What is a Terpene?

A terpene is what gives cannabis and many other plants such as hops their different aromatic and flavor profiles. Secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes are aromatic oils that color cannabis varieties with distinctive flavors like citrus, berry, mint, and pine.**

What are the most common terpenes and what do they do?

Why is knowing about terpene profiles important?

Terpenes play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. Some terpenes promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and acuity.

Not unlike other strong-smelling plants and flowers, the development of terpenes in cannabis began for adaptive purposes: to repel predators and lure pollinators. There are many factors that influence a plant’s development of terpenes, including climate, weather, age and maturation, fertilizers, soil type, and even the time of day.

Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, and every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition. In other words, a strain like Cheese and its descendants will likely have a discernible cheese-like smell, and Blueberry offspring often inherit the smell of berries.

The diverse palate of cannabis flavors is impressive enough, but arguably the most fascinating characteristic of terpenes is their ability to interact synergistically with other compounds in the plant, like cannabinoids. In the past few decades, most cannabis varieties have been bred to contain high levels of THC, and as a result, other cannabinoids like CBD have fallen to just trace amounts. This has led many to believe that terpenes play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains.**

The Entourage Effect: What is it and why is it so important to customizing your experience.

In the past it was thought that choosing a strain with the highest concentrations of THC was going to define your experience. This is just not the case. With the growing understanding of terpenes and their contributing effects on the body when consumed in conjunction with THC, CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN and so on we now know there is scientific way to fine tune your experience. Let’s take a closer look.*


Now lets add in our terpene profiles.

Leafly Terpene Entourage Effect

So to to apply the Entourage effect, when choosing a strain to consume first ask yourself what type of experience you’re trying to achieve.

  • Example: You’re looking for a strain to alleviate stress and help with sleep.

  • Terpenes to look for in higher concentrations: Linalool, Limonene, and potentially Caryophyllene.

  • These in conjunction with stains containing THC, CBD, CBC, and CBN is a good way to activate “The Entourage Effect” to your benefit.

Doing your research can help you to become more familiar with what works well for you and customize your search for your perfect strain.*

References: *https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/cannabis-entourage-effect-why-thc-and-cbd-only-medicines-arent-g

** https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/terpenes-the-flavors-of-cannabis-aromatherapy