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We all know that exciting moment when you get home from the dispensary, sit back and take in the unique scent of your favorite strain or product. There seems to always be something new to experience when enjoying a new strain or flavor of cannabis product and there’s science behind why that is! Cannabis is among a number of plants and other organic materials that contain terpenes.

Terpenes are chemical compounds that are responsible for producing aroma, flavor and a desired bodily effect. Have you ever noticed that many sativa strains boast a rich, citrus scent? Or that sleepy, deep indica you reach for at night smells of pine or fresh herbs? That is a terpene profile in action! There is a huge array of known terpenes, but when it comes to cannabis we want to focus on the primary five: Mycrene, Pinene, Caryophyllene, Limonene, Terpinolene

Mycrene

Is one of the most notable and commonly found terpenes in the cannabis plant. This terpene can be easily identified by its signature “earthy” aroma found in the cannabis plant. Mycrene has been known to assist with symptoms of inflammation and pain.

 

Limonene

Is easily recognizable for it’s zesty citrus scent, strains with notable levels of Limonene tend to be categorized as sativa for their uplifting effects and zingy profile. Research on this terpene indicates it is useful in combatting inflammation, curbing anxiety and hosts a number of antibacterial qualities.

Pinene

Is spelled just how it smells, fresh and piney! Pinene is not only found in the cannabis plant, in fact it is one of the most frequently encountered terpenes in all nature. It is most often attributed to pine trees and conifer species as it produces a potent and memorable pine scent.

 

 

Caryophyllene

Otherwise known as Beta-Caryophyllene, is the second most dominant terpene found in across cannabis strains. The scent it releases can be likened to that of hops, clove and rosemary as these species contain a high amount of caryophyllene. The scent of this particular terpene is reminiscent of fresh herbs and has also been found to be effective in addressing inflammation issues.

 

 

Terpinolene

Brings the best of two bold, flavor worlds together. This terpene brings a juicy fruit, citrus and herbal profile to both the scent and taste experience. Terpinolene is commonly found in deeper indica strains as it has been reported to assist with relaxation and sleep.