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What are medical cannabis terpenes? 

Cannabis terpenes

If you’ve ever walked through a forest and inhaled deeply, stopped to smell a rose, or peeled open a ripe, juicy mango, you’ve come in contact with terpenes.

Terpenes are a diverse group of naturally-occurring, highly-aromatic chemical compounds produced by thousands of plants (and a few animals) whose purpose is to attract pollinators, deter pests, or to attract symbiotic organisms that would feed on those pests.

The terpenes in cannabis are produced in the trichomes, the sticky, resinous and crystalline glands found on the flower and some specialized leaves that might resemble a blanket of dust or a sheet of freshly-fallen snow. The trichomes are also the production sites for cannabinoids, THC and CBD being two of the best-known.

As well as giving strains of cannabis their distinctive aromas, terpenes can also interact with the cannabinoids to produce a myriad of different effects in our bodies, which can be unique from one person to another. Studies are currently underway to determine the specifics of the interactions between terpenes and the human body, although there is a significant amount of research that already confirms their many potential benefits.

It’s important to know that there are several factors that can affect one’s experience with cannabis, including (but not limited to) the method and amount of consumption, as well as the individual’s body mass, tolerance, metabolism, mindset and much more.

 While there are more than 200 different terpenes found in cannabis, only a small percentage of these are found in significant concentrations to produce a measured effect. Here are some that you should get to know:

Name: Myrcene *

Smells like: earth, musk, ripe tropical fruits

You’ll know it from: mangoes, hops, lemongrass, bay leaves, thyme

It may you feel: sedated, sleepy

Potential benefits: sedative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic

* Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis flowers, commonly-associated with plants from the indica species, and is thought to enhance the interaction of THC within the body.

Name: Pinene *

Smells like: sweet wood, pine, citrus

You’ll know it from: pine needles, parsley, dill, sage, oranges,

It may you feel: energized, sharpened

Potential benefits: antibiotic, bronchodilator

* Pinene is the most common terpene in the world.

Name: Caryophyllene *

Smells like: spice, savoury herbs, pepper, earth

You’ll know it from: black peppercorns, basil, cloves, cinnamon, caraway seeds, oregano

It may you feel: balanced, relieved

Potential benefits: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and local anesthetic

* Caryophyllene is the only terpene known to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system like a cannabinoid, and although it may not have psychoactive properties on its own, it works with cannabinoids and terpenes to provide a synergistic experience.

Name: Limonene *

Smells like: citrus, mint, flowers, fresh herbs

You’ll know it from: lemons, oranges, peppermint, juniper, rosemary

It may you feel: euphoric, energized

Potential benefits: antitumor, sedative, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant

* Limonene is the second most common terpene found in nature

Name: Humulene

Smells like: citrus, wood, fresh earth, herbs

You’ll know it from: hops, cloves, basil, coriander

It may you feel: motivated, meditative

Potential benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, analgesic

Name: Linalool

Smells like: flowers, mint, tree bark

You’ll know it from: lavender, mint, birch bark, rosewood, laurel

It may you feel: calm, mellow

Potential benefits: antimicrobial, sleep-inducing, anticonvulsant

Name: Cineol (aka Eucalyptol)

Smells like: cool mint, fresh-picked herbs

You’ll know it from: eucalyptus, mint, bay leaves, tea trees. basil, sage

It may you feel: revitalized, uplifted

Potential benefits: anti-infective, antitussive

Name: Bisabolol

Smells like: flowers, citrus, sweet spice, nuts

You’ll know it from: chamomile flowers, the bark of the candeia tree

It may you feel: comforted, relaxed

Potential benefits: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal

Name: Ocimene

Smells like: tropical flowers, wood, green herbs

You’ll know it from: mint, basil, allspice, pepper, parsley, orchids

It may you feel: refreshed, cleansed

Potential benefits: antifungal, antimicrobial

Name: Terpineol

Smells like: smoke, pine, citrus

You’ll know it from: pine needles, lapsang souchong tea, limes, lilac flowers, eucalyptus leaves

It may you feel: relaxed, calm

Potential benefits: antitumor, analgesic, anti-inflammatory

Name: Borneol

Smells like: mint, spice, fresh herbs

You’ll know it from: mint, ginger, rosemary, tarragon, camphor

It may you feel: invigorated, energized

Potential benefits: anti-cancer

Name: Geraniol

Smells like: flowers, spice, citrus, fruit, wax

You’ll know it from: geraniums, lemons, tobacco leaves, roses, carrots, blueberries

It may you feel: relaxed, calm

Potential benefits: antitumor, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory

Name: Terpinolene

Smells like: flowers, herbs, pine

You’ll know it from: pine trees, nutmeg, tea tree, cumin, apples, lilac trees

It may you feel: cleansed, sedated

Potential benefits: antioxidant, anticancer, sedative

Name: Nerolidol

Smells like: fresh cut wood, sweet spices

You’ll know it from: neroli, jasmine, ginger, lavender, roses

It may you feel: pacified, soothed

Potential benefits: antifungal, sedative, antimicrobial


This article was compiled from sources that include the National Institutes of Health, the British Journal of Pharmacology and Health Canada. Research on the efficacy of terpenes in cannabis is ongoing. This page will be updated as new information is released.

The potential benefits listed for each terpene have not been scientifically proven yet and are just based on what research is showing may be potential in the future.