Ever wonder where that distinct smell from cannabis comes from?
That unique aroma is all thanks to terpenes. Terpenes are the molecules that give you that distinct smell and taste of different fruits, vegetables, flowers and, of course, cannabis. They serve as mighty ecological warriors protecting plants from predators while attracting pollinators as well. It seems there are no limits to these clever compounds.
More recent research into cannabis (thank you legalisation!) has budded. We are now learning that it is not only the cannabinoids but also the terpene profile of certain cannabis strains that can determine the effects you may experience.
Top 8 Cannabis Terpenes
- Myrcene - Hops, Mango, Basil, Thyme, Parsley
Giving off a herbal aroma with hints of earth and spice, myrcene is the most common terpene found in cannabis. It is thought to produce a mellow, sedative high. Myrcene can be found in Granddaddy Purple, Durban Poison and Critical Mass strains.
- Caryophyllene - Clove, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Rosemary
Giving a spicy aroma and Fall vibes, caryophyllene is also known for its sedative effects. It is unique as a terpene as it interacts with the body just like cannabinoids via our endocannabinoid system. Caryophyllene can be found in Chemdawg, OG Kush and Rockstar strains.
- Pinene - Pine Trees, Dill, Parsley
This is a terpene ideal for anyone looking for creative inspiration with full body relaxation. With a woody aroma, pinene is also thought to aide in short term memory loss. Pinene can be found in Blue Dream, Romulan and Pineapple Express strains.
- Ocimene - Mango, Mint, Celery Leaf
Sweet, herbaceous, and citrusy, ocimene is thought to provide uplifting, euphoric effects and can also be helpful during flu season. Ocimene can be found in Golden Goat, Strawberry Cough and Space Queen strains.
- Humulene - Black pepper, Hops, Ginseng
Earthy, woody, and a little hoppy, humulene is very similar to caryophyllene giving a mellow, “Netflix and Chill” effect. Don't worry about the munchies as this terpene is known to be an appetite suppressant. Humulene can be found in GSC, Pink Kush and Skywalker OG strains.
- Terpinolene - Apples, Cumin, Nutmeg
A little piney, a little floral and even a little citrusy. Thought to be energising and uplifting, terpinolene can be found in strains such as Ghost Train Haze or Jack Herer.
- Linalool - Lavender, Roses, Laurels
Mainly found in lavender, linalool is thought to produce calming effects. Think 60s peace and love vibe with this beauty. Linalool can be found in Amnesia Haze, OG Shark and LA Confidential strains.
- Limonene - Lemon, Lime, Orange
Giving off strong citrus aromas, limonene is thought to produce a cerebral, uplifting and euphoric experience. Limonene can be found in Durban Poison, Jack Herer, Sour Diesel and Super Lemon Haze strains.
Researched and Written by Laura Glatt
Manager, One Plant Kensington Market