Most Common Cannabis Terpenes
What are terpenes?
- There are over 200 different varieties of terpenes found in different cannabis strains.
- Terpenes are hydrocarbons (molecules made of hydrogen and carbon).
- They secrete from the trichomes of the marijuana plant and make up the oils unique to each plant strain.
- Terpenes are fragrant and can be identified by smell alone.
- The plant uses them as a defensive layer against pestilence and disease, while also attracting pollinating species like bees and other insects.
- Boiling Point: 311F
- Aroma: Pine
- Common Effects: Alertness, memory retention, counteracts some THC effects
- Potential Medical Value: Asthma relief, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory
- Pine needles also contain Pinene
- Boiling Point: 334F
- Aroma: Musky, cloves, earthy, herbal with notes of citrus and tropical fruit
- Common Effects: Sedating “couch-lock” effect, relaxing
- Potential Medical Value: Antioxidant: relieves muscle tension, sleeplessness, pain, inflammation, and depression
- Hops also contains Myrcene
- Boiling Point: 349F
- Aroma: Citrus
- Common Effects: Elevated mood, stress relief
- Potential Medical Value: Antifungal; antibacterial; anticarcinogenic; mood enhancement; may treat gastrointestinal complications, heartburn, and depression
- Citrus also contains Limonene
- Boiling Point: 320F
- Aroma: Pepper, spicy, woody, cloves
- Common Effects: No detectable physical effects
- Potential Medical Value: Gastro-protective, anti-inflammatory; good for arthritis
- Black Pepper also contains Beta-Caryophyllene
- Boiling Point: 388F
- Aroma: Floral, citrus, candy
- Common Effects: Anxiety relief and sedation
- Potential Medical Value: Antianxiety, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antiacne.
- Lavender also contains Linalool