The Role of Terpenes in Enhancing Your Cannabis Experience

Evan Doherty
The Role of Terpenes in Enhancing Your Cannabis Experience

Time to talk about terpenes!

Terpenes are chemical compounds found in plants (including cannabis) and some animals. They give your favourite stains and edibles the aromas and flavours that make each one unique. They appear in the trichomes, sticky, see-through glands that cover the buds, leaves and stems of female cannabis plants.

Now, let’s move on to the big question. How do terpenes affect your high? 

The answer could be more straightforward. However, there is scientific evidence to suggest otherwise.

Terp-tastic: A Beginner's Guide to 5 Common Cannabis Terpenes - Sensi Tools

What Difference Do Terpenes Make?

When trying to understand terpenes, there are four qualities to pay attention to. Function, Entourage Effect, Aroma and Taste (FEAT) can determine a lot about a terpene and its effects. 

Terpenes impact your high in multiple ways. Alongside that great feeling, they boast a few other benefits.

A 2021 study from the University of Arizona noted that five common terpenes had similar effects to other cannabinoids. Pain relief, sedation and a decrease in motor activity were all present. Terpenes do this by acting through the endocannabinoid system found in the brain. 

What are Cannabis Terpenes?

An important aspect to note is terpenes do not act alone. Their effects are more noticeable and vary depending on the other cannabinoids they are paired with. 

In addition to providing various scents and flavour profiles, terpenes can alter your high when working together with other components of the cannabis plant. A 2018 study suggests terpenes can have neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects when paired with cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. 

That covers the function and entourage effect. The aroma and taste will vary depending on the terpene(s) present in your product of choice. From spicy and sweet to earthy and musky, you won’t be short on options. 

What Types of Terpenes Are There?

There are a few common terpenes found in various cannabis products on the market. Here’s a bit of info about each one.


Terpene Profile: Pinene, the Most Abundant Terpene on Earth

Pinene is found in pine needles, so the aroma is clean and uplifting. When consuming a product with high levels of pinene, you’ll feel like you’re wandering through a deep forest of pine trees.


WTF Is Myrcene and What Does This Cannabis Terpene Do?

Lemongrass, mangoes and basils are common places for myrcene. It’s notable for its sweet, earthy and spicy aromas and flavour profiles.


Limonene Terpene Isolate | Limonene Effects | Abstrax TechLimonene is present in the peels of citrus fruits, including lemons and oranges. Refreshing and citrusy are the best words to describe this terpene.


Caryophyllene | Caryophyllene Effects | Abstrax Tech

Herbs and spices containing caryophyllene include black pepper, oregano, and basil. Present in various cannabis strains, it has a musky, spicy aroma and flavour profile. 


What is Terpinolene | Terpinolene Terpene | Terpinolene Effects – Abstrax  Tech

Plants like lilac, sage, juniper and rosemary have terpinolene. Perfumes, soaps and other cosmetic products contain this terpene with a sweet scent and taste. 

What Products Showcase Terpenes?

Find a Strain for Every Terpene - Herbies

With so many products to choose from, it can become overwhelming. Luckily, the Terpene Rich collection boasts high amounts of terpenes. Whether you’re taking a puff or munching on your favourite edible, this selection of products has several aromas and flavour profiles to choose from. 

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