Terpenes are tiny organic molecules found in every strain of cannabis. They are responsible for the flavours and aromas you experience when vaporising cannabis flower.
Each strain has a different combination of terpenes, and no two strains are alike, kind of like snowflakes or fingerprints. Terpenes are also found in lots of other plants, not just the cannabis plant.
Administration of medicinal cannabis by vaporisation is an excellent way to retain the flavours of the terpenes, and products such as Boveda Terpene Shields help to protect and retain the terpene profile of the cannabis flower.
Below are just a few of the most common terpenes found in cannabis plants and some fun facts about them.
Also found in: clove, rosemary, hops, black pepper, oregano
Fun fact: the only terpene that binds to cannabinoid receptors
Also found in: peels of citrus fruits, pepper, cloves, hops, basil, oregano
Fun fact: is used as a food additive, as well as in cleaning agents
Also found in: pine trees, spruce trees, black pepper
Fun fact: found together in plants with alpha-pinene, just in smaller amounts
Also found in: allspice, nutmeg, tea tree, apples, cumin, juniper
Fun fact: referred to as a “lurker” terpene because it appears in many strains in small amounts
Also found in: basil, safe, clove, hope
Fun fact: partially responsible for giving cannabis its distinct spicy, herbaceous, and subtly floral bouquet of aromas
Also found in mangoes, bay leaves, hops, lemongrass, wild thyme
Fun fact: found in significant quantities in mangoes
Also found in coniferous trees, rosemary, basil, parsley, dill
Fun fact: what makes pine trees smell like pine
Also found in: lavender, mint, cinnamon, coriander
Fun fact: found in over 200 essential oils