What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants. Those terpenes found in cannabis plants help provide aroma and flavour and when consumed together- interact with cannabinoids and have been shown to influence their effects.

Common Terpenes


Here are the 10 most common cannabis terpenes:

  • Limonene Aroma – Woody, earthy, spicy. Very common, aids in the absorption of other terpenes through the skin.
  • Pinene Aroma – Pine smell, woody. Similar, to the smell associated with pine forests.
  • Myrcene Aroma – Musky, spicy, citrusy. The most prevalent terpene and often dictates the type of interaction and effect.
  • Linalool Aroma – Floral, sugar, citrus. Sedative properties.
  • Delta-3-Carene  Aroma – citrusy, sweet. Considered to contribute to the dry mouth feeling when consuming cannabis.
  • Eucalyptol Aroma – eucalyptus, menthol. Can be applied topically and been shown to have anti-fungal properties.
  • Beta-Caryophyllene Aroma – Peppery, woody, spicy. Interacts directly with bodies endocannabinoid system.
  • Humulene  Aroma – Woody. Found in hops, basil and cloves.
  • Borneol Aroma – herbal, woody, balsam like. Chinese doctors have employed it for millennia in acupuncture.
  • Terpineol  Aroma – smoky, pine. Used in many beauty products to create nice smells.