Cannabis is a complex plant.  With thousands of different cultivars, it’s a journey to find what suits your needs. As more research becomes available our interest in what differentiates varieties grows stronger. Science may have found the answer in Terpenes. But what are Terpenes and how do they alter your experience with Cannabis? 

Terpenes are naturally produced molecular compounds. They are aromatic oils that can impact the scent, taste and possibly effects of Cannabis. This is theorized in the entourage effect. The entourage effect theory suggests that Cannabinoids(THC,CBD & more) have a synergistic relationship with Terpenes. This means that terpenes alter how Cannabinoids function and are absorbed through the body. Terpenes are commonly found in a variety of plants. In fact you can even find terpenes among your favourite foods. It’s  likely terpenes are in some of our favourite cosmetics and skincare products. 

Terpinolene

Aroma: Pine, Floral & Herbal

Commonly found in: Lilacs, Nutmeg, Cumin, Tea tree, Conifers & Apple 

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Possible effects: Sedative, Relaxing

Melting Point: 186 Degrees Celsius 

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Limonene

Aroma: Citrus

Commonly found in: Rosemary, Peppermint, Juniper and Fruit Rinds.

Possible effects: Uplifting, Calm, Elevated

Melting Point: 167 Degrees Celsius 

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Pinene

Aroma: Pine

Commonly found in: Dill, Parsley, Pine Needles, Rosemary and Basil

Possible effects: Alert, Focused, Creative

Melting Point: 155 Degrees Celsius 

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Caryophyllene

Aroma: Spicy, Woody, Sweet

Commonly found in: Cinnamon, Anise, Black Pepper, Hops, Oregano and Cloves

Possible effects: Calm, Relaxed, Mood Elevation

Melting Point: 130 Degrees Celsius 

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Humulene

Aroma: Woody, Earthy, Herbal, Spicy

Commonly found in: Hops, Coriander, Cloves and Basil

Possible effects: Appetite suppressant, Relaxed and Calm

Melting Point: 106 Degrees Celsius 

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Ocimene

Aroma: Sweet, Herbal and Woody

Commonly found in: Mint, Orchids, Kumquats, Basil and Parsley

Possible effects: Cerebral, Uplifting, Energetic

Melting Point: 50 Degrees Celsius 

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Myrcene 

Aroma: Earthy, Herbal, Sweet and Spicy

Commonly found in: Mango, Lemongrass, Thyme and Hops.

Possible effects: Sedative, Relaxed, Calm, Euphoric

Melting Point: 167 Degrees Celsius 

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Linalool

Aroma: Floral, Sweet, Citrus

Commonly found in: Lavender, Birch Bark, Sage and Rosewood

Possible effects: Calm, Sedative, relaxed

Melting Point: 198 Degrees Celsius 

Isolated Terpenes have their own individual effects within the human body. Not all of these effects are known or understood at this time. What researchers are finding is that Each cannabis cultivar can contain hundreds of terpenes creating a complex profile specific to the batch.  This is why experiences can vary greatly from time to time. 

Making decisions is never easy. However you can customize your journey by selecting terpenes that suit the experience you want.