What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are responsible for the smell of Cannabis. They are composed of a five-carbon isoprene compound. Terpenes are also responsible for this difference in flavor among different strains.


Love that cooling, refreshing sensation you get from eucalyptus, mint, rosemary, tea tree, and mugwort? This is due to the terpene eucalyptol, which is also known as cineol.


I am sure by now, you are familiar with the obvious skunky ‘weed smell’. While some of this is due to the terpene known as myrcene, another contributor to the classic aroma of weed is geraniol.


Bisabolol proves to be a highly contributing factor in the full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids that amplify the remedial effects of cannabis.


Have you ever experienced “couch-lock” from using cannabis? That was most likely contributed by the effects of myrcene, our next terpene in the series! Myrcene is found in many forms of plants that may be very familiar to you: Cannabis, hops, mangos, thyme, lemongrass, and basil are some examples.