Cannabis Terpenes Explained

Cannabis Terpenes Explained

Cannabis Terpenes Guide

Not a lot of people know what terpenes are or that they even exist, but as the legal cannabis industry continues to grow, science and technology are allowing us to better understand marijuana and everything that is in it. Different therapeutic compounds make give different strains their unique aroma. Terpenes are fragrant oils that are what give marijuana its distinct smell, its what makes Sour Diesel smell like gas, Lavender smell like a bouquet of flowers and what makes Gurl Scout Cookies smell like their fresh out of the oven. Terpene oils are found in marijuana plant resin gland which is where other cannabinoids are also produced, such as THC and CBD. However, terpenes are not exclusive to marijuana only, they can be

Cannabis Terpenes Guide

found in a lot of other plants and fruits as well.

Terpenes are similar to cannabinoids in the aspect that they both bind themselves to receptors within the brain and cause various effects to rise. Below is a list of some common cannabis terpenes and few strains that are known to carry a high content levels of each of the specific terpen.

Terpenes and the strains their found in

Terpene: Myrcene

Boiling Point: 334°F (168°C)

Aromas: Musk, Herbal, Cloves, Citrus

Effects: Sedating, Relaxing, Encnances THC’s Psychoactivity

Also Found in: Bay Leaves, Citrus, Lemongrass, Thyme, Mango

Medical Benefits: Antiseptic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-fungal, Inflammation

Strains With High Content: Blue Dream, Green Crack, Alien OG, Granddaddy Purple, Northern Lights

Terpene: Caryophyllene

Boiling Point: 320°F (160°C)

Aromas: Pepper, Wood, Spice

Effects: No Detectable Physical Effects

Also Found In: Hops, Pepper, Basil, Cloves, Oregano

Medical Benefits: Antioxidant, Inflammation, Muscle Spasms, Pain, Insomnia

Strains With High Content: Gurl Scout Cookies, White Widow, OG Kush, Bubba Kush, Chemdog 

Terpene: Linalool

Boiling Point: 388°F (198°C)

Aromas: Floral, Citrus, Spice

Effects: Sedating, Calming

Also Found In: Laurel, Lavender, Citrus, Birch, Rosewood

Medical Benefits: Stress, Depression, Insomnia, Pain, Anxiety, Convulsions

Strains With High Content: Skywalker OG, Lavender, Headband, Ingrid, Pink Kush

Terpene: Pinene

Boiling Point: 311°F (155°C)

Aromas: Sweet, Sharp, Pine

Effects: Alertness, Memory Retention

Also Found in: Pine Needles, Conifers, Sage

Medical Benefits: Inflammation, Asthma

Strains With High Content: Jack Herer, Dutch Treat, Romulan, Blue Dream, OG Kush

Terpene: Humulene

Boiling Point: 388°F (198°C)

Aromas: Woody Earthy

Effects: Suppressed Appetite

Also Found in: Hops, Coriander

Medical Benefits: Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Pain

Strains With High Content: Gurl Scout Cookies, White Widow, OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Headband

Terpene: Limonene

Boiling Point: 349°F (176°C)

Aromas: Lemon, Orange, Citrus

Effects: Elevated Mood, Stress Relief

Also Found in: Citrus Rinds, Juniper, Peppermint

Medical Benefits: Anti-Depression, Anti-Anxiety, Gastric Reflux, Anti-Fungal

Strains With High Content: OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Super Lemon Haze, Trainwreck, Bubba Kush

Different harvest and growing techniques, terpene levels may vary from harvest to harvest so unless you have access to a lab to test each individual harvest your best bet is to let your nose be the guide and use this guide to help you determine which and how much terpenes are in your personal stash. Also look for our next article on how to become a dab connoisseur by using low temp enails and pens.

Cannabis Terpenes Guide


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