The 11 Main Cannabis Terpenes

Terpenes are the cannabis compounds responsible for the aroma and flavor components of the cannabis plant. Every cannabis strain has a different combination of certain terpenes that give it a distinctive smell and taste.   Terpenes also possess certain properties that give them different effects on the body. Each terpene possesses different properties, giving it different effects. These, combined with the cannabinoids in cannabis (like THC and CBD) give each strain its own unique effects.   By learning which terpenes provide which effects, you can better select the cannabis strains that will provide you with the effects you desire. Below you’ll find the 11 main terpenes you’ll find in various cannabis strains, along with their corresponding effects and other non-cannabis plants and foods that contain the same ones.  

Borneol

Effects:
  • Muscle pain relief
  • Joint pain relief
Borneol is also said to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammation benefits. Also found in:
  • Camphor
  • Rosemary
  • Wood
 

Caryophyllene

Effects:
  • None
Caryophyllene is also said to have antioxidant, insomnia, anti-inflammation, pain and muscle spasms benefits. It may also help reduce the effects of THC. Also found in:
  • Pepper
  • Cloves
  • Hops
  • Basil
  • Oregano
 

Eucalyptol

Effects:
  • Memory retention
  • Improved breathing
Eucalyptol is also said to have anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammation benefits. Also found in:
  • Eucalyptus
  • Pine
  • Conifers
  • Sage
 

Humelene

Effects:
  • Suppresses appetite
Humelene is also said to have anti-inflammation, anti-bacterial and pain relief properties. Also found in:
  • Hops
  • Coriander
 

Limonene

Effects:
  • Mood elevation
  • Stress relief
Limonene is also said to anti-depression, anti-anxiety, gastric reflux and antifungal benefits. Also found in:
  • Citrus rinds
  • Juniper
  • Peppermint
 

Linalool

Effects:
  • Sedation, sleepiness
  • Calming
  • Stress relief
  • Pain relief
  • Anxiety relief
Linalool is also said to have insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, pain and convulsion benefits. Also found in:
  • Lavender
  • Laurel
  • Birch
  • Rosewood
 

Myrcene

Effects:
  • Relaxation
  • Enhancement of the psychoactive effects of THC
Myrcene is also said to have antiseptic, anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammation benefits. Also found in:
  • Mango
  • Thyme
  • Citrus
  • Lemongrass
  • Bay leaf
 

Nerolidol

Effects:
  • Sedation
  • Calming
Nerolidol is also said to have anti-fungal, sedative and anti-microbial benefits. Also found in:
  • Tea tree
  • Jasmine
  • Ginger
  • Orange
 

Ocimene

Effects:
  • Improved health in diabetics
Ocimene is also said to have anti-inflammation benefits. It may also have benefits as an insect repellent. Also found in:
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Mango
 

Pinene

Effects:
  • Memory retention
  • Alertness
Pinene is also said to have anti-inflammation, asthma (bronchiodilation) benefits. Also found in:
  • Pine needles
  • Conifers
  • Sage
 

Terpinolene

Effects:
  • Sedating
Terpinolene is also said to antioxidant, sedative, anti-fungal and anti-inflammation benefits. Also found in:
  • Nutmeg
  • Apple
  • Cumin
  • Tea tree
   
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