Welcome to the complex world of 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, where by terpenes can change the reaction of other cannabinoids including THC, CBD and other terpenes!

In other words more ground than we can cover here.

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.

  • Myrcene
    Scents: Musk, Earth, Ripe Fruit | Also Found in: Mango, Lemongrass, Hops, Thyme
  • Pinene
    Scents: Pine, Rosemary | Also Found in: Pines, Conifers, Rosemary, Sage
  • Limonene
    Scents: Lemon or Lime | Also Found in: Citrus Fruits, Juniper
  • Linalool
    Scents: Sweet Flowers, Citrus | Also Found in: Lavender and many flowers, mint and cinnamon
  • Beta-Caryophyllene
    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.