Talking Terpenes: Eight Terpene Profiles Every Cannabis Consumer Needs to Know

As the cannabis craze continues to reach new highs (pun intended,) consumers are growing more curious of the science surrounding the recreational as well as the medicinal use of cannabis. Terms such as cannabinoids and terpenes are becoming more commonplace. Cannabinoids are essential compounds that can be found in cannabis plants such as THC and CBD. Terpenes are the essential oils that are derived from cannabis. Every terpene has its own profile that include characteristics such as aroma, boiling points, medical effects and benefits. Moreover, terpenes are not just found in cannabis; they can also be found in fruits and vegetables of all kinds. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular terpenes we have discovered.

What is Limonene?

First on the list of terpenes is undoubtedly the most recognizable of the bunch: Limonene. Limonene. If you are familiar with strains such as Strawberry Banana, Hindu Kush and Lemon OG, then you have encountered limonene. The boiling point for limonene is 349°F. This terpene is known for its pleasant citrus aroma and is often associated with lemons and oranges. Limonene has been praised for its antifungal, anti-depression and anti-anxiety effects. Limonene also has the ability to elevate mood and relieve stress. This terpene can also be found in rosemary, fruit rinds, juniper and even peppermint.

Additional Strains that Include Limonene

  • Jack Herer
  • Jack the Ripper
  • OG Kush
  • Lemon Diesel
  • Super Lemon Haze
  • Blueberry Kush
  • Sticky Lemons
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Wedding Cake
  • Black Cherry Soda
  • Quantum Kush

What is Myrcene?

Next on our list of terpenes is an essential oil that is just as popular as limonene: Myrcene. This terpene is known for its herbal, earthy yet clove-like aroma. Household strains like Grandaddy Purple, Amnesia and the infamous Trainwreck host a slew of myrcene terpenes. In regards to myrcene’s boiling point, this terpene can be activated around 330°F. When cannabis consumers think of myrcene, they instantly think of mango. Myrcene has been regarded for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial medical effects. Moreover, myrcene also has the ability to promote sedation, relaxation and enhance the psychoactivity associated with THC. This terpene can also be found in mangos (of course,) hops, thyme and lemongrass.

Additional Strains that Feature Myrcene

  • Agent Orange
  • Jillybean
  • Critical Kush
  • ACDC
  • Kosher Tangie
  • Grape Ape
  • Purple Urkle
  • Harle-Tsu

What is Linalool?

One of the common terpenes that needs a bit more explanation is known as Linalool. This terpene is recognized for its extremely floral aroma. Cannabis strains that give off an overwhelming scent of neutral flowers such as Romulan, Sour Kush and Kosher Kush often implement the presence of linalool. The boiling point for this terpene is roughly 390°F. Medicinally, linalool is known for its effects to reduce symptoms of insomnia, stress, convulsions, pain and even anxiety. Additionally, linalool produces sedating and calming effects. Other plants such as lavender, birch, laurel and rosewood typically host linalool.

More Strains that Include Linalool

  • Lavender Kush
  • Amnesia Haze
  • L.A. Confidential
  • The Loops
  • Strawberry Satori
  • Chem De La Chem
  • Ninja Fruit
  • Wabanaki
  • Tangie Biscotti

What is Geraniol?

Geraniol is a terpene that does not get as much love as the former terpenes. If you have indulged in cannabis strains such as Purple Punch, Dutch Hawaiian, Agent Orange or Harlequin, then chances are you are familiar with this profile. Geraniol, commonly known as the ‘sweet terpene,’ embodies the aroma similar to that of sweet, citrus flowers. This terpene can also be found in plants such as roses, grapefruit, coriander, blackberries and blueberries. Geraniol may be the most medically hopeful terpene we have discovered; This terpene has been implemented in animal-based trials that have yielded positive interactions with animals afflicted with diabetes and tumorous cancer cells.

More Strains that Include Geraniol

  • Black Cherry Soda
  • Blueberry Kush
  • Blackberry Kush
  • Orange Tangie
  • Blueberry Headband
  • Grapefruit OG
  • Peach Rings

What is Valencene?

Another lesser known terpene is valencene. This terpene is recognized by its aroma often compared to that of overwhelming citrus. Strains such as Tangie and Agent Orange provide clear indicators of valencene. The name of this terpene derives from the commonly known Valencia Orange. Valencene has been praised for its antifungal and even insectifungal medical effects. Valencene will require a tad bit more research to fully understand its effects. This terpene can also be found in, that’s right, you guessed it: oranges.

Additional Cannabis Strains that Include Valencene

  • Orange Diesel
  • Citrus Kush
  • Orange Wreck
  • Pearl Scout Cookies
  • Orange Kush
  • Pineapple Kush
  • Orange Cookies
  • Twisted Citrus
  • Doctor Jamaica
  • Blood Orange Kush

What is Alpha-Pinene?

Next up is the terpene known as Alpha-pinene. This variation of the more commonly known of the terpene pinene. Alpha-pinene presents an aroma similar to that of fresh crispy pine trees. If you have indulged in OG Kush, Strawberry Cough or the infamous Trainwreck, then have encountered alpha-pinene. Medicinally, this terpene has been praised for anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Moreover, there is a small amount of evidence that points toward alpha-pinene being beneficial for consumers who have memory or lung issues. More than likely this is due to alpha-pinene prohibiting what are known as ‘acetylcholinesterase enzymes.’ Alpha-pinene can also be found in plants such as rosemary and pine trees.

Cannabis Strains that Contain Alpha-Pinene:

  • Trainwreck
  • OG Kush
  • Strawberry Cough

What is Caryophyllene?

The final terpene on our list is known as caryophyllene. This terpene often gives off an aroma similar to that of spice, pepper, and cloves. Caryophyllene is present in strains such as White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies, Bubba Kush, and the legendary Chemdawg. Caryophyllene has been regarded for its effects on symptoms relative to Insomnia, pain, muscle spasms is an overall antioxidant. Caryophyllene can also be found in hops, peppers, cloves, basil and oregano.

Cannabis Strains that Contain Caryophyllene

What is Beta-Pinene?

Another variation of pinene known as beta-pinene. This terpene also yields an aroma that mirrors that of fresh pine. However, the medical benefits associated with beta-pinene differ from its aforementioned namesake. Beta-pinene has been noted for its antibacterial effects. Moreover, in combination with the terpene linalool, beta-pinene can relieve symptoms associated with depression. Beta-pinene can also be found in allspice. On the lower end, beta-pinene can also be found in plants such as nutmeg, lime oil and funky fennel.

More Cannabis Strains that Include Beta-Pinene

  • Romulan
  • Blue Dream
  • OG Kush

Which Terpene Profile is Right for Me?

Cannabis is a fairly complex plant. It is more than the THC and CBD dichotomy. Cannabis contains a multitude of cannacompounds and terpenes. As aforementioned, there are also many different types of terpenes with their own unique effects. Moreover, different terpene profiles provide the patient with a unique flavor. There are also more terpene available outside of the profiles listed. It’s the mission of the highly-trained Euphoria Wellness Maryland staff to assist you in making informed choices to meet your medical needs. We offer a wide range of cannabis strains and products in a clean, safe environment. To provide comfort, aid in healing and to put you on the road to wellness. Euphoria Wellness is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality products and services available in the industry. For more information on our selection, be sure to check us out here!