Introduction to Terpenes
Terpenes are natural compounds produced by the resin glands of cannabis. They’re basically in the sticky and fuzzy part of the flower, which as we all know is basically the best part of the plant.
Each terpene is unique with its own flavor and effects. Think of them like ingredients to a recipe. A strain’s overall flavor and feeling will be thanks to the unique combination of terpenes at work.
Terpenes are present in all cannabis flower, and full-spectrum cannabis waxes and oils. These compounds offer a lot of the healing benefits involved with medicating with cannabis. THC oil itself may have no terpenes, or a very little percentage of them, so it may offer less healing benefits and complex high than an oil with THC, CBD, terpenes, etc.
Although there are over 100 different terpenes found in cannabis, let’s meet 5 of the most popular terps found in most of today’s strains.
This is the most popular terpene in cannabis in part due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It gives an earthy aroma and flavor, and is also found in hops, which gives certain beers that same spicy, balsam flavor. Myrcene is actually present in sativas, indicas and hybrids—another reason it’s the most common across strains.
Strains featuring myrcene: Blue Dream, OG Kush
This beautiful terpene emits aromatic floral notes, like lavender and other spicy herbs. Linalool is found in higher percentages in indica strains, so it is thought to aid in relaxation and sleep.
Strains featuring linalool: Zkittlez, Do Si Dos
You can probably guess that the standout note in this terpene is citrus based on the name alone. All your lemon and citrus strains will include limonene. It is said to produce mood-boosting effects, helping you focus and stay upbeat. Limonene also has strong antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects. Without a doubt, this second most popular terpene is a fresh and bright superstar healer.
Strains featuring limonene: Super Lemon Haze, Wedding Cake
Pinene is another accurately named terpene since it smells and tastes of pine trees. Besides cannabis, this terpene is also found in rosemary, basil, parsley and orange peels, so any strains displaying these notes probably have pinene, too! This is another strain that can help release your mind from racing thoughts, helping you to focus and relax.
Strains featuring pinene: Harlequin, Jack Herer
Caryophyllene exhibits a flavor profile of black pepper and cinnamon. It’s similar to myrcene in it’s earthy muskiness, but is a little bit warmer and sweeter. It’s an anti-inflammatory, mood-boosting terpene that is unique in that it binds to our CB2 receptors, unlike other terpenes. This means that, like CBD, it offers benefits without having any psychoactive effects.
Strains featuring caryophyllene: Sour Diesel, Chemdog
Now that you know the importance of terpenes, check out some full-spectrum waxes, oils and flowers! You don’t want to miss out on the added benefits these babies provide.