What is a terpene?

Terpenes are natural compounds that are found in plants and insects. More than 200 terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant. With a wide variety of therapeutic effects, terpenes can help the body destroy bacteria, detoxify, relax and more.

Read about all the different kinds of natural terpenes that you may encounter in cannabis.

terpene myrcene

Supports sleep and reduced muscle tension, insomnia, and pain.
Smells: Clove-like with notes of citrusy fruit
Tastes: Sweet citrus
Found in: Balsamic, Fruit, Geraniums, Herbs


Helps with depression, anxiety, reflux, and defense against free radicals.
Smells: Citrus lemon and orange
Tastes: Lemon and mint
Found in: Orange, juniper, peppermint

linalool terpene

Eases anxiety and inflammation. Supports motor control and pain management.
Smells: Floral with a hint of spice
Tastes: Coriander, Floral, Lavender, Lemon, Rose
Found in: Lavender, Mint, Cinnamon, Citrus Fruit


Helps defend against free radicals, insomnia, nerve pain and inflammation.
Smells: Wood, cinnamon and cloves
Tastes: Hops and spices
Found in: Basil, all-spice, fig, black pepper

humulene terpene

Suppresses appetite, aids with inflammation and pain.
Smells: Spicy and earthy
Tastes: Hops, pepper and spices
Found in: Coriander, basil, clove

Alpha/Beta Pinene

Eases asthma, supports memory and destroys bacteria.
Smells: Pine forest and Rosemary
Tastes: Rosemary, cedarwood, pine
Found in: Conifer trees, parsley, orange peels

eucalyptol terpene

Helps relieve inflammation and pain. Detoxifies and helps relieve inflammation and pain.
Smells: Eucalyptus and mint
Tastes: Spicy and cooling, like camphor
Found in: Bay leaves, eucalyptus, tea tree


Aids in reduction of morphine dependency and inflammation.
Smells: Floral and lilac
Tastes: Sweet lime and slightly floral
Found in: Lime blossoms, pine trees, lilacs


Helps to relieve spasms, get rid of bacteria and fight free radicals.
Smells: Rose and citronella
Tastes: Passion fruit, lemon peel, peach
Found in: Geranium, lemon

As a general rule of thumb, remember this tip. Terpenes limonene and myrcene are great indicators of the overall effect of cannabis. If a cannabis plant has a terpene profile that is more than 50% limonene, it’s likely that you’ll enjoy it more during the day to increase focus, energy or creativity. If there is more than 50% myrcene present, you should expect feelings of relaxation, sedation and physical ease.

More than ever before, science relies on terpene profiles to determine how you’ll feel after enjoying a specific cannabis product or strain. Combining cannabinoids and terpenes maximize the benefits of cannabis in mind and body.

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