• March 3, 2021
  • Cannabis
  • by Kathy Rasmussens

    Terpenes are fragrant oils found in plants that produce unique flavours and aromas. Terpenes are responsible for the different flavour notes of cannabis. The tastes and smells of the terpenes in cannabis have a diverse range of aromas. Strains can produce a terpene profile that is earthy, woodsy, herbal, spicy, sweet, diesel, or cheesy.

    Terpenes seem to work together to alter, or temper the effects of other terpenes as well as cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. This is known as the entourage effect. More research is needed to understand each terpene’s effect when used in harmony with the other components, but it is clear that it’s not just about making cannabis smell good.

    Through learning about terpenes and their smell and taste, you’ll be more informed, making it easier for you to discover the cannabis strains you’ll enjoy.

    Terpene oils are secreted in the flower’s sticky resin glands called trichomes and they also appear in many other herbs, fruits, and plants.

    Many people choose their strains because of the distinct citrus, berry, mint, or pine flavours and smells. Each terpene, like each strain, has subtle differences in effects. The individual scent of a strain will be based on the amount and type of terpenes present and which ones are dominant.

    Each terpene can have multiple aroma profiles. Also, terpene levels can vary from crop to crop, which can lead to inconsistencies in the scents within the same strain.

    The most common terpene flavours that in cannabis strains are linalool, myrcene, limonene, pinene, caryophyllene, terpinolene, eucalyptol, and humulene.

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    Common Terpenes Found in Cannabis


    • Found in: Pine trees, basil, weed, rosemary, citrus
    • Aroma: Pine
    • Effects: Create, Focus

    Consider a pinene-dominant strain to boost mental clarity and increase your alertness and focus.

    High Pinene Terpene Strains

    • Harlequin
    • Blue Dream
    • Jack Herer
    • OG Kush


    • Found in: Lavender, Mint and Cinnamon.
    • Aroma: Floral, spicy, woody
    • Effects: Calm, Soothe

    Linalool is most known for being the dominant component of lavender. Some scientific studies have shown that inhaling lavender oil can have a calming effect on people, however it is unknown if cannabis strains with linalool have the same effect.

    Linalool is used as a natural insect-repellent; studies have shown that it effectively wards off fruit flies, houseflies and even mosquitoes.

    High Linalool Strains

    • Afghan Kush (Indica)
    • Cold Creek Kush (Sativa)
    • Pink Kush
    • Tangerine Dream


    • Found in: Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, juniper
    • Aroma: citrus
    • Effects: Lift, Boost
    Limonene, or D-limonene, is the second most common terpene in nature and is found in many cannabis strains.

    There have been no scientific studies that link consuming limonene-dominant cannabis strains to a specific effect, however you can use a strain’s terpene profile to choose your favourite aroma or taste.

    High Limonene Strains

    • Jean Guy
    • Pink Kush
    • Sour Diesel
    • Citrus Punch
    • White Widow


    • Found in: Hops (beer), bay, thyme, mango, and lemongrass,cloves
    • Aroma: Spicy and peppery, musky, eartthy
    • Effects: Rest, Regulate

    Myrcene is the most common terpene found in almost all cannabis strains. Myrcene gets its name from the Brazillian shrub Myrcia sphaerocarpa, which was used as an ancient herbal remedy.

    When myrcene is the dominant terpene, people have reported a calming sensation, but those effects may change based on the make up of the whole plant and the amount of myrcene present.

    High-Myrcene Terpene Strains

    • Granddaddy Purple
    • Tangerine Dream
    • OG Kush
    • Blue Dream
    • Pink Kush


    • Found in: Cannabis, hops, cloves, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon
    • Aroma: Spicy, musky, peppery
    • Effects: Ease, Relief

    Best known for its spicy and peppery note, caryophyllene is also found in black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and spices like oregano, basil, and rosemary.

    High caryophyllene Strains:

    • OG Kush
    • White Widow
    • Rockstar
    • Blueberry Seagal
    • Sensi Star


    Found in: Citronella, ginger, jasmine, lavender and tea tree, lemongrass
    Aroma: Woody, fruity
    Effects: Calm

    Nerolidol is the primary scent compound of a species of orchid native to Mexico.

    Nerolidol has a scent of fresh bark that is sometimes described as woody or fruity and that may resemble apple, citrus, or rose. Nerolidol is produced by many plants in addition to cannabis.

    High Nerolidol Strains:

    • Jack Herer
    • Blue Dream
    • Jack Haze

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