Terpenes are volatile aromatic molecules that evaporate easily and readily announce themselves to the nose. Various researchers have emphasized the pharmacological importance of terpenes, or terpenoids, which form the basis of aromatherapy, a popular holistic healing practice. Marijuana’s compelling fragrance and particular psychoactive flavor are determined by the predominate terpenes in a strain.

Around 200 terpenes have been found in cannabis, but only a few of these odiferous oily substances appear in amounts substantial enough to be noteworthy, or nose worthy, as it were. Terpenes are classified as organic compounds. Different strains of cannabis have a wide variety of smells and tastes. Many terpenes affect the aroma and flavor profile of your bud. By mapping out the terpene profiles, we can predict and manipulate them.


Some terpenes have been found to have medicinal benefits. That means, there are non-psychoactive compounds that can be used to safely treat an array of medical conditions. There are many different terpenes in cannabis, but here are 11 terpenoids found in marijuana that have shown medical applications and relieving effects.

1. Limonene

Limonene terpenes lemon flavor

  • Flavor / Aroma – Citrus.
  • Medicinal Uses – Limonene can be used to help promote weight loss, prevent and treat cancer, and treat bronchitis. It can also be used to make ointments and medicinal creams that penetrate the skin better.

2. Myrcene

  • Flavor / Aroma – Earthy and musky with a hint of fruity flavors.
  • Medicinal Uses –  Myrcene has been shown to be an effective anti inflammatory. It also works as a sedative and muscle relaxer. This could possibly contribute to the tired/stoney feeling often attributed to indicas.

3. Linalool

Linalool terpene ganja

  • Flavor / Aroma  Floral with a hint of spice. In addition to cannabis, linalool can be found in an array of flowers,mint, cinnamon, and even some fungi.
  • Medicinal Uses – Can be used as an anti inflammatory. It also helps to modulate motor movements. Another study found that Linalool could be used to help treat liver cancer.

4. Alpha Bisabolol

chamomile alpha bisabolol terpene

  • Flavor / Aroma – Floral. Alpha bisabolol is also found in chamomile.
  • Medicinal Uses Can be used to heal wounds, fights bacteria, and can be used a deodorizer. Research suggests alpha bisabolol has been effective in treating a variety of inflammations.

5. Delta 3 Carene

Delta 3 Carene marijuana terpene pine woods

  • Flavor / Aroma – Piney / earthy.
  • Medicinal Uses Studies have found Delta 3 Carene to be an effective anti inflammatory. It is also known to dry fluids like tears, running noses, and menstrual flows.

6. Borneol

Borneol terpene earthy weed

  • Flavor / Aroma – Earthy and camphor.
  • Medicinal Uses – Borneol can be used as an analgesic, anti-insomnia, anti-septic, and bronchodilator.

7. Alpha-Pinene / Beta-Pinene

Alpha Pinene Beta Pinene terpene cannabis

  • Flavor / Aroma – Pine. This is, of course, partially where pine trees get their scent from.
  • Medicinal Uses – Pinene has been shown to have anti inflammatory properties.

8. Eucalyptol

Eucalyptol terpene marijuana

  • Flavor / Aroma – Spicy. Eucalyptol is used as a cooking spice and fragrance.
  • Medicinal Uses – Eucalyptol is used in a variety of products including cough suppressants, mouthwash, and body powder.

9. Terpineol

Terpineol terpene clove cannabis

  • Flavor / Aroma – Pine, clove.
  • Medicinal Uses Studies suggest cannabis-extracted terpineol contains antioxidant properties.

10. Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene terpene marijuana

  • Flavor / Aroma – Hoppy. Cannabis and hops are basically cousins.
  • Medicinal UsesStudies suggest that caryophyllene may help treat anxiety and depression.

11. Cineole

Cineole terpene marijuana

  • Flavor / Aroma – Herbal.
  • Medicinal Uses – Cineole is all about anti – anti inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral, antinociceptive.

The Future of Terpenes

There is still so much to learn about terpenes. Researchers will continue to map out different strains. Once terpenes have been identified researches can extract them and test clinically. Just thinking about the possible medical benefits is incredibly exciting. Terpenes affect more than just the flavor, they change the feeling and effect of your flower. Get to know them and you will have a better ability to find the treatment you seek.

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