Terpenes: What are they and what do they do?

Terpenes are produced in trichomes and give cannabis its distinct flavor and smell. They originate in the same glands of the cannabis plant as do THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and give rise to various effects on the body. Currently, there are various laboratories using a diverse array of analytical methodologies and procedures to test the characterization of terpenes and their synergistic effect.

Terpene analysis is crucial for differentiating between various strains of cannabis since they have a major influence on the medical and psychological effects of a plant.

It is important to consult with a recommending physician as soon as possible to discuss the specific strain relative to your serious medical condition.

Common Types of Terpenes

                         Terpenes can also be found in common herbs, fruits and plants.

                         Terpenes can also be found in common herbs, fruits and plants.

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Flavor/Aroma: Citrus

Medicinal Uses: May possess anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-depression abilities

Also Found In: Fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, peppermint

Strains: OG Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Jack the Ripper, Lemon Skunk

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Flavor/Aroma: Earthy and musky with a hint of fruity

Medicinal Uses: Inflammation, muscle tension, pain

Also Found In: mango, lemongrass, thyme, hops

Strains: Pure Kush, El Nino, Himalayan Gold, Skunk #1, White Widow


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Flavor/Aroma: Floral with a hint of spice

Medicinal Uses: Anti-inflammatory; modulates motor movements

Also Found In: Lavender

Strains: G-13, Amnesia Haze, Lavender, LA Confidential

*Subject to various growing conditions


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Flavor/Aroma: Hoppy with a sweet, woody and clove taste

Medicinal Uses: Arthritis, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal, anti-inflammatory

Also Found In: Black pepper, cloves, cotton

Strains: Hash Plant


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Flavor/aroma: Pine

Medicinal Uses: Anti-inflammatory

Also Found In: Pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, dill

Strains: Jack Herer, Chemdawg, Bubba Kush, Trainwreck, Super Silver Haze

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