Terpenes and Cannabis… What Does Terpy Even Mean?

The cannabis industry is growing at a rapid rate. Technology has enabled farmers and extractors to be innovative, developing more methods for growing and extraction. With many farmers utilizing progressively more scientific methods of growing cannabis and extracting its oils, the role of terpenes has come into prominence.

You may hear someone say something is “terpy,” to indicate the strong aromatic quality of a certain bud or extract.

But what does that really mean?

Terpenes are natural essential oils secreted by all plants and are also responsible for the smell and flavor in plants and fruit.

In a similar way that aromatherapy is known as an effective form of stress or anxiety relief, THC and terpenes working together relax or stimulate your senses. A chemical reaction occurs between your body and the presence of terpenes combined with THC to produce varying effects.

Overall, we’re still not completely sure what all terpenes can do to help (or harm) the body. So far, we know about the presence of the endocannabinoid system. This system allocates THC and terpenes to different sites on the body to amplify the therapeutic aspects of the herb in a process known as the “entourage effect.” 

Popular Terpenes


You definitely already know this terpene as it exists in lemongrass, cannabis, and even hops. This is where you’ll find prominent citrus and earthy aromas. This terp is largely associated with pain reduction, and quelling inflammation as well as muscle spasms.



As the name suggests, this terpene represents the tart, yet sweet scent you’ve definitely encountered. This lemon-lime flavored terp can aid users with depression and anxiety while also containing antibiotic and antioxidant properties.



Alpha-Pinene is you guessed it—that sweet pine aroma. You can find it emanating from several coniferous trees, as well as several stinky nugs. This terpene interacts with your body by promoting memory retention and alertness. It can also be utilized to improve lung function in some patients with asthma.



In more rare cases you will detect an herbal stench akin to lavender. This is the sneaky, yet helpful terpene known as linalool. Known to provide sedative and anti-anxiety properties, users with epilepsy and similar conditions should seek out cannabis products with this terp present.



Probably the most aromatically notorious terpene of all is caryophyllene which provides that “skunky” odor. In more classic strains you may notice this gassy aroma, taking note that it may help protect cells lining your digestive tract.



In the realm of essential oils present in both hops and in cannabis, humulene is undoubtedly the culprit. If you’ve ever taken a whiff of some weed that smells like a hoppy beer, take note, because this terpene helps control your appetite as well as fight cancer cells.


The medical benefits of terpenes in combination with cannabinoids is a field still under heavy exploration. Other common terpenes include terpineol, eucalyptol, menthol, and citronellol that each play similar roles in affecting your body through smell and taste. As research continues, there are endless possibilities for finding holistic solutions to several medical conditions with the right kind of cannabis products.

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Learn About Different Types Of Terpenes

Terpenes are hydrocarbons seen in the oils of plants. While they are an important part of the cannabis plant, terpenes are also found in all fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Terpenes are responsible for providing flavors and also usually produce a highly potent natural aroma. While terpenes differ from one strain to another, there are a number of types that are consistently seen.


Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene that has the scent of sweet, woody, and spicy flavors. While this terpene found among various different strains, it is most commonly seen in topicals due to bonding closely with peripheral CB2 receptors. There are a fair number of medical benefits from this terpene as it has consistently shown to decrease inflammation and fight against anxiety and depression. One of the most interesting facts about beta-caryophyllene is that it reduces an individual’s craving for alcohol. While this terpene exists in many strains, the most popular can be found in OG Kush, Bubba Kush, and Chemdawg.



Humulene is best known for helping cure cancer and reduce inflammation throughout the body. This terpene also decreases the appetite, which has a far different effect from a number of other terpenes. Studies have shown that humulene has effectively provided treatment for arthritis, bursitis, and fibromyalgia. Humulene is most frequently found in the sativa strain. Aside from cannabis, it can be described as having a beer scent as it’s also found in hops, cloves, and basil. Common strains that contain this terpene include White Widow and Headband.


A few other common terpenes seen in cannabis includes limonene and pinene. Limonene contains a scent that is more citrus and lemon-based. It’s is a terpene that is considered to be more relaxing when it comes to effects.


In contrast, the pinene terpene has a far different as it has a more natural earthly flavor. It can be described as having the taste and scent of pine needles. This terpene is known to have an uplifting and energetic effect that is seen in sativa strains.


Compared to spicy and hop-based scents, the trans-nerolidol terpene takes on a far different aroma. It can be described as having a floral scent that incorporates influences of citrus and roses. This terpene’s medical impact isn’t as clear cut compared to humulene and beta-caryophyllene as there many tests still investigating the medical benefits. While the information is limited, it does have anti-fungal and antimicrobial attributes. Common strains that contain the trans-nerolidol terpene include Skywalker OG and Island Sweet Skunk.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

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