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Terpenes

Terpenes

Terpenes offer incredible therapeutic benefits to humans. And lucky for us, cannabis contains a lot of them… what a bud!

 

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes, or terps, are responsible for the bright, citrusy notes of lemon. The sweet, floral aroma of roses. And the pungent, diesel sting of cannabis. They’re what give plants their smell. And they play a role in the color, flavor, and effects of cannabis.

 

Scroll through our terpene library for details on the top terps found in cannabis.

  • Found In: mint, rosemary, citronella, lavender
  • Flavor/Aroma: earthy, camphor, woody
  • Cannabis Strains: Golden Haze, Banana Kush, Ghost Train Haze
  • Characteristics/Effects: Natural insect repellent. Studies suggest sedative, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Found In: chamomile, Brazilian candela tree
  • Flavor/Aroma: fresh, floral, sweet, herbal
  • Cannabis Strains: Mandarin Dream, OG Kush, ACDC, Headband
  • Characteristics/Effects: Used in the cosmetic industry for years. Studies suggest it may act as an antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Found In: allspice, basil, cedar, pine, turpentine
  • Flavor/Aroma: sweet, citrus, musk
  • Cannabis Strains: Super Silver Haze, Lemon Haze, Skunk #1
  • Characteristics/Effects: Believed to promote memory retention and alertness. Studies suggest it may boost bone health and act as an anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Found In: basil, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, hops
  • Flavor/Aroma: spicy, pepper, musk
  • Cannabis Strains: Purple Punch, Girl Scout Cookies, Sour Diesel
  • Characteristics/Effects: Unique terpene that behaves like a cannabinoid by stimulating the CB2 receptor in the Endocannabinoid System. Rodent studies suggest it has pain-relieving properties.
  • Found In: eucalyptus, bay leaves, sage, tea tree
  • Flavor/Aroma: camphor, spicy, mint
  • Cannabis Strains: Thin Mint GSC, Mint Chocolate Chip, Bubba Kush, Super Silver Haze
  • Characteristics/Effects: Also called Eucalyptol. Studies suggest anti-anxiety, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects, including the potential to help with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Found In: green apples, sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, potato, gardenia
  • Flavor/Aroma: sweet, fruity, berry, spicy
  • Cannabis Strains: Cherry Punch, White Rhino, Dutch Treat Haze
  • Characteristics/Effects: Reported effects include sedation and relaxation. Studies suggest it may have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial effects.
  • Found In: rose, lemongrass, citronella
  • Flavor/Aroma: sweet, floral, citrus, fruity
  • Cannabis Strains: Strawberry Diesel, Tahoe OG, Afghani, Amnesia Haze
  • Characteristics/Effects: Used in the food and cosmetic industries. Studies suggest it may impart calming effects and may have neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Found In: guaiacum plant, weeping paperbark, cypress pine
  • Flavor/Aroma: piney, woody, floral
  • Cannabis Strains: ACDC, Plushberry, Fruit Loops, Chocolope
  • Characteristics/Effects: Natural insect repellent. Studies suggest anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It was used to treat syphilis and regulate menstruation in the 16th century.
  • Found In: hops, sage, ginseng, coriander
  • Flavor/Aroma: herbal, spicy, earthy, woody
  • Cannabis Strains: White Widow, Bubba Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Skywalker OG
  • Characteristics/Effects: Used in ancient Chinese medicine as an energy booster, natural antibiotic, and appetite suppressant. Studies suggest it may have anti-inflammatory and antitumor properties.
  • Found In: citrus fruit rinds, juniper, chamomile
  • Flavor/Aroma: citrus, turpentine
  • Cannabis Strains: Banana OG, Berry White, Do-Si-Dos
  • Characteristics/Effects: Can help the body better absorb other terpenes. Studies suggest it may offer mood-boosting, antifungal, and antitumor effects.
  • Found In: lavender, rose, birch bark
  • Flavor/Aroma: fresh, floral, sweet, citrus
  • Cannabis Strains: Scooby Snacks, OG Shark, Zkittlez, Lavender
  • Characteristics/Effects: Often used in aromatherapy as a mood booster. Rodent studies suggest anti-anxiety properties. Other studies suggest pain-relieving effects.
  • Found In: thyme, lemongrass, hops, mango, guava
  • Flavor/Aroma: fruity, earthy, musk, clove
  • Cannabis Strains: OG Kush, Blue Dream, 9 Pound Hammer, Grape Ape
  • Characteristics/Effects: Most common terpene in commercial cannabis. Rodent studies suggest it has sedative and muscle relaxant effects. Other studies suggest antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
  • Found In: jasmine, lemongrass, ginger, tea tree, lavender, neroli
  • Flavor/Aroma: woody, earthy, floral, citrus
  • Cannabis Strains: Sweet Skunk, Sour Kush, Royal Cookies, GG4
  • Characteristics/Effects: Rodent studies suggest anti-anxiety and sedative effects. Other research suggests antifungal, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties.
  • Found In: mint, parsley, basil, tarragon, lavender, orchids
  • Flavor/Aroma: herbal, woody, sweet, citrus
  • Cannabis Strains: Golden Goat, Strawberry Cough, Chernobyl, Space Queen
  • Characteristics/Effects: Studies suggest the potential for anticonvulsant, antifungal, and antitumor activity. Anecdotal evidence suggests decongestant and expectorant effects when inhaled.
  • Found In: green tea, green vegetables, lime
  • Flavor/Aroma: earthy, floral
  • Cannabis Strains: Cheese, Sour Diesel
  • Characteristics/Effects: Less aromatic than most terps. It’s produced from the degradation of chlorophyll. Potentially relaxing and sedative, with research suggesting anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects.

 

  • Found In: pine, orange rind, rosemary, dill, parsley
  • Flavor/Aroma: piney, earthy, woody
  • Cannabis Strains: Blue Dream, Cannatonic, Cotton Candy Kush, Grape Ape
  • Characteristics/Effects: Most common terpene in the natural world. Studies suggest anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain-relieving properties. May support focus and memory retention.

 

  • Found In: lilac, eucalyptus, pine, lime blossom
  • Flavor/Aroma: sweet, fruity, citrus
  • Cannabis Strains: Jack Herer, White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies, OG Kush
  • Characteristics/Effects: Studies suggest antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-seizure properties. Rodent studies show pain-relieving effects.
  • Found In: grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, mango, Valencia oranges
  • Flavor/Aroma: sweet, citrus, herbal, woody
  • Cannabis Strains: Agent Orange, Tangie, Clementine, Jillybean
  • Characteristics/Effects: Natural insect repellent. Studies suggest it may relieve allergies and act as an anti-inflammatory agent and skin protectant.