It's All About The Terps: Common Terpenes in Cannabis

It's All About The Terps: Common Terpenes in Cannabis

Posted by Greener Things Staff on 18th Sep 2023

When we think about cannabis, the first thing that often comes to mind is the cannabinoid content. But that’s only part of the story. Cannabis is also rich in aromatic compounds called terpenes – fragrant oils produced by a wide variety of plants, which botanists speculate may play an integral role in both attracting pollinators and repelling pests. These terpenes are responsible cannabis’s distinctive aroma and flavor, and may contribute to the diversity of effects created by different strains.

In cannabis, terpenes are produced by resin glands found in the trichomes of the female plants. Many of them are extremely volatile compounds and can easily be destroyed if care is not taken. While dried flower best maintains the original terpene profile of raw cannabis, sensitive extraction methods – such as live rosin – are now capable of producing more flavorful and aromatic concentrates with a more complete terpene profile.

For those looking to maximize their use of the plant, preserving the delicate terpenes is about more than just producing better tasting and smelling cannabis products – terpenes may have therapeutic potential of their own! If you’ve ever tried aromatherapy, you’re already familiar with how smell can influence mood, but it goes beyond just appreciating a pleasant scent. Whether a strain is said to have indica, sativa, or hybrid effects can have just as much to do with its terpene content as the cannabinoids!

While there are hundreds of terpenes found in cannabis, some are more common than others. Here are six of the most prominent terpenes found in cannabis:


One of the most common terpenes found in cannabis, myrcene is known for its mildly sweet, herbal, spicy, musky aroma. It's reported to have a relaxing effect and may help to reduce inflammation. You can also find myrcene in things like hops, mangoes, and lemongrass.

Found in: OG Kush, Blue Dream, Remedy


The only terpene that also acts as a cannabinoid, caryophyllene has a distinct peppery, spicy aroma. It directly binds to your CB2 receptors and may have anti-inflammation benefits. You can also find caryophyllene in things like black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves.

Found in: Cherry Pie, Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel


As its name might imply, limonene is associated with citrusy, fruity aromas. It is believed to have anti-anxiety and stress relieving properties, and may also help to relieve heartburn and gastric reflux. You can find limonene in many things like fruit rinds, cosmetics, and cleaning products.

Found in: Do-Si-Dos, Tahoe OG, Wedding Cake


Pinene, one of the most common terpenes in the world, is known for its piney aroma. In addition to being a potential anti-inflammatory, pinene may also help reduce anxiety and open the airwaves. You can find pinene in things like pine needles, as well as rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley.

Found in: Pink Lemonade, Garlotti, Gary Payton


Linalool is most commonly associated with lavender, though this floral terpene is present in hundreds of other plants and spices. It is thought to promote relaxation, ease stress, and reduce anxiety, and may even boost immunity. It's also being studied for its pain relieving properties.

Found in: Do-Si-Dos, White Runtz, Zkittlez


Terpinolene is a less common terpene — found in 1 out of 10 strains — with a complex aroma often described as fresh, woody, or floral. Unlike many terpenes, terpinolene-dominant strains can be indicas, sativas, or hybrids. You'll find terpinoline in many things like flowers, perfumes, and soaps.

Found in: Jack Herer, Dutch Treat, Orange Cookies

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