Know your Terpenes

Similar to cannabinoid, indica an sativa you may have recently encountered a less commonly used word: terpenes. These are yet another compound found in cannabis.

But what are terpenes? 

Terpenes are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants and some animals. They are responsible for the aromas, flavors, and even colors associated with various types of vegetation. In terms of cannabis, terpenes are what make certain strains smell or taste different from others.

Below is a list of some of the most common terpenes found in the cannabis plant.



Found In

Familiar Names


Fresh & Piney

Conifers, evergreen trees, rosemary, orange peel, turpentine, pine, dill, basil, parsley.

Jack Herer, Dutch Treat, Romulan, Blue Dream, Island Sweet Kunk, OG Kush, Strawberry Cough



chamomile, cannabis


chamomile flower and other plants.


ACDC, Pink Kush, OG Shark, Master Kush, Headband, Rockstar



Spicy, peppery, woody tones

black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, oregano, hops, rosemary, basil

Bubba Kush, OG Kush, Chemdawg, Rockstar, Sour Diesel, Skywalker OG



cypress, pine, guaiacum, and cannabis


Chocolope, Blue Kush, Liberty Haze, Barbara Bud, White Widow, and Jean Guy.



Subtle earthy, woody aroma with spicy herbal notes

clove, hops, basil, coriander, and cannabis sativa


White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies, Headband, Pink Kush, Skywalker OG, and Sour Diesel.


Fruity & Citrusy

 fruit rinds, lemon


Strawberry Cough, Lemon G, White Fire OG, Strawberry Diesel, Purple Punch


Delicate floral aroma

lavender, coriander, cannabis


Amnesia Haze, LA Confidential, Lavender, Master Kush, Pink Kush, OG Shark

Myrcene (or β-myrcene

Musky, herbal, earthy

mangoes, lemongrass, bay laurel leaves, basil, thyme, cloves, cardamom, cannabis.

White Widow, Pure Kush, Himalayan Gold, Jack Herer, Pink Kush, and Warlock CBD.



Fragrant sweet, woody, herbacious

botanicals like mint, pepper, parsley, mangoes, basil, kumquats, orchids, and cannabis


Strawberry Cough, Golden Goat, Space Queen, Elwyn, OG Kush, Lemon Sour Diesel, and Chernobyl



Fresh, piney, herbal, floral & occasionally citrusy

lilacs, nutmeg, tea tree, apples, conifers, cumin, and cannabis


Jack Herer and its derivatives (Pineapple Jack, Super Jack, and J1), Afghani, Jean Guy, and Lemon Sour Diesel



floral scent with notes of fruity citrus, rose, and apple


jasmine, lemongrass, tea tree


Island Sweet Skunk, Skywalker OG, Jack Herrer


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