Terpenes Part 1 – Why They’re Important

Without a doubt, the most popular ways of discussing what differs between certain cannabis flowers from another would be their THC or CBD content.  This is certainly a valid comparison when determining how it will benefit an individual.

However, it goes much deeper than that.  Terpenes are a class of organic compounds that are produced by a variety of plants, cannabis included!  They give a particular plant a certain smell or taste and when discussing cannabis, can give certain strains their own unique aroma and flavour that are not found anywhere else in nature.

So then what makes cannabis terpenes so unique?  Each individual has their own preferences for tastes, likes, and dislikes that are never the same between 2 people.  The very same can be said for cannabis – each crop of flower may yield different terpenes each with its own unique profile.

With this in mind, each individual should consider their own personal tastes when it comes to cannabis.  For example, linalool, one of the most common terpene alcohols found in cannabis, is widely used in soaps, shampoos, and fragrances.  This terpene is often associated with feelings of calm and relaxation.

The five most common terpenes we find in cannabis are:

  • Myrcene
  • Pinene
  • Limonene
  • Linalool
  • Beta-Caryophyllene

Stay tuned for new posts highlighting these great flavours and profiles!  In part 2, we will talk about Myrcene – the most popular terpene within the earthy & woody profile.

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