Terpenes are a diverse class of organic compounds produced by a variety of plants, including cannabis and wine. They are therapeutic properties that help the CBD and THC enter the bloodstream through our endocannabinoid system. Also known as the entourage effect. Classifying terpenes can be broken down into different molecular units such as polyterpenes and sesterterpenes.

In 2011, an An industry-leading paper helped explain what they are and how terpenes work. Neurologist and researcher Ethan Russo,  described how cannabinoids and terpenes work together to boost and modulate the effects of one another in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Russo and his team discovered certain cannabinoids, such as CBD, interact with terpenes to increase or decrease the effects of THC.

Just as knowing if the ratio of a blend has more CBD or THC in it, knowing the terpenes can help you find a strain that can benefit you. Once you’ve figured out which terpenes you like, your next order from our weed delivery service will be greatly anticipated.

Types of Terpenes

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Beta-Caryophyllene

One type of terpene is caryophyllene. Caryophyllene is a heavy hitter when it comes to fixing your body. Some of the medical benefits include the relief of depression symptoms, slows bacterial growth and can reduce chronic inflammation. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, caryophyllene possesses cancer-fighting properties. 

This terpene can be found in some of your favorite food and drink including rosemary. It also can be found in beer hops and red wines such as Syrah, Grüner Veltliner and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Next time you’re looking through different strains to try, look for names like Skywalker OG, Death Star, or OG Kush. Some weed delivery companies can deliver your next strain to you, bringing convenience to your everyday life.

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Caryophyllene cannabis

Limonene

A second type of terpene is limonene. Limonene is one of the most common cannabis terpenes. It can be found as an ingredient in food and drugs. Cosmetics and detergents can carry it, too. It also can be found in applications in the biotechnology industry.

This citrusy aromatic terpene is abundantly produced in the trichomes of many cannabis strains, together with cannabinoids. Like other terpenes, the medicinal properties within limonene are currently being researched.

Smoking or vaporizing a cannabis strain with high levels of limonene offers a unique taste experience and an energizing high. Limonene can help as a mood booster for anxiety and depression, so try to look for weed strains like Chernobyl, Berry White, and Jack Herer.

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Lavender Linalool

Linalool

Another type of cannabis terpene is linalool. Linalool is a common cannabis terpene with a floral aroma best described as Herbes de Provence.  The soothing characteristics of linalool have been used for centuries, as linalool is commonly found in lavender, in addition to several other flowers and spices.

Relaxation and stress relief are common in linalool rich strains. Linalool has a calming effect on the body and mind. It acts as a potent muscle relaxer, a possible antidepressant and antipsychotic. It’s also a key component in the production of Vitamin E. 

Look for strains named Purple Kush, Bruce Banner, or Amnesia Haze. Also known to carry anti-anxiety, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, linalool can also aid with insomnia.  Cannabis based topicals will often contain linalool due to its soothing nature.

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Linalool Terpene

Pinene

Another type of terpene is pinene. Like other terpenes in cannabis, pinene isn’t limited to just strains. It’s one of the most common terpenes in the entire plant kingdom. It can be found in a wide range of foods, home goods, essential oils and of course pine trees.

Pinene has two versions: alpha and beta. The alpha version is straight up pine needles. The beta version is more akin to rosemary, parsley and basil. One of the reasons pinene is such a strong ally is its ability to cross the blood/brain barrier.

Once in the brain, pinene can alter neurotransmitters that can actually improve memory. You read that right, for those who struggle with remembering things, there’s hope for you. Some strain names of pinene to look for would be Blue Dream, Romulan, and Strawberry Cough.

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Linalool Terpene
Lavender Linalool

Myrcene

Our last terpene to cover is myrcene. This terpene is believed to be the most abundant. A Swiss Federal Research for Agroecology & Agriculture found myrcene can make up 50% of a cannabis plants’ terpene profile.

It’s not limited to cannabis. myrcene can be found in lemongrass, mangoes, thyme, hops and verbena. A study by GW Pharmaceuticals proved myrcene as a powerful pain reliever. The study “found that myrcene works to relieve aches in the same manner as opium, but without the addiction.”

You may notice certain strain names overlapping in prerolls, flowers and edibles. Depending on the type of cannabis product, you’ll find out there will be two or three terpenes present. 

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Linalool Terpene