Terpenes 101

Terpenes 101

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds found in cannabis and various other plants, contribute to the distinct scent and flavor of the plant. While not exclusive to cannabis, these natural compounds are abundant in flowers, trees, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and even microbes. They serve various purposes for plants, such as repelling pests or attracting pollinators.

The utilization of volatile plant terpenes in alternative medicine, such as aromatherapy, has demonstrated certain benefits, a phenomenon also observed with cannabis terpenes. Depending on the ratios of terpenes and cannabinoids, the overall experience can differ significantly.

For some cannabis enthusiasts, terpenes are considered the primary influencers in the effects of different cannabis strains. However, due to the ongoing federal illegality of cannabis, extensive research on terpenes and flavonoids is still pending. Nevertheless, seven major terpenes have been identified in cannabis: myrcene, limonene, pinene, linalool, beta-caryophyllene, ocimene, and terpinolene. Refer to our chart below for detailed information on each terpene and its potential benefits.

What Do They Do?

Terpenes are believed to shield plants from adverse weather conditions and predators. Both cannabis researchers and consumers employ terpenes as a means to categorize cannabis products and anticipate their effects. The prevailing hypothesis suggests that the terpene profile, along with cannabinoid content, collaborates to produce the effects associated with different strains. This may elucidate why two strains with identical THC levels can yield vastly different experiences.


View our guide about each cannabis terpene below!

bisabolol and borenol terpenes

camphene and caryophyllene information

carene and eucalyptol terpene information

terpene information on geraniol and humulene

terpene information on limonene and linalool

terpene information on myrcene and nerolidol

terpene information on ocimene and phytol

terpene information on pinene and terpinolene

terpene information on valencine


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