What Are Terpenes And Why Do They Matter?

We know the percentage, now let’s hear about the terps! 

Terpene Profile by Green Seal Cannabis Co.

When it comes to Cannabis, most people will only focus on cannabinoids and their benefits. It turns out that cannabinoids are not the only compounds present in cannabis. Like all plants, cannabis has terpenes, organic substances that give a plant its flavor and scent. If you love the taste and smell of a certain strain, you can thank terpenes for that. Even two plants grown in the same conditions might have different flavors and scents. That’s because terpenes are different in every strain. 


How Do Terpenes Work?

Terps! by Periodic Edibles

We often discuss the difference between CBD and THC, while terpenes fall to the wayside. It’s time we bring terpenes into the discussion because they interact with the human body as well and can even change the effects of cannabinoids. The way they do this is by exaggerating the effects of other compounds and even support them in delivering their benefits. This is known as the entourage effect. Essentially, it explains why cannabis substances work together to optimize the overall benefits. It’s ideal to find the best terpene to cannabinoid ratio possible for your desired effect. 


Different Types Of Terpenes And Their Effects 

Terpenes Flavors by North Island Gazette


Limonene is one of the substances that pinene forms. You will find it in citrus fruits, especially limes, lemons, and oranges. The human body reacts well to limonene, which is why it reaches the bloodstream quickly. Some studies indicate that it can reduce appetite and play a role in the weight loss process. It is worth noting that you might even find it in citrus-based cleaning solutions.

Cannabis strains with limonene include Banana OG, Berry White, Do-Si-Dos, MAC, Purple Hindu Kush, Strawberry Banana, Tahoe OG, Wedding Cake, and White Fire OG.


You will find caryophyllene in lavender, black pepper, and cinnamon leaves. Although its anti-cancer properties have never been proven, caryophyllene can boost the anti-inflammatory characteristics of cannabis. That is why this is one of the best terpenes cannabis consumers can choose. 

Cannabis strains with caryophyllene include GSC, Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel, Chemdog, Death Star, Original Glue, Gelato, The White, and Master Kush.

Other Types of Terpenes

Here are some other popular terpene types:

  • Linalool – the smell is soothing since it reminds of lavender and similar herbs. It has a relaxing effect and can help you to sleep better. Cannabis strains with linalool include Do-Si-Dos, Scooby Snacks, and Zkittlez.
  • Terpinolene – you will often find it in perfumes and soaps since it smells nice. It can reduce anxiety and help the user to relax. Cannabis strains with terpinolene include Jack Herer, Dutch Treat, Ghost Train Haze, Chernobyl, XJ-13, Clementine, and Golden Pineapple.
  • Camphene – it might assist in reducing cholesterol levels, and its odor reminds of fir needles and damp woodlands. Cannabis strains with camphine include ACDC, Ghost OG, Strawberry Banana, Banana Kush, OG Kush, and Mendocino Purps.
  • Humulene – this compound gives the beer that “hoppy” scent. According to some reports, it might have appetite-suppressing and anti-bacterial properties. Cannabis strains with humulene include Death Star, Headband, Thin Mint GSC, Original Glue, and Candyland.

You will find many different terpenes in cannabis, and it only depends on the preferred strain. If you want marijuana to be more effective, you should aim that the levels of cannabinoids and terpenes are balanced optimally.

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