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Primary Terpenes in Cannabis
Terpenes are an essential component of cannabis strains. Different strains have varying levels of the same terpenes, while others have a unique combination of terpenes. When we hear terpenes, most people immediately think of a flavor, and they’re not wrong. Many cannabis users identify their favorite strains through their tastes, but as you will find in this post, a different strain may have a flavor quite similar to your favorite.
Here are some terpenes in cannabis and their distinguishing features.
- Limonene: it is found in citrus peels and gives a characteristic uplifting feel to cannabis. It smells like lemons or lime. Some strains known for their limonene content include Bhangra and lemon tree, and the latter’s name gives it away. The South African KwaZulu is another notable mention. Limonene is not as common as Myrcene, but it gives a great feel to many strains.
- Myrcene: it’s the most common terpene in cannabis strains. Hops, mangoes, and balsam have a high quantity of myrcene. It is found in 21.3% of all cannabis strains, about a quarter of all strains. Myrcene’s taste can be tough to decipher. It’s not as distinct as citrus, and it has a more blended and complex feel. It is known for its characteristic earthiness.
- B-Caryophyllene: it is known to be a bit spicy and funky. It is also found in hops, oregano, cinnamon, rosemary, etc. It helps relieve stress and anxiety, and strains with this terpene are great for relaxation.
At least one of these terpenes is present in every cannabis strain you’ve ever tried, and they contribute to how great your experience with that strain will be. Some non-primary terpenes include linalool which has a lavender scent, terpinolene, which exhibits sedative effects, and pinene, famous for its Christmas tree feel.
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