Cannabis Terpenes Deconstructed

There is a growing interest in cannabis terpenes, which are the chemicals responsible for giving cannabis strains their smell. Terpenes are secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, and there are a number of them, each with its own distinct properties.

In fact, more than 100 terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, but really, there are just eight of them that are of particular interest: caryophyllene, humulene, limonene, ocimene, myrcene, linalool, pinene, and terpinolene. Not only does each of these have its own distinct aroma-profile, but it is also thought that they may play an important role in determining the effect of a cannabis strain, and some even think that terpenes are more important than whether a plant is indica or sativa.For instance, some terpenes may help to induce a state of relaxation or relieve stress, while others may be more beneficial for aiding focus and perception.  An example is myrcene, which is not only the most abundant terpene in commercial cannabis strains, but it is also often found in cannabis strains believed to aid relaxation. Another example is terpinolene, which is common in those strains that are uplifting. However, the effect of a terpene may change depending on the other compounds in a given strain, in what is known at the entourage effect and far more research is needed to establish exactly how this works.While the difference between some terpenes is subtle, each one can certainly bring new depth to the aromas and flavours present in a cannabis strain and there is growing evidence that they may also have therapeutic benefits.It is common now for cannabis analysis labs to look at terpene content, so when you are selecting a strain, it is not difficult to find information about its terpene profile. While terpene analysis is a relatively new field, it is certainly one that is full of potential and excitement.Here you can easily browse cannabis strains according to their terpene profile. If you are interested in viewing which strains contain a particular terpene, then you can click on the relevant link to see them all. We are continually updating our database and we strive to bring you the most accurate and up to date information possible. Take a look around to learn more about each terpene and the strains it is present in.

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