Terpenes are the organic compounds found in plants. Cannabis has large levels of terpenes and terpenoids. Terpenes are what give cannabis it's fragrant aroma. Cannabis users should consider terpenes when choosing a product because the compound can support other cannabis molecules to affect your high, otherwise known as the entourage effect.

Studies on Terpenes have found that cannabinoids and terpenes work together to promote the effects of one another in the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). Dr. Russo, neurologist and researcher has stated that terpenes “could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections.”

Terpene Types

Myrcene:

The most common terpene in cannabis. It is known for its highly-sedative effects.

Limonene:

Found in citrus, it is a known anti-depressant and provides a highly-energetic effectt.

Terpinolene:

A smokey or woody aroma that is slightly sedative, antioxidant, anti-cancer and antibacterial.

Beta-Caryophyllene:

This terpene has a peppery taste and is know to be a strong anti-inflammatory with a woody, peppery taste.

Alpha-Pinene:

Energizing, this terpene is common in pine needles.

Humulene:

This terpene is commonly found in hops and is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and a hunger-suppressent.