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What Are Terpenes in Cannabis?

By GMurray January 14, 2020

Terpenes are responsible for the variety of scents and flavours experienced from cannabis. When we look at potency of strain many tend to overlook cannabis terpenes. The terpene content of a strain is just as imporatant, some argue even more so, than THC percentages. 

Terpenes play a significant role in the type of high you may experience as together with THC to produces the desired effects. Ever smoked a high percentage strain and felt nothing? The answer - terpenes! 

The Cannabis plant is known for over 100 different type of terpenes but for the sake of simplicity we will focus the more dominant terpenes that you may come across inside a licensed store front.



There are two types of Pinene commonly found in the Canadian cannabis market. Alpha-Pinene and Beta-Pinene. Pinene is known to have effects that help with alertness and memory retention. Pinene is also believed to counteract some of the psychoactive THC effects.

This terpene is commonly found in: pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley.

Some popular strains that have an abundance of pinene include: Pedro's Sweet Sativa, Delahaze by San Rafael ’71



Beta-Caryophyllene is the terpene known to have a peppery scent with a touch of spice. This terpene is commonly found in black peppers it can also be found in cinnamon. It's effect are commonly known to be on the more relaxing side and cannabis with an abundance of this terpene can help with stress relief.

Some popular strains on the markets include: Quadra, Franco's Lemon Cheese


limonene terpene citrus

Limonene is known for its lime or citrus scent and is found in many everyday items like fruit rinds, cosmetics, and cleaning products. While limonene is often assumed to be abundant in strains that smell like lemon, this isn’t always the case. If you can't get your hand on a lab test we've outlined a number of strains that are high in Limonene.

This strain is great when you're looking for a mood enhancement and stress relief.

Some popular strains on the market that have Limonene in it are: Lemon ZkittleSour Tangi, Ruxton



Linalool is a terpene commonly found in lavendar. This particular terpene is known for it's sedative effects and is great for those having trouble sleeping and are looking for a sleep aid.

Some popular strains on the market right now include: Rest by Cove, Tsunami by Hexo



Myrcene is arguably the most common terpene that you will find with a licensed store in Canada. On average, myrcene can represent over 20% of the terpene profile in modern commercial strains and commonly found in Mangos and Lemon Grass.

Known for it's calming effects myrcene can help with those stressful days or when you're looking to unwind after a busy day. 

Some popular strains on the market for include: Casablanca by Edison, Black by Fireside, Galiano by Broken Coast