What Are Terpenes

Terpenes are hydrocarbons founds in a variety of plants, particularly conifers; they are responsible for the aroma and flavour of cannabis and are the essential oils found in all plants. They can have a very powerful effect on our moods. Here is a list of several common terpenes and their benefits.




MYRCENE is one of the most abundant in cannabis and has a musky, herbal and citrusy aroma. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, sedative, muscle relaxant and pain reliever. Myrcene is in lemongrass, eucalyptus, mango, hops and bay leaves.

A-PINENE has a woodsy aroma and has been around the world for thousands of years. It works as an anti-inflammatory, relief for asthma, and an energy booster. It is in orange peels, turpentine, pine trees, and conifer trees.

LINALOOL has a floral and citrusy aroma and is in lavender. Its benefits include anti-inflammatory, pain relief, sleep aid, relief from anxiety and psychosis.

CITRONELLOL has a heavy, fruity aroma and works as a moth and mosquito repellent. Its benefits include anti-biological and anti-inflammatory properties, and regulating the immune system. It is in roses, geranium, and citrus.

CARYOPHYLLENE has a spicy, woodsy and peppery aroma and is in basils, cloves, and black pepper. Its benefits include an anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, relief of nausea, and pain.

LIMONENE has a strong citrusy aroma and has a bitter taste. It is a common additive in cleaning supplies and in cosmetics. It works for gastric reflux, toenail fungus, anxiety, and depression. It is in lemons and other citrus rinds.

HUMULENE has a woodsy, earthy spicy aroma and is in hops. It works as an anti-inflammatory, for pain relief, appetite suppressant, and inhibiting the growth of tumours.

As you can see, there are many benefits to terpenes. Many companies and organizations are using terpenes in their marketing of cannabis products to differentiate the taste and effects of cannabis.

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