What Are Terpenes

Terpenes are hydrocarbons produced by a variety of plants, particular conifers; they are responsible for the aroma and flavor 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.

Infographic on terpenes

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. Mycene is found in lemongrass, eucalyptus, mango, hops and bay leaves.

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

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

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

CARYOPHYLLENE has a spicy, woodsy and peppery aroma and is found in basils, cloves and black pepper. It is used as an anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, relief of nausea and pain.

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

HUMENE has a woodsy, earthy spicy aroma and is found in hops. It is used 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 taste and effects of cannabis.


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