4 Things You Need To Know About Cannabis Terpenes

Consuming cannabis is something that millions of people worldwide do for a variety of reasons. Some do it to get high, some for pain relief, and others to help them sleep or relax. There are different types of cannabis (click here to find more about exotic weed strains) and each has their own unique THC and CBD levels that influence the experience they provide.

But another thing that differentiates one type of cannabis from another is terpenes. These are some of the oils that are found in (and secreted from) the cannabis plant. Without any further ado, this article is going to go over some things you need to know about cannabis terpenes.

Terpenes Influence the Taste and Scent of Cannabis


The main thing to know about cannabis terpenes is that they are what is responsible for the distinct taste and scent that goes along with cannabis. So if a strain tastes lemony, or smells like pine, you have the terpenes inside that particular plant to thank for it. Everyone has their favorite, and knowing what terpenes are inside a particular strain or plant can often let you know of the kind of experience it will provide.

The terpenes come from the sticky glands of the plant, which is the same place that THC and CBD come from, as well. Every plant will have a unique combination of different terpenes that can have a distinct impact on how they appear, even in terms of their color, in some cases.

There are More Than 100 Types of Terpenes

Another thing to know is that there are more than 100 different types of terpenes that exist. Many of these only exist in incredibly small amounts, but some are more prominent. A few of the most common terpenes include myrcene, limonene, linalool, and camphene. Each has their own unique scent and taste profile, and can provide different benefits and experiences to users.

Once you begin to understand more about what makes each terpene unique and how they taste/smell, it can allow you to fine-tune your use and ensure you are consuming only cannabis that you will enjoy.

Terpenes Don’t Get You High

Contrary to what many people think, terpenes don’t actually get you high.  Instead, terpenes can provide various health and medical benefits that include treating infections, helping wounds heal, acting as an anti-inflammatory, and more. Many can also aid in relieving anxiety and stress.

However, some terpenes can interact with the brain and may impact the effects of the THC, but won’t be intoxicating on their own. So don’t hesitate to try a few different kinds out so see which improves your experience the most.

Terpenes Help Plants Survive

Another interesting fact about terpenes is that one of their primary purposes is to protect plants and help them survive. While terpenes are found in cannabis, they are also present in a variety of other plants, fruits, and herbs. This includes thyme, citrus fruits, sage, lavender, rosemary, and many more.

These terpenes protect plants from threats like insects or bacteria that may want to consume the plant. The scent emanating thanks to the terpenes will repel these pests and keep them away. They also support the immune system of the plant and ensure the plant is always aware of its surroundings and protect it from potential stressors.

We hope this guide has helped you learn all you need to know about cannabis terpenes. Each can offer different benefits and a different experience, so don’t hesitate to try a few to learn your favorites.

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