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With so many cannabis options to consider, there’s barely room in the brain for keeping tabs on terpenes. That’s why we’ve assembled this comprehensive guide to terpenes for you. Gain a quick understanding of which strains carry the terpene, its potential effects, expected aroma and taste, and other natural sources of the terpene.
Earthy and musky, terpene is prevalent in most all cannabis strains. Myrcene is known to enhance the THC uptake in the body. Found in mango, hops, thyme, and citrus fruits. Strains that contain 0.5% of the strain are typically indica, and full of sedative effects. Myrcene is useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain
Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, pain relief, sedative, muscle relaxant
Musky, herbal, earthy
Guava Jelly, Northern Lights, Triangle Kush, Black Mamba, Fire OG, Sour OG Cheese, Tangle, Grape Ape, Black Banana, Orangeade, Black Fire, Durban Dream, AC/DC, Prophet
Hops, lemongrass, basil, mango, thyme, ylang-ylang
Second most abundant terpene, though not all cannabis plants have it. Common in sativas, limonene has the unique ability to quicken the absorption of other terpenes into the body. Associated with elevated mood, and anti-stress. Also in citrus rinds, juniper, and mint.
Anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, antifungal, anti-bacterial, improves mood, relieves nausea
Modified Grapes, Papaya OG, Forum Cut Cookies, Pootie Tang, Purple Punch, Clementine, Orangeade, Slurricane, Peking Duck
Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, rosemary
Most common naturally occurring terpene. Main contributor to cannabis’ piney aroma. Found in conifer trees, rosemary, basil, parsley, and orange peels. Pinene helps improve the airflow and respira-tory functions, and helps reduce the memory loss related to excessive THC consumption.
Anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, boosts energy, improves focus
Pine, dill, woody
Jack Herer, Banana Hammock, OG Kush, Mob Boss, Modified Grapes, Clementine, EC Sour Diesel, Purple Afghan
Conifer tree, pine needle, parsley, basil
Floral scents, reminiscent of sharp and sweet wildflowers. Also in lavender, laurel, birch, and rosewood. Calming and sedative properties help with anxiety. Helps patients with arthritis, depression, seizures, insomnia, and cancer.
Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, pain relief, sedative, muscle relaxant
Pineapple Express, Headband, OG Kush, Guru, Banana Hammock, Canna-Tsu, Velvet Glove, Fire OG, Maul Wowie, London Pound Mints, Strawberry Cough, Orange Eruption
Lavender, Birchwood, Cinnamon, Mint, Rosewood, Sweet Basil
The only terpene proven to interact with the endocannabinoid system. Peppery, woody and spicy, also found in basil, oregano, pepper and cinnamon. Beta-caryophyllene binds to CB2 receptors, which makes it an ingredient in anti-inflammatory topicals and creams. Shows promise in treating alcohol withdrawal.
Anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti inflammatory, anti-convulsant, pain relief, muscle spasms, sedative
Peppery, spicy, earthy, woody, cloves
Chemhund, Guru, Fairy Godmother, White Chem, Pootie Tang, GG#4, Cherry Punch, Velvet Glove, Sour Jack, Orangeade, Strawberry Cough, Triangle Kush, Rudeboi OG, Ice Cream Cake
Black pepper, cinnamon, hops, clove, oregano, rosemary
Earthy scent. First terpene found in hops, also found in clove, sage, black pepper and coriander. Can be an appetite suppressant, offers anti-inflammatory abilities, relieves pain and fights bacterial infections.
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, pain relief, anti-suppressant, antifungal
Happy, woody, earthy, herbal
GG#4, Black Fire, Headband, OG Kush, EC Sour Diesel, White Chem, Banana Hammock, Florida I-95, Pineapple Express, 21K
Hops, tobacco, sage, ginseng, cilantro
Piney aroma with notes of herbs and wildflowers. Natural insect repellent. Exhibits an-ti-cancer and tranquilizing effects. Least common terpene. Also in rosemary, sage, and cypress.
Anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, sedative
Floral, lilac, lemon
Durban Dream, Lemon Margy, Jack Herrer, Lemon Lights, Zour Apples, Tangle, Colorado Durban, Chem Shiva
Nutmeg, tea tree, apple, lilac, sage