Terpenes, also known as “the essential oils of cannabis,” have an incredible influence on your experience with cannabis products. Beyond just producing the unique aromas emitted by cannabis flower, terpenes are also thought to influence the actual effects. While there is still a lot to be learned and many more cannabinoids to be discovered, terpenes are one of the most exciting elements of cannabis.

100 distinct terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant so far. Each and every strain of cannabis has a unique composition of different terpenes and their development is influenced not only by the genetics of the plant but also environmental factors like climate, weather, fertilizers, growing techniques, and more. Here is a rundown of the most common terpenes found in cannabis.

A-Humulene Terpene


Also found in: Hops, sage, ginger, ginseng
Aromas: Hoppy, woody, herbal, spicy
Potential benefits: anti-inflammatory, hunger suppressing, anti-tumor effects
High A-Humulene strains: GSC, White Widow, OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Headband

Limonene Terpene

Also found in: Citrus like lemons, limes, oranges, and peppermint, rosemary
Aromas: Citrusy, Lemon, and bright
Potential benefits: mood enhancing, anti-anxiety, antidepressant, anti-nausea
High Limonene strains: Super Lemon Haze, Trainwreck, Bubba Kush

A-Pinene Terpene

Also found in: Rosemary, conifer trees, basil, dill
Aromas: Pine, sweet, sharp
Potential benefits: antibacterial, bronchodilator, memory enhancer
High A-Pinene strains: Jack Herer, Dutch Treat, Romulan, Blue Dream, OG Kush

Myrcene Terpene

Also found in: thyme, parsley, bayleaf, hops, mango, lemongrass
Aromas: Musky, herbal, cloves, citrusy
Potential benefits: pain relief, antioxidant, sedative
High Myrcene strains: Green Crack, Alien OG, Granddaddy Purple, Northern Lights

Linalool Terpene

Also found in: Lavender, birch trees, and mint
Aromas: floral, sugar, citrus
Potential benefits: anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, pain relief, anti-bacterial, anti-anxiety
High Linalool strains: Lavender, Skywalker OG, Pink Kush

Caryophyllene terpene high note

Also found in: Cloves, black pepper, basil, oregano
Aromas: spicy, peppery, woody
Potential benefits: anti-inflammatory, pain relief, digestive aid, anti-anxiety
High Beta-Caryphyllene strains: GSC, White Widow, Chemdawg, Bubba Kush

Geraniol Terpene

Also found in: Roses, Geraniums, lemongrass, blackberries, blueberries
Aromas: Floral, Rose
Potential benefits: anti-inflammatory, antifungal, aids in absorption of cannabis through skin (great for topicals!)
High Geraniol strains: Agent Orange, Harlequin, Lemon G, Tahoe OG, Kimbo Kush

Terpinolene Terpene

Also found in: conifer trees, nutmeg, cumin, tea tree, lilacs
Aromas: fruity, piney, herbal, floral
Potential benefits: antibacterial, antioxidant, sedative
High Terpinolene Strains: XJ-13, Chernobyl, Jack Herer, Dutch Treat

Ocimene Terpene

Also found in: mint, parsley, orchids
Aromas: sweet, tropical, musky
Potential benefits: antiviral, antifungal
High Ocimene strains: Clementine, Dutch Treat, Amnesia, Green Crack, Dream Queen

While the potential benefits of terpenes on cannabis experiences require more scientific research to substantiate, it’s helpful to start identifying the terpenes you most enjoy. The more you get to know the terpenes you like, the easier you’ll be able to find new products you’re most likely to enjoy.”

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