Top Cannabis Terpenes
There are more than 400 known terpenes found in cannabis, but a few of them are usually found in higher concentrations than others. Terpenes are the reason why your cannabis smells the way it does. if you have a lemony smelling bud, chances are it’s higher in Limonene terpenes. Let’s explore the top cannabis terpenes found in your marijuana.
Myrcene is one of the most commonly found terpenes in cannabis. This terpene can also be found in some fruits, thyme, & hops. Its aroma can be described as herby, musky, and earthy. Myrcene can produce very relaxing & sedative effects and is the main compound responsible for the “indica” effects with many Indica dominant strains.
Linalool is the much-loved terpene that produces the “lavender” scent. Linalool can also be found in rosewood & sage. You can find this amazing terpene in strains such as Granddaddy Purple, Do Si Dos, & Kosher Kush. Strains with concentrated levels of Linalool usually produce a relaxed body-high.
Caryophyllene is an intricate terpene generally found in herbs & spices. Typically you can find B-caryophyllene in black pepper, cloves, and cotton plants. The crisp aroma can be found in bubba kush, death star, & many more. As far as we know, B-caryophyllene is the only known terpene that directly activates the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system.
Limonene is most commonly found in fruit, especially citrus fruits such as lemon, limes, and grapefruit. You can also find Limonene ibn herbs such as rosemary and peppermint. The aroma is strongly citrusy, sweet, and tart. Often times Limonene typically produces euphoric effects and promotes focus.
Eucalyptol is a powerful terpene found in herbs, ginger, bay, and of course, you guessed it, eucalyptus. The scent is known as refreshing, sweet, and minty. Eucalyptol can produce uplifting and energizing effects. Strains with generally high concentrations of Eucalyptol are Girl Scout Cookies, Super Silver Haze, & London Pound Cake.
a-Pinene is a well-known terpene known for the pine smell in cannabis. The scent of a-Pinene can be refreshing, earthy, and woodsy. It is also believed that Pinene enhances alertness and calms nervous jitters. Strains such as Blue Dream, Strawberry Cough, & many others generally contain high levels of Pinene.
Terpinolene is not as concentrated in cannabis as other terpenes, yet its effects can be pronounced even at limited levels. This terpene can be naturally found in apples, nutmeg, and tea tree oil. Generally, terpinolene has a floral and herby aroma and is synergistic with other cannabis compounds.