Lets talk about terpenes

Terpenes are responsible for flavours and aromas that are present in the cannabis plant. Terpenes are not unique to the cannabis plant and are found in many foods and other plant-derived products. 

Terpenes are also potentially able to contribute to other cannabinoid effects, such as: increase cerebral blood flow, enhance cortical activity and the ability to provide anti-inflammatory effects. Some of the main terpenes found in cannabis are:


Myrcene, or β-myrcene, is an alkene natural organic hydrocarbon. It is more precisely classified as a monoterpene. Monoterpenes are dimers of isoprenoid precursors, and myrcene is a significant component of the essential oil of several plants, including bay, cannabis, and hops.


Linalool refers to two enantiomers of a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in many flowers and spice plants. These have multiple commercial applications, the majority of which are based on its pleasant scent.


Limonene is a colorless liquid aliphatic hydrocarbon classified as a cyclic monoterpene, and is the major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. The D-isomer, occurring more commonly in nature as the fragrance of oranges, is a flavoring agent in food manufacturing.


α-Pinene is an organic compound of the terpene class, one of two isomers of pinene. It is an alkene and it contains a reactive four-membered ring. It is found in the oils of many species of many coniferous trees, notably the pine. It is also found in the essential oil of rosemary and Satureja myrtifolia.


Caryophyllene, more formally-β-caryophyllene, is a natural bicyclic sesquiterpene that is a constituent of many essential oils, especially clove oil, the oil from the stems and flowers of Syzygium aromaticum, the essential oil of Cannabis sativa, rosemary, and hops. 


Humulene is one of the components of the essential oil from the flowering cone of the hops plant, Humulus lupulus, from which it derives its name. The concentration of humulene varies among different varieties of the plant but can be up to 40% of the essential oil.


Terpinolene is a sedative terpene that, similarly to camphene, produces an acrid smoke when burned. However, cannabis patients can still benefit from its presence thanks to its ability to prevent the spread of cancer.