When you open up your bag of fresh hemp flower, that aroma hits you right in the face and overpowers your nostrils with that mouthwatering flavor. But even if you know what that smell is from, do you know why cannabis terpenes matter for your smoke? Every time you hit it, that flavor lingers on your tongue and in your throat–but do you know where it comes from?
In this article, we’re diving in deep to discover the importance of cannabis terpenes, where they stem from, and how to find the best smokable buds on the market.
What are Cannabis Terpenes?
The tropical sweet taste of Hawaiian Haze, that skunky gasoline jab from Sour Diesel, the dessert sugariness of Girl Scout Cookies, all stem from terpenes. Except, what you may not realize, is that most common foods and plants all contain terpenes too. They’re not just native to cannabis, but to many species of plants, herbs, fruits, and even trees.
With over 100 different terpenes found in cannabis, they are aromatic oils and they offer much more than just a nose to our top-quality buds. Terpenes have a key role in separating all the different effects that strains have to offer, and yes that means it’s not just Sativa and Indica that make up the difference.
The Secret Benefits of Cannabis Terpenes
Now for the big reveal that is not very well know, like, at all. Terpenes are also part of the reason that cannabis strains all offer different benefits. For starters, terpenes help make up some strains’ composition of different benefits which is how they all vary from promoting relaxation, relief from stress, improved focus, and better inspiration or motivation.
That’s right, terpenes are part of the reason that your Sativa hits the way it does to give you a boost of creative juices or more pep in your step. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top cannabis terpenes found not just in your favorite strain, but in other things too:
Myrcene: gives strains the herbal flavor, but also makes up the flavor profiles of hops, mangoes, and lemongrass. This terpene has more calming benefits than energizing.
Pinene: this one’s easier to note for pine-flavored strains, and is a major contributor to the scents of pine needles, rosemary, basil, dill, and other herbs. This one has calming benefits too and is found in more Indica strains.
Limonene: again, this terpene’s name says it all. The citrus strains have limonene to thank, as well as fruit rinds, juniper, and peppermint. It makes this one is more on the energizing side of benefits and Sativa strains.
Terpinolene: this terpene creates a lot of fruity and bold aromas, including a blend found in nutmeg, tea tree, cumin, and even lilac flowers! Because of the intense flavors, it’s really good for invigorating and is more commonly found in Sativa strains.
Caryophyllene: most peppery strains have this terpene to thank for their flavor profiles. Black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon also have it, while it balances on a mixture of both calming and energizing benefits.
Humulene: Earthy strains normally have this unique terpene front and center, and because of the intensity of it, sage, ginger, coriander, and ginseng’s powerful tastes are because of humulene. It rounds out in Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains.
Linalool: floral strains have this terpene as a driving force, and are ideal for Indica buds because of the major benefits it offers for depression, insomnia, and pain relief. Lavender and birch are brimming with linalool, as well as in flower species.
What also comes down to how cannabis terpenes bring to the properties of each strain has to do with the fact that multiple terpenes are found in a single strain. Therefore, the Entourage Effect comes into play, and that’s how one flower can deliver so many varying effects. Pretty neat, right?
So, when you’re browsing cannabis strains, make sure to check out the terpene profiles. These bad boys can make a serious difference in what you smoke and how much you get out of each hit. For Delta 8 flower that checks off each of these high standards, be sure to shop our selection here.
Flavor = Mood.