The most popular way to categorize cannabis strains has always been the old Sativa-Hybrid-Indica breakdowns. But is this categorization method out dated? A lot of cannabis connoisseurs would argue that it is. So how do you know which strain is going to provide you with the most enjoyable high? Grouping cannabis based on their terpene profiles is the more modern way to differentiate between strains.
If you talk to anyone who dabs a lot you’ve probably heard them say the word “terps” which is an abdication for terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found within the oils every plant found on earth. These natural aromas create a unique scent that distinguishes the plant its derived from. This is unique aroma is especially true for cannabis. If you’ve had the opportunity to experience a variety of cannabis strains then you know that each one smells has its own unique smell and flavor.
There are more than 100 terpenes found in the cannabis plant. The eight most common terpenes found within the cannabis plat are Terpinolene, Linalool, Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene, Pinene, Humulene and Carene. Each one carries a different scent and taste profile. The high you get can changed based off of a cannabis strains terpene and your own unique indocannabonoid system. Finding what terpene profile best fits you and the effects your looking for takes time and experimentation. But, if your new to cannabis this guide will be a good place to start your journey to discovering your favorite strains.
Has an earthy, fruity, clove like scent and is the most common terpene found in cannabis.
Has a smokey/woody aroma found in apples, lilacs and tea trees. Terpinolene possesses promising anti-bacterial and anti-fungus properties.
Often described as having a lavender-like scent and is known to introduce powerful sedative feeling.
Is associated with a peppery or clove like aromas and has an overall soothing effect.
Has a strong citrus scent and has been known to produce an overall uplift in mood and energy.
Gives off a earthy pine-like aroma thats been known to cause an uptake in alertness.
Carries a woody earth-like taste and is most commonly found in hops. Humulene is known to have promising inflammatory effects.
Also has a woody aroma and maybe the cause of the “cottonmouth and dry-eyes side effect brought on by cannabis consumption.