What are Terpenes?

What Are Terpenes?

what are terpenes

If youve smelled different kinds of marijuana flowers, youve surely noticed that each has a slightly different aroma. What you might not have realized is that terpenes cause these smells. What are terpenes? These aromatic compounds give plants their unique smells and flavours. They form the basis of many essential oils; however, cannabis terpenes do more than just create a sensory experience. They are also volatile compounds that can interact with other cannabis compounds, such as cannabinoids, to impact the effects of your weed.

More than 100 terpenes are currently known, and thats not including ongoing scientific research looking for more. Terpenes give unique qualities to the cannabis plant, but terpenes are also found in many other plants. For example, hemp terpenes can make your herb smell like cheese, berries, skunks, candy, and many other aromas. 

Terpenes and phytocannabinoids are both cannabis compounds that help bring out the complete goodness of the marijuana plant through the entourage effect.Everything just seems to work better when you enjoy it together. Lets learn more so you can fully understand what marijuana terpenes are.

Marijuana Terpenes

Like many cannabis strains exist, there are also many different kinds of cannabis terpenes. Weed Smart created a terpenes chart that includes some of the most common and potent terpenes found in cannabis plants.


Myrcene is a prominent terpene that causes a feeling of relief and relaxation. So if you try a strain with this terpene, you can count on relaxing and forgetting about your worries for a while. As a fun fact, myrcene is also found in mangoes, lemongrass, hops, and other common food ingredients. 

Myrcene is found in strains such as Granddaddy Purple, Pure Kush, Grape Ape, Blue Dream, Cherry Pie, Ghost Train Haze, and Jack Herer.


Just like its name implies, limonene gives a citrus or lemony aroma. Therefore, you can expect this terpene to have medicinal properties to help treat depression, pain, anxiety, and inflammation. Other herbs like peppermint, rosemary, and juniper also contain limonene.

Limonene is carried in strains like Do-Si-Dos, White Fire OG, and Wedding Cake.


This terpene has a complex aroma. It can be spicy, pepper-like, woody, or clove-like. Whatever the scent, caryophyllene has therapeutic properties that boast stress-relieving effects and help with pain, anxiety, and ulcers. You can also find this terpene in black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves.

Caryophyllene is found in strains including Original Glue and Purple Punch.


What are terpenes that smell like a forest? Terpinolene has a piney, herbal, and floral aroma that offers antioxidant properties and an uplifting effect. Youll also find this terpene in apples, tea trees, cumin, and nutmeg.

Terpinolene strains include Ghost Train Haze, Chernobyl, and Jack Herer.


Pinene smells like it sounds, offering a strong pine-like aroma. This terpene helps counteract some effects of THC and can help you feel more alert. If you want to get high but stay active, pinene will help in that quest. It can also help treat asthma, pain, ulcers, and anxiety with its anti inflammatory properties.

Pinene is found in Snoops Dream, Critical Mass, and other strains.

In Conclusion 

Chemical compounds like terpenes play an essential role in the aroma and flavour of a cannabis strain. Now that youve explored our WeedSmart terpenes chart and learned about hemp terpenes, youre ready to get some practical experience. You can tackle this journey in a few different ways. One method is to choose strains that sound tasty or interesting. Maybe you just think the name is funny or like the brand logo. Theres no wrong reason to explore pot! If you’re from Vancouver, choose a bud strain from Daily Treats Delivery and see how you like it. Then, examine the terpene profiles that are included. This will help you reverse-engineer a list of terpenes you enjoy.

If you want to take another method for exploring terpenes in marijuana, start by focusing on the terpenes themselves. Pick a terpene from our list that has properties you admire. Maybe youd like an energetic high, are looking for medicinal purposes, or want to try a particular flavour. If you’re from Toronto, choose a strain from Highest Farmacy that includes that terpene and see if you notice the effects. Was it everything you hoped, or did you feel a slight letdown? No worries either way because if you loved the result, now you have a new favourite strain to buy again. If you didnt see the impact you expected, just shrug and move on to another strain.

However, you approach your terpene experiments, keep some common sense weed practices in mind. You should always start slowly with recreational cannabis. We never know how our body chemistry will interact with the plant, so taking it easy the first time is better. You can always use more if you like the effects. If you’re looking for marijuana just outside of the Lower Mainland, there is fast and discreet BC Weed Delivery in Coquitlam as well as highly reliable weed delivery in Langley.



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