Terpenes and Cannabis… What Does Terpy Even Mean?

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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.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor operating in the scenic Snohomish Valley area. We produce a clean, intelligent crop that has become a go-to brand for a number of top shops in Washington state. We’re known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

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