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Common Cannabis Terpenes

There are many different terpenes, and the familiar aromas in different strains of cannabis are directly related to the effects felt by users.


Some of the most common terpenes found in buds are myrcene, limonene, linalool, caryophyllene, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, and alpha-bisabolol.


1. Myrcene

Myrcene is the most prominent terpene in cannabis. Myrcene often smells funky with strong notes of earth and musk, somewhat resembling cloves. It also has a grape-like fruity undertone. It is also found in hops, lemongrass, thyme, and mangoes.


Myrcene has been reported to be useful in reducing overall inflammation and chronic pain and possesses some sedative effects.


2. Limonene

Limonene is another prominent terpene found in many cannabis strains. As the name implies, limonene produces a pungent lemon aroma.


Limonene has been thought to reduce stress and enhance one’s mood. There’s also the possibility of it having antifungal and antibacterial properties. This leads us to believe that growing strains high in the terpene limonene may be good for controlling any mold growth on the plant.


3. Linalool


Linalool is the terpene responsible for the enticing typical marijuana smell, featuring spicy, floral notes. This terpene can also be found in lavender, mint, coriander, and cinnamon.


It possesses sedating properties that can promote calmness and help a user relax.


4. Caryophyllene


Caryophyllene is the terpene found in cannabis that is responsible for peppery, warm, spicy scents. This terpene is also found in black pepper, cloves, rosemary, and basil.


Caryophyllene is the only terpene that can bind directly to cannabinoid receptors. There is some evidence that it may possess analgesic and anti-anxiety properties.


5. Alpha-Pinene & Beta-pinene


Alpha and beta-pinene are two terpenes commonly found in cannabis that produce a smell similar to pine trees. It can also be found in parsley, orange peels, and rosemary.


Some suggest that pinene terpenes possess anti-inflammatory effects.


6. Alpha-Bisabolol


Bisabolol possesses a pleasant floral aroma. This terpene can also be found in chamomile flowers. It’s also used in the cosmetic industry.


Alpha-bisabolol seems to effectively manage bacterial infections as it appears to have antioxidant, anti-irritation, and analgesic properties.


It’s important to note that once plants reach the end of their flowering stage, terpene levels will be at an all-time high. Higher terpene levels mean stronger, more pungent buds and will leave customers wanting more.


Various factors will affect your terpene levels, such as the plant’s nutrients, environmental conditions, and how they are harvested.


If you’re looking to boost your terpenes and create a strain that is intoxicatingly aromatic and tasty, get your hands on a Phytostim Terpene Booste!



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