Understanding Different Types of Terpenes

Did you know that there are more than 100 terpenes in a single cannabis flower?

Needless to say, these aren’t present in your cannabis products for additional flavor alone. Basically, terpenes are the hemp plant’s scent molecules. Sure, they make your product smell good, but their key functionality is much more than that.

If you’re unaware of the different types of terpenes and how they work, no worries. We’ve got your back. Keep on reading for our full breakdown of what terpenes are all about, as well as a quick exploration of the most popular ones on the market.

What Are Terpenes?

Let’s start with the basics. You’ll find that in high-quality cannabis and CBD products, there will be terpenes mentioned.

In the simplest of terms, terpenes are what make lemons smell “lemony,” it’s the natural compound responsible for your favorite natural smells, like lavender and citrus.

Moreover, the term “terpenes” originates from “turpentine,” which is the appropriate word to describe the resin derived from pine trees.

Types of Terpenes 101

There are more than 15 popular types of terpenes that you’ll see on the market. Yet, for this article, we’ll cover the main three types of terpenes.


This type of terpene is the most abundant in cannabis out of the whole lot. It’s also mostly found in nature. In some strains, you’ll find that myrcene can make up more than 65% of the total terpene profile, specifically in some strains.

If you’ve tried out a product with earthy, clove-like, musky tones, then you’ve probably already consumed a product that’s rich in myrcene.

You’ll want to know that the strains that have 0.5% (or more) of this terpene tend to provide sedative effects. Besides, it’s a useful compound for reducing inflammation, as well as chronic pain.


This word might remind you of “lemon” for a good reason. This is the second most abundant terpene you’ll find in cannabis strains. However, not all strains will have it. This terpene gives off a citrusy smell, which to no surprise, you’ll find a lot of citrus fruits have large amounts of this terpene.

What’s great about this compound is its ability to reduce stress, and improve your mood. In addition to its soothing properties, it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.


Finally, we have one of the key terpene responsible for giving marijuana its floral and spicy scent.

Linalool is naturally found in mint, cinnamon, lavender, and mint. It’s a great option for folks who are dealing with depression, insomnia, seizures, arthritis, and even cancer.

Ready to Explore the World Of Terpenes?

We know how overwhelming it can be to pick the right product with the perfect terpenes content, especially for beginners.

Hopefully, our little guide on the different types of terpenes was helpful in your search for the perfect product. Just remember to always follow your product’s instructions when it comes to selecting the right dose.

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