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Everything Canadians want to understand about cannabis terpenes

Terpenes Guide

Terpenes Guide

Cannabis stinks, with useful purpose: it’s loaded with terpenes and aromatic compounds that not only discover a particular strain’s odour and flavour but also provide to its effects.

Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD may get all the grandeur, but if you want to foretell a strain’s effects, you need to study to its terpenes. Frequently, cannabis researchers conclude that terpenes work synergistically with cannabinoids and various other to create a given strain’s specific effects.

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An individual cannabis flower can contain hundreds of terpenes. Each strain, or cultivar, shows a unique combination of terpenes that provide to its final scent, concluding whether an appropriate variety smells like berries, lemons, diesel or the woodland floor. 

Here are the terpenes most frequently observed in cannabis

Myrcene

MYRCENE
MYRCENE

Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in new commercial cannabis, and the most suitable terpene to be dominant or existing in the most potent levels. Myrcene is connected with cannabis’s sedative or “couch-locking” result. 

Pinene

PINENE
PINENE

Faithful to its title, pinene has a distinct pine aroma. In cannabis, pinene is cherished for its relationship with better memory recognition and cerebral precision and is assumed to prevent the memory-inhibiting and psychologically sedating characteristics of THC. 

Caryophyllene

CARYOPHYLLENE
CARYOPHYLLENE

Caryophyllene is a distinctive terpene with antioxidant and antifungal attributes. Analysis has even found that caryophyllene may be capable of treating anxiousness and depression. 

Limonene

LIMONENE
LIMONENE

Limonene needs more cannabis-focused analysis is necessary, but investigations on limonene so far have confirmed its potential for alleviating symptoms of despair, anxiety, and indigestion. Limonene is also valued for lending certain strains to their citrusy flavours and fragrances. 

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Terpinolene

TERPINOLENE
TERPINOLENE

Terpinolene may hold the least-common terpene, often present, but seldom dominant. Its fragrance is more complicated than other terpenes, at once fruity, piney, floral, and herbaceous, but continuously fresh. It may have antifungal and antibacterial characteristics.

Other common terpenes include:

  • Humulene: Woody characteristics; published to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics.
  • Ocimene: Sweet characteristics, commonly used in fragrances; reported to have anti-inflammatory characteristics.
  • Linalool: Floral, commonly used in essential oil compounds, reported possessing antimicrobial, antibiotic, pain-relieving, and sedative characteristics.