The Impact of Terpenes on Cannabis: What You Need to Know

By Harry B. Nuggs

The Impact of Terpenes on Cannabis: What You Need to Know

Inhale deeply next visit to your dispensary's aromatic bounty - each bud releasing citrusy, floral, herbal essence. We know the famed cannabinoids like THC and CBD drive much of cannabis' alluring science. But have you been introduced to terpenes? These fragrant compounds play a leading role in directing experiences through an interconnected effect with cannabinoids. By understanding terpene presence and properties, we gain foresight into strains catering to desired activities and states of mind. Prepare your senses and judgment - terpenes hold keys to unlocking personalized pathways to cannabis' benefits. Let your nose guide you as we explore!

What are Terpenes?

Abundant across Earth’s flora, terpenes impart natural scents, flavors, and colors to plants. They act as bug and animal repellents while attracting pollinators too. In cannabis specifically, terpenes are produced alongside cannabinoids like THC and CBD, influencing aroma and taste. Most importantly, terpenes modulate how cannabinoids interact with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Over 100 different terpenes appear in cannabis. Common players like limonene, myrcene, and linalool each provide unique scents and effects. For example, citrusy limonene lifts moods while floral linalool calms anxious racing thoughts. Through this dynamic, terpenes directly impact the experience and benefits of different cannabis strains.

The Entourage Effect

Scientists call this synergy between cannabinoids and terpenes “the entourage effect.” Together, these plant compounds create an amplified therapeutic benefit compared to isolated components alone. Think of it as the ultimate partnership.

Terpene profiles help differentiate indica, sativa, and hybrid strains through this entourage effect. Buds with abundant myrcene impart that nice relaxing body high many enjoy before bedtime. Meanwhile, high limonene levels energize creativity and mood - great daytime companions for tackling life’s obstacles. This explains why strain effects vary well beyond just THC content.

Choosing Strains by Terpene Profile

Once aware of terpene influences, browsing buds becomes a more intentional sensory adventure. Checking out a strain’s test results provides a window into its aromatic profile. While personal body chemistry makes experiences less than perfectly predictable, this insight allows anticipating general effects based on dominant terpenes present.

For example, those seeking an uplifting creative spark could reach for strains dominant in limonene, pinene, or caryophyllene terpenes. Other times when you just want to chill out and unwind, consider relaxing myrcene-rich indicas like Granddaddy Purple. There are no set rules - only guidelines and gentle experiments to find what gels best with your endocannabinoid system.


While THC and CBD get the most attention, terpenes strongly support the cannabis experience. These smelly chemicals—limonene, myrcene, pinene and more—greatly change personal experiences by working with cannabinoids. As options grow, terpene profiles help match products to what we want. Rather than just using indica and sativa names, let your nose find nuances in each strain's smell. Understanding terpenes opens doors to custom well-being. Breathe in these gifts of nature, and let your senses guide your cannabis curiosity on an uplifting journey! Visit Smoakland's website to explore their terpene profiles and discover strains perfect for you.