Terpenes are the aromatic oils responsible for cannabis’ distinctive aroma.
On its own, the cannabis plant contains more than 100 terpenes.
Any plant or fruit you can imagine contains terpenes as well. They alter much more than the aroma of cannabis. Additionally, they provide each strain with its own unique physiologic effects, and each strain contains a peculiar combination of terpenes. Myrcene, Limonene, Caryophyllene, Linalool, Pinene, Pulegone, Eucalyptol, and Nerolidol are the most beneficial terpenes. Myrcene may have a faintly sour aroma, similar to citrus or mango. It can act as an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, a sedative, or a muscle relaxant, and it has a citrusy aroma and a bergamot-like aroma. It has relaxing, anticancer, antianxiety, antinausea, and antidepressant properties. Caryophyllene smells intensely earthy, like wood, clove, spice, or pepper. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and sedative properties. Linalook has floral aromas reminiscent of hops, sage, and flowers. It has anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, analgesic, and sedative properties. Pinene has a pine aroma and can help you concentrate, have a better memory, and be more alert. Pinene also has anti-inflammatory properties. Pulegone is an invigorating, minty terpene that has memory-enhancing properties and can also function as a chest decongestant and sedative. Eucalyptol emits aromas of wood, spices, and rosemary. It enhances memory and can be used as a decongestant for the sinuses; it has a woodsy and floral aroma; it is an anti-anxiety terpene; and it relaxes and sedates you. If you are familiar with terpenes, you will know what to search for at the dispensary. Typically, bud tenders are available to answer any questions. Finding the appropriate strain to treat your symptoms could take some time. Since cannabis is entirely natural, experimenting with unusual strains is safe.