The most common terpenes

September 30, 2021

The 5 Common Terpenes

Cannabis aromas have the potential to soothe the mind and body. Whether it’s the fruit-forward taste of Citrus Kush or the skunky smell of Sour Diesel, we know there’s something going on under their flavorful bouquets.

So, what in the heck are cannabis terpenes?

Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes are aromatic oils that colour cannabis varieties with distinctive flavours like citrus, berry, mint, and pine.

Terpenes play a key role in differentiating the aroma and effects of various cannabis strains. Some terpenes might promote relaxation and stress relief, while others potentially promote focus and acuity.

Myrcene, for example, is found in many soothing cannabis strains like Blue Dream and Granddaddy Purple. Terpinolene is commonly found in exhilarating, active strains like Jack Herer and Ghost Train Haze.

The effect profile of any given terpene may change in the presence of other compounds in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect (which we’ll get to in another blog).