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.
The most common terpene in modern commercial cannabis. Believed to
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
Believed to provide anxiety and stress relief.
Also Found In: Fruit Rinds, Rosemary, Juniper, and Peppermint
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
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
About 1 in 10 strains is terpinolene-dominate. Believed to have uplifting effects.
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
Most common terpene in the natural world. It may be useful for pain,
inflammation, or anxiety.
Also Found In: Pine Needles, Rosemary, Basil, Parsley, and Dill
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
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
A beautiful, sweet, earthy, citrusy aroma frequently used in perfumes.
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
Floral aroma. Believed to promote relaxation and calming effects.
Also Found In: Lavender
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