. For example, have you ever noticed how two similar strains can produce profoundly different effects? One may leave you with couch lock and the other may energize you? That’s another aspect of the entourage effect, which is driven by both cannabinoids and terpenes. .
With the cannabis plant having more than 200 terpenes, creating a wide range of aromas, flavors, and medical and physical effects, it is important to know which ones are contained in the flower you choose. By educating our consumers about the most common terpenes and their entourage effect we can help them choose flower based on the terpene profiles, helping tailor their high to the experience they are looking for, rather than simply choosing products based off of the highest THC%
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