Cannabis Terpene Facts

Cannabis smells, and with good reason: it’s loaded with terpenes, aromatic compounds that not only determine a particular strain’s smell and taste, but also contribute to its effects. These are the most common terpenes you see today.

 

Myrcene (MUR-seen)

The most common terpene in modern commercial cannabis. Believed to

Blue Dream
Blue Dream

promote calming effects.

Also Found In: Thyme, Mango, Lemongrass, and Hops

Aroma: Cardamom, Cloves, Musky, Earthy, Herbal

Potential Effects: Sedating, Relaxing

Potential Therapeutic Value: Antioxidant; treatment of insomnia, pain, and inflammation

Strains with Myrcene: Blue Dream, Granddaddy Purple, OG Kush, and Cherry Pie

 

Limonene (LIM-o-neen)

Believed to provide anxiety and stress relief.

wedding cake
Wedding Cake

Also Found In: Fruit Rinds, Rosemary, Juniper, and Peppermint

Aroma: Citrus

Potential Effects: Elevated Mood, Stress Relief

Potential Therapeutic Value: Treatment of anxiety, depression, inflammation, pain, and cancer

Strains with Limonene: Strawberry Banana, White Fire OG, Do-Si-Dos, Wedding Cake

 

Caryophyllene (carry-OFF-uh-leen)

GSC
GSC

The only terpene known to also act as a cannabinoid: it can activate our endocannabinoid system to provide anti-inflammatory effects.

Also Found In: Black Pepper, Cloves, and Cinnamon

Aroma: Pepper, Spicy, Woody, Cloves

Potential Effects: Stress Relief

Potential Therapeutic Value: Treatment of pain, anxiety/depression, and ulcers

Strains with Caryophyllene: GSC, Original Glue, Purple Punch

 

Terpinolene (ter-PIN-uh-leen)

About 1 in 10 strains is terpinolene-dominate. Believed to have uplifting effects.

jack herer
Jack Herer

Also Found In: Nutmeg, Tea Tree, Conifers, Apples, Cumin, and Lilacs

Aroma: Piney, Floral, and Herbal

Potential Effects: Upliftting

Potential Therapeutic Value: Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Anti-Cancer

Strains with Terpinolene: XJ-13, Ghost Train Haze, Chernoobyl, and Jack Herer

 

Pinene (PIE-neen)

Most common terpene in the natural world. It may be useful for pain,

snoops dream
Snoop’s Dream

inflammation, or anxiety.

Also Found In: Pine Needles, Rosemary, Basil, Parsley, and Dill

Aroma: Pine

Potential Effects: Alertness, Memory Retention, Counteracts Some THC Effects

Potential Therapeutic Value: Treatment of Asthma, Pain, Inflammation, Ulcers, Anxiety, Cancer

Strains with Pinene: Big Smooth, Snoop’s Dream, Critical Mass

 

Humulene (HYOO-my-leen)

gelato
Gelato

Herbal aroma. May provide anti-inflammatory effects

Also Found In: Hops, Corriander, Cloves, Basil

Aroma: Hops, Woody, and Earthy

Potential Therapeutic Value: Anti-Inflammatory

Strains with Humulene: Gelato, GSC, and Sherbert

 

Ocimene (OH-sih-meen)

A beautiful, sweet, earthy, citrusy aroma frequently used in perfumes.

clementine
Clementine

Also Found In: Mint, Parsley, Pepper, Basil, Mangoes, Orchids, and Kumquats

Aroma: Sweet, Herbal, and Woody

Potential Therapeutic Value: Antiviral, Anti-fungal, Antiseptic, Decongestant, and Antibacterial

Strains with Ocimene: Clementine, Dutch Treat, Amnesia

 

Linalool (LINN-un-lool)

Floral aroma. Believed to promote relaxation and calming effects.

do-si-dos
Do-Si-Dos

Also Found In: Lavender

Aroma: Floral

Potential Effects: Mood Enhancement, Sedation

Potential Therapeutic Value: Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Pain, Inflammation, and Neurodegenerative Disease

Strains with Linalool: Zkittlez, Do-Si-Dos, Kosher Kush

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