Learn About Terpenes

Terpenes, sometimes called terpenoids, are aromatic organic hydrocarbons contained in the cannabis plant, which give it its unique aroma.

In the most basic look at terpenes, they can be called the flavour compounds. This isn’t restricted to cannabis, terpenes are found in pretty much all plants, the difference with cannabis flower is the amazing ability to pack so many in one plant.

To date, there are over 100 identified terpenes in the cannabis flower with over 40 having purported effects on the flowers effects. Things get extra complex when you look at the entourage effect, whereby terpenes can change the reaction of other cannabinoids including THC, CBD and other terpenes!

5 Most Common Terpenes Found in Cannabis

What we can do is tell you about a few of the most common terpenes and have a look at their flavour profiles.


Scents: Musk, Earth, Ripe Fruit | Also Found in: Mango, Lemongrass, Hops, Thyme


Scents: Pine, Rosemary | Also Found in: Pines, Conifers, Rosemary, Sage


Scents: Lemon or Lime | Also Found in: Citrus Fruits, Juniper


Scents: Sweet Flowers, Citrus | Also Found in: Lavender and many flowers, mint and cinnamon


Scents: Peppery Spice, Wood | Also Found in: Black Pepper, Cloves, Balsam

As you can see, Terpenes may be a complicated subject, but as the Science gets better, it will improve for all of us.