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What are Terpenes?

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What are Terpenes?

Have you ever wondered why the different medical marijuana strains you use have different tastes and scents? Why does your daytime sativa smell like lemons? Why does your nighttime indica taste like blueberries?

The answer lies in the fragrant oils that reside inside cannabis flowers; terpenes. You might not know it, but you’ve likely dealt with terpenes before. If you’ve ever cut open a fresh lemon and smelled the bright, citrusy oils—congratulations, you’ve discovered Limonene. Ever used lavender to place yourself in a calm state of mind? That’s Linalool.

Alongside CBD and THC, Terpenes are believed to have their own medical benefits. You could try seven different strains with the same percentages of CBD and THC and you’d likely get seven different medical outcomes. Terpenes, while only compromising a small fraction of cannabis’ chemical makeup, can change the effect of the strain.

Listed below are some common terpenes:

Limonene is found in lemons
  • Limonene

Limonene smells citrusy and, well, lemony. Found in strains such as Lemon Skunk, OG Kush, and Sour Diesel, Limonene has caught the attention of medical researchers for its anti-carcinogenic properties. Evidence also suggests that Limonene can help with depression and can even help elevate a person’s mood.

Myrcene is found in Mangoes
  • Myrcene

Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. You can find myrcene in fragrant fruits, herbs, and other plants such as mangos, hops, basil, bay leaves, and thyme. Evidence suggests that myrcene can act as an anti-inflammatory and for pain relief. You can find Myrcene in White Widow, Pure Kush, and Himalayan Gold.

Linalool is found in Lavender
Lavender has been used as a calming scent for years
  • Linalool

Linalool is found in lavender and coriander. Floral in its composition, evidence shows that Linalool can help with anxiety, depression, and inflammation. You can find Linalool in LA Confidential, Lavender, and Master Kush.

Delta-3 Carene is found in Bell Peppers
  • Delta-3 Carene

Delta-3 Carene is another very common terpene that can be effective as an anti-inflammatory agent. Delta-3 Carene can be found in bell peppers, rosemary, and basil. Suggested for those with arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, or other inflammatory issues, strains with Delta-3 Carene include Skunk #1, Super Lemon Haze, Arjan’s Ultra Haze, and Super Silver Haze.

Pinene is found in Pine Trees
  • Pinene

Does your medical strain remind you of the holiday season? You can thank Pinene for that. This terpene is, as it sounds, found in pine trees and pine resin. Known as an anti-inflammatory agent, anti-anxiety agent, analgesic, and bronchodilator, Pinene has actually been found by some studies to lessen the effects of THC, leading to calmer effects. You can find Pinene in the strains Grape Ape, Blue Dream, and God’s Gift.